What IS W.A.N.A.? A Nursery for Stars—WE ARE NOT ALONE

Image via Flickr Commons and contributed by The Smithsonian.

Image via Flickr Commons and contributed by The Smithsonian.

Yesterday, a minister commented on one of my posts and said something that made me really think, “Sometimes even the ministers need ministering.” My purpose with my blogs and teachings have always been to serve writers holistically. We are humans with dreams, wants, needs, crises, and people depending on us. Writers need more than a craft class, Facebook lessons or a better way to write a query letter.

Often, when we decide to become writers, those closest to us can become our biggest dream-stealers. I know when I left sales to become a writer, it was ugly. I might as well have told my family that I was moving to New Mexico to worship aliens who’d whisk me away on a comet if I wore a gray track suit and Nikes.

The aliens never showed up, btw. Total…flakes. *rolls eyes*

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People have often made the joke about the Church of WANA, yet in ways, it is. I’ve made it my mission for the past five years to serve writers as human beings. I educate about craft, and all of my social media teachings are centered around love, service and focusing on building community. I offer no fancy tools or algorithmic alchemy, just a simple formula. Love each other. Be who you are. Be storytellers. Be there.

That’s it.

I wanted writers to know they weren’t alone. Much of our job is grueling, solitary and even mocked. If we aren’t J.K. Rowling, we aren’t “real” writers and our “job” is viewed as a silly hobby (as if J.K. Rowling began as a mega-author *grumbles*). It can be very easy to give up if one is alone…which is WHY I created WANA (which stands for We Are Not Alone).

When I began my journey to become an author, I was very lonely. Had it not been for my mom, I know I would have given up. She allowed me to live with her on the condition I worked and did everything I could to reach my dream. We had many close to us tell her that she was “enabling me” and that no thirty-year-old should be living at home with Mom.

Image Courtesy of Jenny Kaczorowski WANA Commons

Image Courtesy of Jenny Kaczorowski WANA Commons

I needed to stop being a fool and a leech go get a “real job.” One of our church elders informed me I had a better chance of being hit with lightning than becoming a published author and that I needed to be an adult and pursue a “real” career (He was a stockbroker, and we no longer attend that church).

Anyway, after what he said to me, I fell apart and polished the resume. I contacted my former boss to see if he would give me a recommendation, that I was giving up writing and going to find something in sales.

He refused. He’d read my writing and told me he would not support me giving up on my dream.

TWO people. Two people made the difference.

Thus, years later when I discovered blogging and social media, I wanted to pay that precious gift forward. I knew what it was like trudging through craft books that were garbage or outdated. It was a nightmare trying to find solid guidance on craft. I also knew social media would be a game-changer, that it would be the key to empowering authors.

In 2007, I witnessed literary agents being downright cruel to new authors. Some even refused to accept pitches or openly mocked query letters as if the poor writer who’d written it wasn’t human. I received rejection letters with my name misspelled or even the wrong title of the book. So I was supposed to do every little last detail perfectly but it was OKAY to not even offer the human decency to spell MY name properly?

Right.

I vowed I would change this. Writers didn’t deserve to be the least and the last. Baby writers needed guidance and nurturing and YES…even protection. We needed a family when we couldn’t rely on our own. We needed support—professionally, spiritually and emotionally.

Then came W.A.N.A.

I wish it was wholly my idea, but it coalesced from a small group of people who started to care for one another. I took note and began building on that. Writers didn’t have to go this hard road alone. We are here. Need a beta reader? Are you sick and need a guest blog? Need advice for cover design? Need a good template for how to write a synopsis?

Need a friend because it’s two in the morning and you’re sitting with a loved one in the hospital? Suffered a loss? Feel like giving up? Doubting your dream? Questioning your sanity for even daring to try?

Just speak out in the darkness and a W.A.N.A. will answer.

We won’t let you quit.

WANAs at Huntington Beach...

