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The 2020 MCWC Faculty Spotlight 
Social Media Guru Don Catlett

Writers, don’t miss the 31st annual Montrose Christian Writers Conference July 12th to the 17th! One of our faculty members will be social media guru Don Catlett, who is no stranger to MCWC.

Don truly enjoys sharing the tools and skills he has developed as a designer and marketing advisor over the past 20 years. As a freelance WordPress & social media consultant who is fascinated by content marketing, design, & technology, he transforms creative ideas into effective strategies. He helps his clients bring the right content to the right media, so it’s ready at the right time. Looking for someone to help you tell your story on the web? Come along as Don guides you through the journey.

DON’S CLASSES

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL MEDIA STORYTELLING
BLOGGING: THINGS I WISH I KNEW BEFORE STARTING
WORDPRESS QUICK START

 

Don will also have private blogging lessons ($20 for 45 minutes)
for anyone wanting to start a blog or update one. 

I hope to see you in July!
Marsha, Director

To contact me for a brochure: marshahubler@outlook.com

 

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2018 MCWC FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

JULY 22ND TO THE 27TH

INTRODUCING DON CATLETT!

 

This year at MCWC, our SM guru Don Catlett will present a six-session series designed specifically for writers. He’ll also meet privately for 45-minute sessions ($20 each session) with anyone who’d like to sign up for help to start a blog or improve the social media venues with which you are already involved.

If you need help with social media, Don’s the fellow to help you:

Surviving and Thriving Online – Just for Authors Series

A six-workshop series presented in the afternoons

Websites, blogging and social media can be confusing for authors. However, no matter what kind of writer you are, it’s important to get your work and your name out there. What better time to learn how you can do things differently to market yourself and your book online! Each session in the Just for Authors series gives you specific action points to start using immediately.

DON’S CLASSES

12 Tips for Writers to Boost Your Facebook Engagement

When you’re ready to approach book marketing with a social media presence, the last thing you want to do is waste your time on platforms that your readers don’t use. Knowing that you need to be on Facebook is half the battle in your marketing. Join us as we learn how-to tips for using the most popular social media platform to engage with your readers.

10 Do’s & 10 Don’ts when using Twitter for Authors

Twitter is the go-to social media network for many writers. No other platform compares to this microblogging site where you can connect with authors of your genre and network with influential bloggers, reviewers, editors, cover designers and literary agents. Learn how to build a Twitter following in just 5 minutes a day.

5 Ways to Use Instagram as an Author

With 400 million users on Instagram, it’s important for authors to check out whether they want to make use of the image-rich site for their book promotions. Should you promote your author brand on Instagram? Join us as we go beyond your writer’s desk or book signings and learn to work with this great platform for authors.

7 Blogging Tips for Writers and Authors

Everyone is blogging these days, from unknown authors to literary legends—and you should be too. But since blogging has become ubiquitous as a book-promotion tool, it’s important to do things right! Learn the tips to make sure your blog has a positive impact on your writing career.

10 Secrets for Amazing Author Websites

Hey authors, are you losing your audience? Learn ten “secrets” for creating a successful website that connects visitors with you and your book. Learn how to develop an online presence that is both memorable and engaging.

9.5 Security Mistakes Authors Make Online

You and your book can be ambushed online. Learn these 9 1/2 common mistakes that will impact you and your audience, and how to fix them. As Ben Franklin said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

 WHO IS DON CATLETT?

Don Catlett: media expert & advisor to multiple startups, has spent more than 16 years working at the crossroads of web design, photography, marketing, & social media. Since launching Clearly See Media in 2008, he continues to hone his skills as a digital advertising specialist for companies including Amazon Publishing, Lamplighter Publishing, QVC, The Shopping Channel, The Learning Parent, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Home Educating Family Magazine, Christian Homeschool Magazine, and AHEAD National Conferences. He also provides marketing direction and advice for building a presence with social media.

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Online registration is now open! Please go to http://www.montrosebible.org for all the details and to register!

Marsha Hubler, Director

 

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Writers, Have You Ever Asked Yourself These Questions?

Writing for publication can sometimes be a lonely and discouraging career path to take. For the last 27 years, dozens of Montrose Christian Writers Conference faculty members have attempted to encourage writers to keep plugging on and to share with them how to become the writers God wants them to be. Too often folks with talent for writing give up too soon on their publishing dreams and quit right before they would have landed that contract.

