THE BEST TIME TO POST
Opinions vary, but here’s a common sense look at some of your favorite sites and times with the most traffic.
Generally, the best times to post on Instagram are lunchtime (11am-1pm) and evenings (7-9pm). Post during off-work hours, however with everyone home during the pandemic you might be alright any time of the day or night.
According to a Buffer study, the best time to post to Facebook is between 1pm – 3pm on during the week and Saturdays.
The days that show the highest level of engagement are Friday through Saturday, as well as Wednesday. The best time to post, in general, is around 5:00 PM, which can be extended over several time zones.
According to HubSpot, the best time frames to post on Twitter are 8-10 am and 6-9 pm
Fridays and Saturdays may be the best times. This makes sense since people often use Pinterest to plan DIY projects, weddings, and home décor, and weekends are a good time to plan and complete these.
UNFORGETTABLE FICTIONAL CHARACTERS
Here’s a list of a few unforgettable fictional characters that seem to have life beyond the pages. A great character isn’t always likeable, but one that can evoke strong emotion or a memorable experience for the reader. Are any of these your favorites?
Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Emma Bovary, Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
Prince Hamlet, Hamlet, William Shakespeare
Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote
Frankenstein’s Monster, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
Peter Pan, Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie
Scarlett O’Hara, Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
Jay Gatsby, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Just to name a few…
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EXCEL FOR AUTHOR EXPENSE & INCOME
During the month of April, we are blogging about “Tips and Tools” for writers. This is such an important topic, we’ll be blogging about it again in November under “Writing Resources”. We’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions too. Please leave your comments below.
GET ORGANIZED NOW
You may be a newbie writer drowning in the muddle of author platforms, social media, chapter hooks, and wide or not wide. It can be overwhelming. Regardless of where you are in your writing career, there’s no better time than 2020 to get your finances organized. From online spreadsheet templates to high dollar accounting software, there are many options available. As a newbie writer, I began with several books on KDP and tracked my business with a simple Excel Spreadsheet.
First, I recommend that you:
- Open a separate author checking account.
- Only use your author debit card or a designated credit card for expenses related to your writing business.
Don’t be tempted to charge anything on your author card that cannot be expensed. When you set up payments for book sales from KDP, Ingram, etc., and Square (if you plan to have booths at book fairs and take credit cards), have all of the royalties and payments come directly to your author checking account. All of your income will be posted right there on your bank statement, which you can easily make copies for your CPA or transfer to an income spreadsheet.
Second, set up a spreadsheet for expenses, a check register, where you will record checks you have written, cash disbursements and credit card charges all relating to your author business. Across the top list the Categories, for example:
|Date||Ck #||Off Sup|| Workshop
|Travel Exp||Research Reference||Professional Fees/Dues||Mrktng|
Those sticky notes, writing pens, spirals, and copy paper are office supplies. Don’t forget about the printer ink cartridges. That trip you took to the beach to get a feel for the setting of your next series can be counted as author expense under research and travel. You can set up sub-categories by working titles or series title. That little ad you placed in your local newspaper announcing your newest release is marketing expense, and maybe you bought the newspaper editor’s lunch. Log that under public relations. There are many different ways to set up your expense categories. Check with your CPA to make sure you have the right categories for your particular situation.
In the meantime, stay safe and happy writing!
“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”
– E. L. Doctorow