WANAs at Huntington Beach…

We have been there to help writers on deadlines and offer guest posts. One writer was broad-sided by a truck. She expected her platform to be gone when she finally got home. Nope. W.A.N.A.s were there. W.A.N.A. has supported the birth of babies and even been there to cheer on the brave ones fighting cancer, yet still writing.

Susie Lindau, the bravest WANA of all...

Susie Lindau, the bravest WANA of all…

It’s funny how I’ve spent so long being there for the W.A.N.A.s, yet the tables so recently turned. This past year, so many times, I’ve wanted to give in and give up. I was absolutely wrecked. I’d fallen and couldn’t get up…until countless digital hands reached from around the world to hold me, to prop me up and let me know that I was NOT ALONE.

So I thank you. I’m on my way back and you guys are the light that guides me. Thank you for ministering the minister :D. I love what I do. I love to believe there are baby writers who are now full-grown authors because W.A.N.A. was there protecting them, loving them, nurturing them, and supporting them. I love the people W.A.N.A. has brought together, because I might never have been so blessed to know you any other way.

W.A.N.A. isn’t just some hashtag to blast promotions or a gimmicky group to cross-promote. It’s a nebula; a light in the dark…a nursery for stars ;).

Thank you for shining so bright.

Join us at #MyWANA or on the We Are Not Alone Facebook Page or at W.A.N.A.Tribe, the social site built for creative people.

  1. #1 by Just Deb on May 13, 2011 - 7:52 pm

    Pants of shame….lol. That is actually very good. Mine are a little tight right now:P What an amazing blog or treasures this is, just recommended to me and…WOW!

  2. #2 by Violeta on May 17, 2011 - 7:02 pm

    Ah! I see. Great idea! Great post! Will be checking up on myWANA from now on. :)

  3. #3 by Leigh D'Ansey on May 18, 2011 - 10:57 pm

    Put Tweetdeck on my PC a week or two back. Only just figured how to add a column! Have added #MYWANA and really looking forward to learning more.

  4. #4 by Katie Dodge on May 20, 2011 - 4:18 am

    Awesome! Thanks! Can’t wait to get into all this tweeting! :)

  5. #5 by MaryC on May 22, 2011 - 12:31 am

    Love your Peeps! Thanks for all you do in supporting writers and community!

  6. #6 by Lani on May 26, 2011 - 11:18 pm

    Thank you – I had no clue what # hash tag thingys were…until i read this. And I still dont know what a Twitter deck is but Im going to go check it out right after this. I havent read anybody else explain twitter and community link stuff better than this. Wow. I used to think twitter was just for idiotic celebrities to tell other idiots their every move – but “my eyes are opened and now I see…”

    So do we need permission to use the #MYWANA tag thing? Is there a sign up sheet?

    Another great post. (Walking away with eyes wide open and full of light…)

  7. #7 by Lynn kelley on May 31, 2011 - 1:32 am

    I’m here via Katie Dodge’s blog. Just getting used to blogging and soon to give Twittering a shot, so thanks for this post. Still sounds overwhelming to me, but I’ll stumble and bumble my way through it! That seems to be my MO! Love the “Twibe.”

  8. #8 by Barbara Watson on June 3, 2011 - 10:00 pm

    Ahhhh. An explanation for what I’ve been seeing on Twitter. The #myWANA. Love this! Thank you.

  9. #9 by Stephanie Jefferson on June 11, 2011 - 10:08 pm

    I am so there.

    • #10 by windycindy on June 16, 2011 - 3:27 pm

      Ooh! Ooh! Don’t leave without me!

      You are a Godsend to totally confused, overwhelmed, and shell-shocked writers, like me, who are afraid to cross the street without holding somebody’s hand…thanks for volunteerng yours.

      • #11 by Author Kristen Lamb on June 16, 2011 - 3:42 pm

        Any time :D.