If you’re a discouraged writer, the 2017 MCWC is just for you. If you’ve ever felt as if there was no hope for what you’ve written, you probably asked yourself some of the following questions. But there’s an answer (a title of a workshop) for every one of your concerns with the classes offered this year:

  1. How do I prepare my manuscript to submit to a publisher?   Formatting before Beginning
  2. How do I get rid of this annoying writers’ block? Three years is long enough!  21 Ways to Overcome Writers Block
  3. How can I change my short story into a drama?  Creating a Viable Stage Production
  4. Would I have a chance at winning a writing contest?  Writing for Guideposts Contests
  5. Will social media, especially a blog, help me sell books?  Blogging 101
  6. Why should I bother writing poetry? No one reads it anyhow.  The Art and Craft of Poetry
  7. Someone told me my characters are “flat” in my kids’ story. How can I fix them?   Putting Characters in Place
  8. Do I need to apply for a tax number to write? To sell my books at book signings?  Understanding the Business of Writing for Publication
  9. What questions should I ask the person for whom I’m writing a profile piece?  Writing the Profile Piece
  10. Is my devotional book different from the tons of devotionals out there already?   Writing Compelling Devotions
  11. Will anyone be interested in buying the book I’m writing?  Marketing for Writers Who Don’t Like to Market
  12. Do folks ever read Bible studies anymore?  Bible Studies That Sell

We could go on and on, telling you about the 40+ workshops offered at this year’s conference, but I think you get the idea. We’ll have practically all genres and pertinent issues about writing/publishing addressed at the conference.

The opening exercise is Sunday evening at 7:30 at the Montrose Bible Conference Center, Montrose, PA. And … as long as there are rooms available for lodging, it’s not too late to register! Even better, if all the rooms  are taken and you are close enough to commute, you can register anytime, even after the conference is underway!

Please check out all the of the classes and special perks available at http://www.montrosebible.org/OurEvents/tabid/113/page_550/1/eventid_550/58/Default.aspx

and register today! You’ll never be sorry!

Marsha, Director

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Which is better? One or Two?

The Decision for a Free or Self-Hosted Blogging Platform

Part 2

Don Catlett Working With a Conferee at MCWC

In part 1, I discussed how most of us who wear corrective lenses have heard the question: “Which is better? One or Two?”

And, probably like most of us, at some point you said, “I can’t tell the difference.”

I mentioned how that can be like deciding which blogging platform to use when considering all the differences between free and self-hosted blogging platforms.

In this article, we will be looking at the pros and cons of the free and self-hosted platforms. So, let’s get started.

The Pros of a Free Blogging Platform

There are no initial start-up costs.

Free programs like WordPress and Blogger are easy to set up and maintain without any prior website design knowledge.

The Cons of a Free Blog

Unless you pay for your own domain, you’ll have the WordPress or Blogger domain tacked onto yours, such as http://www.example.blogspot.com.

Free blogs can appear less professional than self-hosted ones.

You have less control over your blog.

For instance, people who self-host their blog with the WordPress software can download plugins to expand their website’s capabilities. A free WordPress blog doesn’t allow this, limiting you to only a few options. CSS functions and theme selections are also limited on free blogging platforms.

You have a limited amount of bandwidth, video time, and memory space.

Free platforms usually limit your advertising options, i.e. it’s harder to make money from your blog.

What types of costs are involved?

A free blog can be completely free if you want it to. However, if you’re looking to get rid of the “Blogger” or “WordPress” in your domain name, you’ll have to buy and assign your own custom domain. These can be as low as $10 depending on what you pick.

You may also choose to buy stock photos, hire a designer, or purchase an upgraded theme, which can all add to the cost of your blog.

Who should use free blogs?

Free blogs are best for people who are just exploring the blogging world or are not very serious about blogging. If you’re just blogging for fun, then by all means start with a free blog!

The Pros of a Self-Hosted Blogging Platform

You have full control over your blog, including its layout, search engine optimization, advertising revenue, additional functions, and more.

You can install custom themes to brand your blog.

You have complete access to your backend files, which allows you to make any necessary code changes.

Using a third-party host usually costs only a few dollars per month.

Cons of a Self-hosted Blog

It requires an initial investment.

It can be intimidating to new bloggers.

What types of costs are involved?

Like a free blog, any photos, domain names, and themes that you purchase will add to your costs. With self-hosting, you also have to invest in the cost of using a third-party host. The good news is that hosting can cost under $5 per month. Certain plugins, (pieces of software you can install on your site to expand its functionality) can cost money, too.

Who should use self-hosted blogs?

Since self-hosted blogs look more professional and perform more functions, they are best for businesses. They are also ideal for the individual who wants to improve his or her professional appearance and boost the functions available on his or her website.

There’s More

In my next article, I’ll discuss the difference between WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org. I would enjoy hearing from you if you have questions or comments about what we have covered.

