Meet the Writer: Lisa Cohen

One of the most vital opportunities Google+ has opened in my life is the chance to connect with so many interesting, engaging, talented and all around amazing women. One I’ve met through G+ and has touched me both with her talent at writing and genuinely friendly personality is Lisa (LJ) Cohen. Her debut young adult novel The Between is a breath of fresh air in a market full of sticky sweet teen romances – her characters are delightful, her world-building unique and best of all, her creativity leaves you clamoring for more.

While you can certainly read my review and learn exactly what I thought of her book, I think the best way to get a sense of Lisa and her novel is to experience a snippet of a recent reading Lisa gave at her local independent bookstore.

Author LJ Cohen

Author LJ Cohen

Don’t forget to circle Lisa on Google + or visit her website to learn more.

Becky Raymond is a nonprofit professional, avid knitter and novice gardener who enjoys writing, blogging and writing book reviews.  She lives in central Vermont and can be reached at inquisitivehippo@gmail.com or  www.inquisitivehippo.com.   

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Meet the Writer: Jane Friedman

Google+ has quickly become a networking Mecca for the literary-minded. Authors both published and aspiring are able to connect with others without regard to geography in an ever-growing web of creative inspiration and motivation.  As many of these talented writers are also active on their own blogs and websites, I hope to highlight one or two blogs each month so we all can benefit from their talent and ingenuity.

Jane FriedmanJane Friedman is a full time assistant professor of e-media at the University of Cincinatti, whose blog was recently named to the Top Ten Blogs for Writers in 2011-2012.  Well-established on many social media sites, her 140,000+ followers on Twitter are often mentioned as an example of how to effectively use social media.

Jane’s blog blends her own posts about writing with reviews, suggestions, guest posts and “how to” articles. One post I enjoyed, How Social Media can Change your Life, offers personal stories of engaging relationships to counter the claim that social media is only about blatant self-promotion. Another helpful post, The Big Mistake of Author Websites and Blogs, discusses the major mistake that authors sometimes make when using blogging platforms for author sites, then explaining exactly how to alter the site to make it user-friendly. Friedman’s talent extends beyond the content of her writing- her informative and instructive posts communicate new information without imparting any sense of condescension on the reader.

My favorite feature of her blog is the Free Advice for Writers which includes Jane’s blog posts and links to other articles and publications she recommends.  In exploring a variety of blogs and websites published by some of the delightful women active on Google+, I found Jane’s website a perfect blend of informative and engaging.

To learn more, circle Jane on Google+ and visit her website.


Becky Raymond is a nonprofit professional, avid knitter and novice gardener who enjoys writing, blogging and writing book reviews.  She lives in central Vermont and can be reached at inquisitivehippo@gmail.com or www.inquisitivehippo.com.

Have you seen a writing blog or website that you think we should feature?  Comment below or send me an email and let me know!

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Women of Google+ : Crystal King

As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.


Women of Google+ : Crystal KingFeatured G+’er : Crystal King

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

I added myself to the Google+ invite list very early on but even so I ended up having to wait a week or two, which I have to admit was frustrating! How can I be an early adopter if I’m not allowed to adopt it! Even so I was still one of the early users.

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

There are so many benefits it’s hard to name them all. But I’ll try:

  1. Greater control over who sees what. Now I can post information that is relevant to the right people, be it my writing group, friends learning Italian, work colleagues, social media/marketing industry people, etc.
  2. Greater privacy. I can post notes to my closest friends wherever I am.
  3. Ability to edit my posts!
  4. Ability to save all my posts for posterity with just the click of a button.
  5. Loving the Android mobile app. There are a few things that still need to change but so far it’s very powerful.
  6. New friends! Better discussion format.
  7. Huddles/hangouts.
  8. The fact that extensions can be written for Chrome to enhance the experience while Google works out the bugs. For example, apps like Publish Sync and SGPlus that give the user the ability to cross post to Facebook and Twitter.
  9. I love the integration with all the other Google apps.
  10. Sparks! I love being able to have quick access to subjects I’m interested in.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

I’m director of social media for a $4B company so knowing the ins and outs of Google+ is key. It will be even more so when they roll out the business component.

Additionally I work with Grub Street, a Boston independent writing center (www.grubstreet.org), where I teach authors how to use social media to build their platforms. Google+ will increasingly be at the center of my teaching.

A particularly interesting story or thoughts you may want to add regarding Google+

I believe that Google+ can be a game changer for writers in particular. To that end, I recently wrote this guest post about G+: http://grubdaily.org/?p=2261 Already I can think of new benefits to add to this article! Better discussion, conducting polls, creating shareable content, etc.