        • #12 by Nancy Silk (NancyOfUtah on Twitter) on August 13, 2011 - 2:08 am

          Kristen Lamb, I’m new to your blog, and I think I missent my comments to someone else. So here goes again. Just read your “Devil is in the Details” where you ask what our pet peeves are as we read a book. I have three. 1) Too much description of intense detail, not enough dialog or action. 2) Too many scenes of different characters on different missions. I get confused between characters and what missions they are on. 3) Using big words that readers don’t use or technical descriptions for pros, without desription for common reader. Short, simple words will do for most readers I think. Actually, there one more peeve, too long sentences and chapters. People don’t have a lot of time to read, catching time on the fly. I think they want to move quickly through a book and move on to another fine book. Okay, I’m buying your “We Are Not Alone” as I need all the help I can get. I’m am currently working on a manuscript of a deceased relative who worked on it for years, writing it three times with 3 different titles. Like James Rollins, I get very involved in the editing and inputing of this novel into the computer. I love the work and time spent.I need to do it right so that, hopefully, her manuscript will finally get published. Thanks for listening, and hope you ask me to send you some pages.

          • #13 by Kim Terry (@kt11347) on September 6, 2011 - 11:07 am

            Nancy, you mentioned two of my pet peeves: including too much narrative and not enough action or dialogue. A favorite author (whose name I will not mention) is guilty of both. Never used to notice that until I started writing.

  10. #14 by cory on June 19, 2011 - 12:31 am

    Kristen. I love your blog. I have been reading it since I was referred to it by a close friend. It inspired me to write about fear for next weeks column. I will use your name and credit you for the idea. Thank you

    Cory

  11. #15 by Diana L on June 19, 2011 - 6:46 am

    So THIS is what #myWANA is. :D Definitely going to be watching this hashtag :D

  12. #16 by Laura Marcella on June 29, 2011 - 4:46 pm

    I just discovered this! Some of my fellow writing Twitter buddies had the #myWANA hashtag and I had no idea what it was. I googled it and was directed here. Cool idea! Glad I know what it means now!

  13. #17 by S. R. Macer Jr. on July 13, 2011 - 5:24 pm

    Great Blog, Kristen.

    I’m reading “We Are Not Alone…,” enjoying it and diving in, Pants of Shame lifted high …or not so much. Looking forward to being a part of the twibe.

  14. #18 by Ishta Mercurio on July 18, 2011 - 8:43 pm

    AHHHH – the mystery of #MyWANA explained! Thanks for doing this; it’s a great idea, and it’s wonderful to see writers taking the initiative and actively building community.

  15. #19 by Ishta Mercurio on July 18, 2011 - 8:46 pm

    Also: I just discovered your blog, and I really like what you’re doing here. Smiles to you!

  16. #20 by Sarah Brabazon on August 1, 2011 - 11:14 pm

    Thank you Kristen. Without meaning to appear stalkerish, I’m following you, your book is my bible, singing your praises :-) and now I’m hashtagging mywana.

    • #21 by Author Kristen Lamb on August 2, 2011 - 12:21 am

      Feel free to stalk all you like, but if you’re gonna hang out in my bushes, please take a few weeds with you :D. Awesome, and so great to have you here at the sanitarium #MyWANA. Rumor has it you get pudding on Wednesdays if you behave, but the trick is the behaving part.

  17. #22 by Amy Eyrie on August 11, 2011 - 8:09 am

    Wow! This is awesome… Thanks Kristen. You have such a positive, vibrant energy.

  18. #23 by Nancy Silk (NancyOfUtah on Twitter) on August 13, 2011 - 1:51 am

    Kristen, I’m new to your blog, and not sure how this works yet. Just read your “Devil is in the Details” and you asked what our pet peeves are when reading a book. I have three. 1) Too much description and not enough action or dialog. 2) Multiple scenes, where different characters contribute to a story on different missions–I have trouble identifying the specific characters to the specific mission. 3) When authors use big words or words not familiar to common readers, when shorter, simpler words will do. And, I guess I have to add one more: 4) Sentences too long as well as chapters. Time is limited for most people to read. I think they like to work thru a book easily and quickly. That’s why I’m buying your “We Are Not Alone.” If I had a blog, I’d link with yours, but I don’t…yet! And besides, I’m like James Rollins, I lose myself and time in working on a manuscript . One written by a deceased relative years ago that she worked on for so long. I hope to do well and get her manuscript published. I think she’d be thrilled.