I also want to invite you to join me at the Montrose Christian Writers Conference where I will be discussing options to help you get noticed in the digital world through blogging, websites, and social media.

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Don has been working at the crossroads of web design, photography, marketing, and social media since 1999. Learn more by visiting his website www.clearlysee.com.

Watch for registration forms and the brochure for the 2017 Montrose Christian Writers Conference to be released very soon.

Marsha (Director MCWC)

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The Decision for a Free or Self-Hosted Blogging Platform, Part 1

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Don Catlett

Social Media Expert

Most of us who wear corrective lenses have heard this question:  “Which is better? One or Two?” And, probably like most of us, at some point you’ve said, “I can’t tell the difference.” That same feeling of “not knowing” can be similar when trying to deciding the right blogging platform to use.

If you’ve considered starting a blog, you’ve probably run across the term self-hosted blog. Most people will tell you that a self-hosted blog is the way to go, especially if you’re looking to create a professional image.

But what is a self-hosted blog? And why do you need one if you can just start a blog for free through other services?

Allow me to explain the details of free and self-hosted blogging platforms, the pros and cons of each, and which one you should choose.

Free Blogging Platform

What is it? A free blogging platform is one that’s just that. It’s free to sign up for an account, get a domain (such as http://www.example.com), and set up your site. You can start your free blog with services like Blogger.com and WordPress.com.

The thing about a free account is your website’s files are stored or “hosted” on your blogging platform’s servers. While there can be costs involved after the initial set up, this simple fact is what differentiates a free blog from a self-hosted blog.

Self-Hosted Blogging Platform

What is it? A self-hosted blog is one that resides on your own server. Most people, however, pay a third-party to host their blog, which opens them to all the benefits of a self-hosted blog. Sites like iPage, HostGator, GoDaddy and Bluehost are among some of the popular companies that provide hosting services. Essentially, these companies rent out digital storage space to users to make running a website possible.

Blue.Sad.Smiley.FaceStill confused?

I will cover the pros and cons of both the free and the self-hosting options in a future article to help you in your decision of deciding which is better, one or two.

There’s More

Join me at the Montrose Christian Writers Conference where I will be discussing options to help you get noticed in the digital world through blogging, websites, and social media.

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(Part Two next time)

Don Catlett has been working at the crossroads of web design, photography, marketing, and social media since 1999.

Learn more by visiting his website www.clearlysee.com.

Keep on writing!

Marsha Hubler, director MCWC July 16 – 21

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JUST SAYIN’ (A WRITERS’ LUNCHEON & A CONFERENCE)

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For you who have attended any Susquehanna Valley Writers Luncheons in Mifflinburg, PA, and/or any Montrose Christian Writers Conferences, Montrose, PA, may I assume you are looking forward to them again?

I have some details about both events, so either mark your calendar or watch for more specifics as time moves on:

THE SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY WRITERS GROUP LUNCHEON

www.susquehannavalleywritersworkshop.wordpress.com/

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THE 2017 MONTROSE CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE

                    (Check out the details of this past conference if you were unable to attend:

http://www.montrosebible.org/OurEvents/tabid/113/page_550/1/eventid_550/58/Default.aspx

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Get ready for another week next July of heart-warming praise and worship times and challenges every morning and over 40 workshops and WIPs.

Faculty verbally committed at this time:

TORRY MARTIN

JEANETTE LEVELLIE

CAROL WEDEVEN

DON CATLETT

CATHY MAYFIELD

(We’ll have about 16 award-winning authors, editors, and agents on next year’s faculty!)

Classes tentatively planned:

MAJOR MORNINGS – fiction, collaborative writing, promotion, promotion, nonfiction

WORKS-IN-PROGRESS – TEEN TRACK, fiction, picture books, poetry

OTHER CLASSES – marketing, working with an agent, using the right words, self publishing, social media, blogging, public speaking, gift books, magazine articles, character development, the story arc, public speaking

 

If you have any requests for topics to be presented, please let me know, and we’ll try our best to include those in next year’s conference.

Keep on writing and watch for updates!

Marsha

http://www.marshahubler.com

http://www.horsefactsbymarshahubler.wordpress.com

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SNOW, PHANTOM STALLION OF THE POCONOS

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Dallis Parker copes with bullying at school by dreaming about owning Snow, a wild Mustang, who most folks believe doesn’t even exist. Then she actually touches the horse, and her life is changed forever.

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MONTROSE CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE MEMORIES

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Look for more MCWC photos in Facebook!

I look forward to seeing many of you again next year!

Keep on writing!

Marsha

http://www.marshahubler.com

http://www.horsefactsbymarshahubler.wordpress.com

 

 

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Book One

A HORSE TO LOVE

Keystone Stables Book 1

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