Empire Avenue – A Different Type of Social Networking

Empire Avenue social networking siteSocial media platforms have become synonymous with marketing. As Indie publishers and writers, it’s a love-hate relationship. If you are not out there, then you feel like you’re missing the boat. If you are out there too much, then you are spamming all the same people over and over.

It’s rare when you run across a platform that isn’t saturated with groups of the same people. One such platform puts a different twist on social media relationships and networking. Empire Avenue’s mission is to build a global marketplace where any individual can realize the value of their reputation and networks. With Empire Avenue, you link your social media accounts and you earn virtual dollars based on your interactions and social media engagement. Empire Avenue takes social media, gamification, and networking to a whole new level. Continue reading “Empire Avenue – A Different Type of Social Networking”

Sonnet for a Fan

Social Networking is weird. No doubt. I hate to spam and promote. I do it because I like to eat. But I hate it. When I first started putting music on the internet (years ago), I wrote a sonnet for my 100th ‘fan’.  I have done this with songs and stories many times on FB and beyond; it is a good way to make a real connection. I am constantly searching for ways to humanize the internet. This is a fun one.


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Listen and Learn

"I can't hear you!"

“When did you ever learn anything when you were talking?” – Tom Welsh

It’s 11:24 at night and I’m rewriting my post after reading one by a colleague. Do great minds think alike? Yes, I believe this is true. Moreover, it is entirely possible that the active discussions encouraged here at Indies Unlimited have spurred action for and against certain organizations. Freedom of speech is alive and kicking at Indies Unlimited!

So, what should I write about? That’s easy. Listening, observing, and researching are three skills crucial to personal and professional success. These skills are particularly important to newbie authors as you wade through the white noise around you. If you don’t listen carefully, observe the interactions of peers, and research before you make critical decisions you may find yourself surrounded by naysayers and scam artists.

Newbies have one definite advantage over some tenured writers. Since we don’t know how “it” used to be, we don’t approach every change with fear. We’re open to what’s new because we have no past to draw from. It is an entirely different perspective. Continue reading “Listen and Learn”