  19. #24 by Martin Shone on August 29, 2011 - 9:31 am

    Nice site and helpful, #MyWANA is now a saved search on twitter. Can’t use Tweetdeck on my laptop, it’s too old and won’t accept it. Do you have an RSS feed, it’s better than having my inbox chock full?

    • #25 by Author Kristen Lamb on August 29, 2011 - 9:54 am

      THANKS! On the lower portion of the right column there is an elephant with a striped butt. That’s the RSS feed button :D.

      • #26 by Martin Shone on August 29, 2011 - 10:06 am

        Got it, thanks. When I roll the pointer over the hefalump it says “facebook login” like the blue chick above it. However the RSS feed works fine.

  20. #27 by Kim Kathleen Terry on September 9, 2011 - 9:54 pm

    I just now found #MyWANNA. Intend to pop in regularly.
    Thanks, Kristen!

  21. #28 by Kim Kathleen Terry on September 9, 2011 - 9:56 pm

    I downloaded TweetDeck, the other day, but I am having trouble finding it on my laptop. Is it something that has a little desktop icon? (???)

  22. #29 by Kim Kathleen Terry on September 9, 2011 - 10:04 pm

    Okay, never mind. I did a search and found TweetDeck. Am monkeying around with it, now.

  23. #30 by Jonathan Longstaff (@pukunui81) on October 26, 2011 - 6:05 am

    I am new to blogging and twitter, and I had been wondering what this “myWANA” thing was after seeing a friend use it a few times, so I googled it and found this. Thanks for providing an handy explanation, and thanks for providing the tribe too. I’ve started using the myWANA hashtag with some of my own tweets myself.

    • #31 by Author Kristen Lamb on October 26, 2011 - 7:01 am

      AWESOME! We are so happy to have you :D.

  24. #32 by Bee Snow on October 27, 2011 - 9:36 am

    “One # to rule them all and on the TweetDeck bind them.” — LOL

    “Where our peeps hang out” with photo of peeps — BOO! Take your bad puns and get off the stage! ;D

    Over here via Pam Asberry. I’m downloading tweetdeck as I type this. Thanks for all the great information!

  25. #33 by amotherworld on October 29, 2011 - 7:12 am

    Love this concept! Please also feel free to join #OSB – Old School Blogging.http://su.pr/29VobV

  26. #34 by Mark on November 4, 2011 - 1:03 pm

    #MyWANA is a great idea, but not sure I am understanding exactly what it is. Okay, its a hashtag, but can anyone write a blog or tweet and add that hashtag or do we join a group somewhere like some my writing group on Yahoo?

    • #35 by Author Kristen Lamb on November 4, 2011 - 1:13 pm

      If you download TweetDeck you can make a #MyWANA column then follow everyone who uses that #. It’s a way of getting immediately plugged into an active community of support. So if you want to participate, follow the # and then tweet with #MyWANA at the end of the tweet and you will appear in the column. Makes it easier to connect and befriend great people.

  27. #36 by Mark on November 4, 2011 - 1:40 pm

    Thanks Kristen, taken together with Tweet Deck that does make a lot more sense to me :) Installing now

  28. #37 by TheJuanisaJ  (@nisajaie) on November 9, 2011 - 7:26 pm

    I happen to fumble upon #MyWANA by accident today and I love the concept! I am excited to find out more and tweet with other writers.

  29. #38 by kathryn magendie on December 9, 2011 - 7:51 am

    Usually late to the party, and I stand in the corner with my back to the wall hoping everyone will come over to me so I won’t have to go over to them – sooooo, after reading your book about blogging, and looking ’round your site, guess I need to jump out my timid skin and into the party :-D

  30. #39 by Tracey Livesay on December 13, 2011 - 7:43 pm

    Just read your two books… loved them. I was trying to clean out my google reader and saw your blog on FF&P. I have a blog, a Facebook page and am on twitter, but did none of them well. Now, I’m excited and not just terrified about promoting myself. Thank you so much for the information. i will pass it on.