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

Crystal King is a high-tech public relations professional, marketer, teacher, freelance writer and social media geek. Her loves include writing, reading, cooking, fine dining. learning Italian (and planning trips back to Italy!) and spending time with friends and family and her Ragdoll kitty, Nero.

Currently she is director of social media for CA Technologies and lead T.A. for a Harvard University Extension School course this fall called Creativity, Geniuses, Madmen and Harvard Students.

Previously Crystal taught graduate and undergrad classes in communications, writing or creativity at UMass Boston, Mass College of Art, Boston University and Grub Street independent writing center.

Crystal has an M.A. in Critical & Creative thinking from UMass Boston.

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Women of Google+ : Ellie Kennard

As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.


Women of Google+ : Ellie KennardFeatured G+’er : Ellie Kennard

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

A programmer I work with and I had been discussing on facebook (and having a quiet grumble about) the fact that G+ invitations had been halted due to the huge demand on Friday. On the Monday he was sent an invitation and signed up and sent me the invitation straight away. I do not see any input from him since then, but I took the plunge and have not looked back.

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

I find that I have made a lot of new contacts who are creative and inspiring and have found that my previously existing FB contacts are showing a side of themselves that is more creative and cerebral than I have seen on Facebook.
I have selectively been inviting friends, colleagues and family who I feel fit the Google+ profile (male and female) which I think of as being ‘interesting and interested’.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

I have quickly sorted G+ circles to represent my various business and life interests and find this enables me to catch up on important or entertaining postings from different groups easily.

At the start of the day I categorize and archive those posts that I want to read later, after work and do the same at the end of the day. Checking an individual circle’s posts focuses my thinking and is not hidden under other posts irrelevant to that topic. Once read I either keep archived or delete these posts.

No time is lost with me being distracted and having to check up on every post as it appears. This is vital for me.

A particularly interesting story or thoughts you may want to add regarding Google+

I was dragged kicking and screaming into Facebook, but made good use of it finally for my business and that of my partner. I got sick of the spam/scams and of warning my contacts of the risks. I hid all the games. I coped.

I did not find Twitter to be user friendly and quickly was overwhelmed with tweets that did not seem to be relevant. My own tweets seemed to be going out into a void.

As soon as I set up my profile on G+ (I confess to having more than one, though I shouldn’t, perhaps), I felt at home. Most of my FB friends have stayed behind and I feel that’s as it should be. They were always at home there in a way I never was.

I really enjoy being a part of this brave new medium and glad that as a woman I am able to have my voice heard and, as the developers are open to suggestions and bug reports to make a small difference in the development of it.

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

I am a writer, photographic processor, graphic and web designer. Our company, Innovative Imaging Studio, is a featured studio on the Adobe site, my photographic restoration work was featured in the book by Katrin Eisman, I am one of the listmums of Prodig, the professional digital photography forum. In the Good Ol’ Days I worked for JWT in London for a short period before continuing my education.

My various sites are:

  • http://www.iistudio.com (our business)
  • http://www.elliemunroe.ca (blog site for my writing)
  • http://www.shadowsandlight.ca (site built to feature the performance photography of my husband, which we both work on as a team)
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Women of Google+ : Dee Savoy

As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.


Women of Google+ : Dee SavoyFeatured G+’er : Dee Savoy

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

One of the other writers on a writing list that I am on volunteered to send an invitation to whoever wanted one. I raised my hand.

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

I have met many new people that I didn’t have connections with on any other social media platform. I love the ability to divide friends into circles that are easily monitored and changed. I also like the idea of +1ing something that you think deserves sharing rather than “liking” it. It seems inappropriate to “like” a post informing you a friend has died (which has happened to me this week) but it’s a message I feel needed to be passed on to those who might not have known.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

As a writer, I find there are very many others in my profession making a home on google+. I’ve met quite a few I didn’t know before. There seems to be a different level of interaction on G+ than on most other social media, for me anyway. A freer interaction of ideas without so much posturing and “buy my this.”

As a reiki master teacher, I haven’t really found that spirituality community on G+. I guess woo people aren’t early adopters that much. But if anyone knows where the new age folks are hanging out, please let me know.

Overall, I am very pleased with the experience so far.

A particularly interesting story or thoughts you may want to add regarding Google+

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

I am a writer, educator, reiki master teacher, medium and mom. I have published over a dozen novels and several novellas, mostly romance and romantic suspense. My next project is a paranormal series featuring sister witches. You can find out more about my writing at http://deesavoy@gmail.com.

I am also an Usui/Tibetan and Karuna Reiki Master Teacher. To find out more about this healing art, to book a session or register for a class, you can visit my website http://reikified.com.

You can also find me on a variety of social sites:

  • facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dee.savoy
  • twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/devioftheprose
  • linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=92933101&trk=tab_pro
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