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Rise of the Machines- Human Authors in a digital World by Kristen Lamb

Rise of the Machines--Human Authors in a Digital World Rise of the Machines-Human Authors in a digital World by Kristen Lamb.  Published June 27 2013 by WANA International.  CDN $7.26 Kindle Edition.

Here we are—the future is now. The machines have taken over. Everything is computerized. People no longer talk, they text. What number do we have to press to get a flesh and blood HUMAN?

It’s easy to feel like we’re losing our humanity when surrounded by computers, cell phones, and text messaging, but I’m here to bring you the good news. The same machines that seem to be stealing our humanity also have the power to restore it. Yes, you read correctly. The more we embrace technology, the more distinctly human we can become.

The new author is a cyborg of sorts—part human, part machine. The machine part allows us to compose series of words, copy them, email them, and then send them across the globe with a push of a button. We can research faster and more accurately than ever before. We can communicate with people all over the planet real-time and virtually for free. The new power technology has given writers has made us, in effect, superhuman.

Branding has broken free of marketing’s shackles and merged with personal identity. If we want to thrive in our new environment, we need to adapt, to apply technology as an extension of our humanness.

This is not a book to teach you 1,000 ways to blast people with advertising. The WANA Way is different than anything you’ve likely encountered. It is constructed using the timelessness of art, blended with the strength of human relationships. Platforms are more than a zillion ways to try to part readers from money; they are living works of art and meshed with the soul of the writer-artist.

The machines are rising, but humans were here first. (Goodreads Excerpt)

Kristen Lamb is absolutely amazing.  I published my first book without a clue as to what I was doing in terms of marketing and social media.  My publisher told me to make a facebook author page.  Ok done.  My family and friends ‘liked’ my page.  Now what?  Get a website.  Ok done.  Then I found Kristen Lamb’s blog and thankfully I did.  She knows everything about social media and what not to do on it.  Then I read her book.  Holy cow the lights come on and I have to hand-slap my forehead.  Talk about doing things backwards and the hard way.

I won’t go into too much detail but Kristen takes you on a step by step of how to make your author platform, how to do it the easy way and shows us that we all need a little help. In her words the WANA way – We are not alone.  She stands by her word and offers help and insight in her book, on her blog, on twitter and anywhere else.

Point in fact!  I am now addicted to twitter.  I can’t believe that.  I regularly chat on facebook.  My website domain actually contains my full name now…lol  who knew? I have met lots of people on line that I love chatting with and have made many new friends.

A must read for any serious writer looking to figure out the scary world of social media.

5 stars!

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Friday Finds (July 26)

FF2_MdFRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Friday Finds this week was discovered when a friend of mine mentioned this book.  She said she has been dying to read it but  could not find it in Canada nor on Amazon, Kobo etc.  I emailed the author via Goodreads and she put me in touch with a supplier in Australia who will ship the book to me for free.  So I will patiently await its arrival.  Looks very promising.

Bitter Greens Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

An utterly captivating reinvention of the Rapunzel fairytale weaved together with the scandalous life of one of the tale’s first tellers, Charlotte-Rose de la Force.

Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from the court of Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. She is comforted by an old nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens…

Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1512 and still inspiring him at the time of his death, sixty-four years later. Called La Strega Bella, Selena is at the centre of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition, retaining her youth and beauty by the blood of young red-haired girls.

After Margherita’s father steals a handful of parsley, wintercress and rapunzel from the walled garden of the courtesan Selena Leonelli, he is threatened with having both hands cut off unless he and his wife give away their little red-haired girl. And so, when she turns seven, Margherita is locked away in a tower, her hair woven together with the locks of all the girls before her, growing to womanhood under the shadow of La Strega Bella, and dreaming of being rescued…

Three women, three lives, three stories, braided together to create a compelling story of desire, obsession, black magic and the redemptive power of love. (Goodreads Excerpt)

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

Friday Finds is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!

WWW Wednesdays (July 24)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My Answers:

Currently Reading:

Grasping at Eternity (The Kindrily, #1) Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper

Rise of the Machines--Human Authors in a Digital World Rise of the Machines : Human Authors in a digital World by Kristen Lamb

Pure (Covenant, #2) Recently Finished: Pure (Covenant #2) by Jennifer Armentrout. Absolutely loved this second book in the series. Here is my review:

https://cynthia2729.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/pure-jennifer-armentrout/

Next:

Enchantment (Channie, #1) Shift (Shade, #2)Enchantment (A magical YA Paranormal romance) and Shift(Shade #2) These are still on my Kindle but I had to bump them. Sigh…so little time!

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!

Friday Finds (July 19)

FF2_MdFRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Friday finds this week is a non fiction book (shocker I know) even though it sounds like fiction by the title.  I am a huge fan of the author and finally picked up her book a couple days ago.  I am about 1/4 through and the advice is fantastic for writers/bloggers and anyone who wants to learn about social networking.  You can also check out her blog here http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/

Rise of the Machines--Human Authors in a Digital World Rise of the Machines – Human Writers in a Digital world by Kristen Lamb.

Here we are—the future is now. The machines have taken over. Everything is computerized. People no longer talk, they text. What number do we have to press to get a flesh and blood HUMAN?

It’s easy to feel like we’re losing our humanity when surrounded by computers, cell phones, and text messaging, but I’m here to bring you the good news. The same machines that seem to be stealing our humanity also have the power to restore it. Yes, you read correctly. The more we embrace technology, the more distinctly human we can become.

The new author is a cyborg of sorts—part human, part machine. The machine part allows us to compose series of words, copy them, email them, and then send them across the globe with a push of a button. We can research faster and more accurately than ever before. We can communicate with people all over the planet real-time and virtually for free. The new power technology has given writers has made us, in effect, superhuman.

Branding has broken free of marketing’s shackles and merged with personal identity. If we want to thrive in our new environment, we need to adapt, to apply technology as an extension of our humanness.

This is not a book to teach you 1,000 ways to blast people with advertising. The WANA Way is different than anything you’ve likely encountered. It is constructed using the timelessness of art, blended with the strength of human relationships. Platforms are more than a zillion ways to try to part readers from money; they are living works of art and meshed with the soul of the writer-artist.

The machines are rising, but humans were here first. (Goodreads Excerpt)

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

Friday Finds is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!