  31. #40 by artfulhelix on January 14, 2012 - 8:15 pm

    What an awesome idea. I just joined twitter. I have gotten a few views from tweeting some of my blog posts, little sayings for inspiration, and sharing others blogs. However I can tell I’m not reaching may people. I was wondering why # was popping up all over the place. Well now I know, as They say knowing is half the battle. Thank you Kristen!

  32. #41 by Amanda on January 23, 2012 - 2:26 pm

    I am almost ready to dive into the big wide world of twitter (*shudders*) and my own blog (*holds back bile*) but I must say Kristen that I have you to thank for why those medias are so important. Btw I will be picking up your book shortly and this preview of how helpful it can be. So thank you. It’s also your fault that I bought Stephen King’s “On Wrighting”. Wicked book! So far I’m loving it! So thanks for that too…

  33. #42 by Kim Cleary on January 25, 2012 - 10:23 pm

    Hi Kristen, I read “Where are you blog” in one sitting last night … should probably have been sleeping but I loved it and am now inspired to start a blog and even have a go at twittering (some would say I am already an expert …). Thank you for hints and for the push. Hope to see you in twitter, FB or the blog. Most of all I love the idea, and sense of a real writing community. Your energy is contagious :) Thank You.

  34. #43 by Ileandra Young on February 28, 2012 - 9:14 am

    I’ve been trying to figure out what MyWANA is for ages! Now I know. Thanks for the post and I’ll see you in the community!

  35. #44 by Emma on March 2, 2012 - 1:04 pm

    Ok, I feel a little silly that I didn’t know what #MyWANA was about until 5 minutes ago, but now that I do, look out Twitter, here I come :)

  36. #45 by snowtravelsandwrites on March 2, 2012 - 9:48 pm

    Kristen, just signed up for twitter and tried to sign up for the # names you suggested.
    Should #bookmarket bring up @bookmarketchat? and #indie brings up all kinds of thinks to do with car racing and dozens of other. Can you say please which specific one I should scroll down to to follow? Thanks – Richard Snow

  37. #46 by Tamara R. on March 3, 2012 - 7:20 pm

    Well, I REALLY feel like a newbie here! I just started my first blog (mystorywrites.wordpress.com) four weeks ago. I’m excited to have 3 followers that I’ve never met! But I do realized that it would take me an eternity to build a platform at this pace. Thank you for your detailed enlightenment about how Twitter/tweets can work – and I definitely want to be a part of the “twibe!” I’m looking forward to meeting other writers, reading their writes, gleaning good stuff, and not feeling sooo alone out here!!

    Now, off to join the Twitter world….

  38. #47 by Monique Liddle on March 4, 2012 - 6:05 am

    I think I got it – Are your #MyWANA tweets attached to your @KristenLambTX? If so, then I think I finally figured it out. You can, therefore, disregard my question from my comment on your latest posting – T.E.A.M. If #MyWANA is a separate thing, then I still haven’t been able to locate it in my search for putting it as its own column on my Tweetdeck. So for now, I’ll just follow your tweets; although I really do want to be part of this community. Feedback would be most appreciated :)
    -One of your more recent followers – Monique

  39. #48 by shari Nieschmidt on March 6, 2012 - 8:21 am

    Thank Kirsten for your honesty! It’s so refreshing to hear about someone whose has tried and failed and isn’t afraid to share it. I constantly feel like, “holy shit how can I ever compete with some of these authors when they have all these acccomplishments under their belt?” You words really speak to me!
    Thanks
    Shari

  40. #49 by Jacqueline Bryant Campbell on March 6, 2012 - 4:46 pm

    After going to a social media marketing workshop a couple of weeks ago, I joined Twitter, but I still didn’t quite get the whole # thing. My 15-year-old, who was practically born tweeting, just said, “It’s…you know…I mean, really, Mom!” So now I know. Thanks and I’ll see y’all on Twitter!

  41. #50 by Amy Denim (@AmyDenim) on March 14, 2012 - 1:12 pm

    I find myself referencing this post and telling my author friends about it all the time. Geez, so freakin useful. Wish I’d known about all your ideas a whole lot earlier!

  42. #51 by Peter on March 25, 2012 - 7:15 am

    Hi Kristen!

    I follow you on google+, but since a while, there are no new posts and even the old posts are gone. Did you remove yourself from G+ (except the profile, which is still here) or do I have some odd setting of G+ myself?

  43. #52 by lithicbee on March 30, 2012 - 3:03 pm

    I just saw the #MyWANA hashtag on a tweet and Googled it and found this post. Great idea!

    • #53 by Author Kristen Lamb on March 30, 2012 - 3:18 pm

      Awesome! I hope you will join us!

  44. #54 by ChaseStarz on April 13, 2012 - 6:58 pm

    I love it! This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I will definitely be joining the Twibe! Thank you for this!

  45. #55 by Michelle Childs on April 19, 2012 - 12:46 am

    Hi Kirsten,
    I’m new to your blog – I love it! I’ve just created my first blog http://childsm.wordpress.com, and signed up for TweetDeck and #MyWANA, and bought your book! How’s that for being inspired! Look forward to reading the book and more of your blogs.

  46. #56 by passport2bliss on April 20, 2012 - 12:14 pm

    I just started a blog recently, and this is very useful information – thanks Kristen! I’m glad I found your blog. :)

  47. #57 by passport2bliss on April 20, 2012 - 12:15 pm

    Hi Kristen! I’m new to the blogging world, so this is very useful information! Thank you!

  48. #59 by Karen Klink on May 19, 2012 - 12:00 pm

    Hello Kirsten. I found you through The Bookshelf Muse, and am I glad I did! I need help with my blog, which I am still new at, and am still tweeking. I have high hopes of it improving with your help.

  49. #60 by patgarcia on June 11, 2012 - 3:31 am

    Hi Kirsten,
    This is great and now I know where to hang out at.
    Thanks,
    Ciao,
    Patricia

  50. #61 by Suzanna Stinnett (@Brainmaker) on June 11, 2012 - 5:23 pm

    Big kudos to you, Kristen, for bravely going where we all need you to go. I’ll be talking about you tonight at my user group, where attendees will be madly scribbling in their notebooks. See you in the hashtag! Thanks again — Suzanna Stinnett

  51. #62 by giay phep quang cao on June 18, 2012 - 9:05 pm

    Thanks Kristen, taken together with Tweet Deck that does make a lot more sense to me

  52. #63 by Carroll B. Merriman on July 11, 2012 - 12:11 am

    I gave you a link back on one of my pr2 pages, I hope this is ok.

  53. #64 by DebTrotter on September 19, 2012 - 12:41 am

    Kristine, I so so SOOOO love your blog. What a wonderful resource and perceptive writer you are. I would like to join #MyWANA, but I’m not sure that this is where I do it. I’m just going to go with it and see if that works.

  54. #65 by Flora Brown on October 12, 2012 - 3:33 pm

    Kristen,

    I followed a link fr Twitter over to your blog and am I glad I did. I join in with the other comments to sing your praises. I love your energy, vision and creativity. That new person following you is me.

    • #66 by Author Kristen Lamb on October 12, 2012 - 4:56 pm

      Yay! So happy to have you here. We party til they all the cops :D.

  55. #68 by sharonsharinginsights on October 15, 2012 - 2:39 pm

    Hey Kristen,

    Wow! I cannot say enough about your site; but am I the only one who is so out of it or clueless that I do not understand the concept (or how to literally utilize it) in regard to the # push?

    I have a Twitter account but don’t use it much (haven’t for a very long time until I just started my blog page a week ago-and was initially just utilizing other links,FB, Linked-In and search engines, etc-just started auto pressing to Twitter)-so please help!

    I know where to go now-HERE-but I really could use your help (or any other benevolent person) to help walk me through it…
    Keep up the great work! Love, love, love your site!

    Sharon

    PS I’ll keep trying…I eventually figure it out…but I am trying to do 20 things at once here….

  56. #69 by franzad on October 19, 2012 - 1:37 pm

    Hej Kristen, i am a poet-in-progress and just started a blog, dont know how i stumbled across your blog, but sooo glad i did. This is spectacular!!! Thanks for the great advices, #MyWANA aso…
    Have a wonderful day!
    franza

  57. #70 by Nerine Luna Cyran on December 8, 2012 - 9:51 pm

    Hey Kristen, would it be possible to get some sort of list of the different twittertags related to #mywana that are currently used. The #mywana is the general one I guess, and you explained that one, but I also sometimes see things like #wanajava #wanafitness #wana1011 and other such hashtags. Just a short list with a bit of explanation would be really nice and helpful.

    • #71 by Author Kristen Lamb on December 9, 2012 - 4:14 pm

      Sure. The #MyWANA is the main WANA group. #WANAFit are those offering each other support and accountability to be healthy and active. Any #WANA with a NUMBER is a blogging class. So #WANA1012 is my October 2012 Blogging Class.

      • #72 by Nerine Luna Cyran on December 13, 2012 - 6:37 pm

        Thank you! :)

  58. #73 by Johny Santangelo on February 18, 2013 - 9:11 pm

    Yet another fascinating history lessons for me. How interesting. I’m thoroughly enjoying it. And again my gratitude “Thank you”.

  59. #74 by TheGirl on May 2, 2013 - 12:08 pm

    Hhmmm…..I’ll join this movement of yours!

  60. #78 by LouiseUsher on May 5, 2013 - 4:26 am

    Finally, I feel ‘somewhere’….thank you for this amazing blog x

  61. #79 by dave withe on May 21, 2013 - 8:40 am

    This is cool stuff. I’m tryin’ it out…. Ah, is it genre specific? I normally write Space Opera ( heavy on the romance angles) . I’ve recommended it to my writers group friends.

  62. #80 by museofhellheroes on May 21, 2013 - 12:48 pm

    Kristen: I am giving a short seminar on proofreading and copy-editing for new writers at LibertyCon 26 in Chattanooga, June 28. I would like to recommend your blog to the attendees. Do you have any particular rules as to how I should do this? I’ll be giving them a hand-out with various information, including links for reference on different topics I’ll be discussing. May I put the url of your blog there, along with a short explanation about WANA? I read your blog almost every day and I never fail to get something out of it that I didn’t know, even if it does not apply to my situation.

    I’m putting together my outline and will be preparing the hand-out in the next 2-3 weeks. Please let me know what is acceptable to you.

    PS Thank you for all you do!

    Sarah Hulcy

  63. #82 by SandraR on May 29, 2013 - 1:06 pm

    Just discovered your blog. What great advice and encouragement. Count me in with #MyWANA!

  64. #83 by SandraR on May 29, 2013 - 1:06 pm

    Just forgot to check “notify me of follow-up. :o)

  65. #84 by Lawrence Grodecki on June 25, 2013 - 5:51 pm

    Thanks Kristen. I’m new to your blog, a new follower, and I’ve been searching for your kind of help for awhile now – very refreshing and encouraging.

    Speaking of refreshments, I noticed pudding and cookies . . . do you have any “cool aid”?

    • #85 by Author Kristen Lamb on June 25, 2013 - 6:08 pm

      No we have KOOL-AID. Actually RIGHT-Aid, since we are kind of a cult and all :D. (NOT Grape. We wanted to be original so we went with Raspberry-Blueberry-Kiwi)

  66. #86 by Joseph Jordan on July 13, 2013 - 7:02 pm

    Hello Kristen, I’m 30% through “Rise of the Machines” and loving it. I recall seeing someone on your blog asking about similar resources for non-fiction writing. I couldn’t find that particular post again, but to be quite honest, I’m engaged in both fiction and non-fiction projects, and your strategy works for both veins.

    On the other hand, for those interested, I did come across an article about a book called “Youtility” that may be helpful to those not focused on fiction: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130711163702-15077789-content-is-fire-and-social-media-is-gasoline?trk=tod-home-art-medium_1

  67. #87 by johnschwartz1 on July 18, 2013 - 9:56 pm

    Hi, Kristen! I’m new to this as well. I started life when we still used a crank to get the operator at the post office to make a connection with another caller. I listened to Mr. Philips at my grandma’s dining table telling her that soon we would be seeing in a box what was happening somewhere else at the same time. TV to come. Now “you guys” are doing hash tags and # signs and tweet. I am revising my blog and starting a new, and then stumble upon you. I’ll be looking closely at this idea and when I understand it fully I will join. – John

  68. #88 by Musole on July 25, 2013 - 1:45 am

    Awesome post! I have the site bookmarked and instapapered.Looking forward to interacting with everyone. Viva la #MyWANA

  69. #89 by Angela Roquet on July 31, 2013 - 2:56 pm

    Love the Lord of the Rings reference! I’m definitely feeling a nerdy camaraderie here. : ) I’ve been seeing a lot of #myWANA tags on Twitter lately. I did a search to find out what all the hype was about, and I found your blog. Hooked! : ) Long live #myWANA!!!

  70. #90 by swiveltam on August 28, 2013 - 9:46 pm

    I’m still not sure I understand the hashtag thing, but am just going forward with your advice. Will download tweekdeck. Okay, so here’s to seeing you on twitter. #cheers ;)

    • #91 by Author Kristen Lamb on August 29, 2013 - 7:32 am

      Tweet, “Help me, #MyWANA peeps! Kristen abducted me.” Then click the hashtag and a column will appear and the WANAs will abduct…um, adopt you :D

  71. #92 by saralitchfield on September 3, 2013 - 3:27 pm

    Wow, I subscribed a wee while back so have been receiving your blog by email – am soooo glad I checked out this page as I’ve been wrestling with Twitter and how on earth it should work since I started tweeting!! Here’s to joining #MyWANA and tweetdecking…Thank you as usual! Sara

  72. #93 by Bea Magnan on September 8, 2013 - 9:29 am

    Hi Kristen. I just bought and am reading through for the second time ‘Rise of the Machines’. It’s good and meaty, – lots of very helpful info. You recommend HootSuite for Mac users, I believe. Is there a helpful article on using it that’s equivalent to the one on TweetDeck? Also, I can’t find the cost for joinging #myWANA. Is there one? I’ll be setting up a blog on WordPress.org soon. I love to write and appreciate Rise of the Machines for the unique point of view, but I also have a friend who’s a singer/songwriter, and wondered if #myWana and the same principles in your book would help her.

    • #94 by Author Kristen Lamb on September 8, 2013 - 12:53 pm

      WANA works for any small business/entrepreneur and is ideal for those in the creative fields. #MyWANA is free. Just a hashtag on Twitter where we connect, chat and offer immoral support :D. HootSuite works almost the same as TweetDeck, just takes less processing speed. You Tube should have free video walk-thrus to help.

  73. #95 by Bea Magnan on September 8, 2013 - 1:41 pm

    Thank you so much. I’ll let my friend know, too. And a special thanks for Rise of the Machines.

  74. #96 by Duet Polo Ralph Lauren on March 28, 2014 - 10:00 am

    Greetings! Very helpful advice within this post!
    It’s the little changes that produce the largest changes.
    Thanks for sharing!

  75. #97 by jaklumen on August 9, 2014 - 11:25 pm

    Referred here by Wayne Borean. This is a great idea… wish I’d seen this post a lot sooner.

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