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Presentation on digital tools at Gold Rush Writers conference, May 2014

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  • 1. Dancing Faster in the Datasphere Tom Johnson t o m @ j t j o h n s o n . c o m 2014 Gold Rush Writer's Conference Mokelumne Hill CA May 2-4, 2014 1
  • 2. Topics •Search strategies and tools •Bookmarks •Taking notes •Writing tools •Living in The Cloud •Publishing – Ink-on-Paper – Ebooks (or is it eBooks?) •Misc. interesting developments in publishing •Let’s Make Some Money! (Marketing) •​Open Question Problem Solving (we hope) 2
  • 3. Adding apps to Bookmark Bar 3 1.Place cursor on site’s icon in address bar 2.Hold down left mouse button 3.Drag cursor into desired position on BkMk bar and release
  • 4. Putting apps in your browser tool bar? 1.Using Firefox (but works with most browsers)… 2.View Toolbars  Bookmarks Toolbar 3.Polycola.com makes it easy to pin to browser 4
  • 5. Live Screen Bit.ly Demo
  • 6. Putting apps in your browser tool bar? 1.Using Firefox… 2.[demo] View ToolbarsBookmarks Toolbar 3.Polycola.com makes it easy to pin to browser 6
  • 7. Automatic Search and Curate •Scoop.it - http://www.scoop.it/ 7
  • 8. Automatic Search and Curate •Scoop.it - http://www.scoop.it/ 8
  • 9. Search strategies and tools •Strategies: – Librarians are always your very best friends. • Get local or university library card to access subscription journals – Who else is interested in your topic? • Organizations? Genealogists? Hobbiests? – Where would the data be? Specialized and organization libraries? Corporate libraries? National libraries? Outside the country? – Are there specific file types? Maps and pictures. Economic data. Census MMS. 9
  • 10. Search Strategies and Tools •Noodletools.com - http://bit.ly/1dnhduz 10
  • 11. Search strategies and tools •What does the NSA use? – “Google Hacking” ( Untangling the Web: A Guide to Internet Research ) •Google Advanced Search -- http://www.google.com/advanced_search – Hard to find from home page. Use this URL 11
  • 12. Deeper/Richer than Google •Invisible Web •Think "databases" and keep your eyes open. Find searchable databases containing invisible web pages in the course of routine searching in most general web directories. Of particular value in academic research are: – Ipl2.org - – Infomine - infomine.ucr.edu/ •The Wikipedia "Deep Web" article provides a fairly up-to-date summary, with links to other resources. 12
  • 13. Deeper than Google 13
  • 14. Meta search engines Combine two or more search engines enabling a simultaneous search • PolyCola - http://www.polycola.com/ Search any two major search engines simultaneously. •Dogpile - www.dogpile.com/ Searches four top search engines simultaneously. 14
  • 15. Meta search engines Combine two or more search engines enabling a simultaneous search • PolyCola - http://www.polycola.com/ Allows you to search any two major search engines simultaneously. •Dogpile - www.dogpile.com/ Searches four top search engines simultaneously. 15
  • 16. Popular Directories •Infomine - infomine.ucr.edu/ •Open Directory - www.dmoz.org/ •WWW Virtual Library - vlib.org/ •Internet Public Library - www.ipl.org/ •Best of the web - botw.org •Galaxy: www.galaxy.com 16
  • 17. Historic and Speciality Journals •Tutorials | About JSTOR – Access for Individuals. Can read online for free or purchase article. – Get university (sometimes city) library card for access. •PubMed Tutorial - National Institutes of Health •Guide to Patent Searching - McKinney Engineering Library 17
  • 18. Historic and Speciality Journals •Tutorials | About JSTOR – Access for Individuals. Can read online for free or purchase article. – Get university (sometimes city) library card for access. •PubMed Tutorial - National Institutes of Health •Guide to Patent Searching - McKinney Engineering Library 18
  • 19. Digital Public Library of America •An aggregator of libraries A portal that delivers students, teachers, scholars, and the public to incredible resources, wherever they may be in America. •Search Engine+ Search and scan through the united collection of millions of items, including by timeline, map, apps, virtual bookshelf, format, and topic. 19
  • 20. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships 20
  • 21. Taking Notes •Goals – Tool quickly at hand – Auto save/back-up – Synch across platforms – Capture handwriting (?) – Cheap – Save multiple file formats – Images, PDF, text, etc. 21
  • 22. Taking Notes •OneNote – bit.ly/1lqfiqT $50 or here for $19) (only Windows 7, 8, 8.1) 22
  • 23. Taking Notes •Evernote – www.evernote.com Free and premium 23
  • 24. Taking Notes •Google’s Keep •Google Keep is available online and via an Android app. Both iterations are free. •OneNote and Evernote have Web and app elements that you can use for free, plus paid premium editions. 24
  • 25. Bookmarking/Note-taking •Notetaking Review article – bit.ly/1jrgBoa •Free Bookmark Tools (and more) – www.supershareware.com/free-bookmark-tool- free/ 25
  • 26. Specialized Search Tools •Google Ngram Viewer 26
  • 27. Google Scholar •http://scholar.g oogle.com/ •Note “case law” possibility 27
  • 28. Google Scholar •http://scholar.g oogle.com/ •Investigate “Custom range” 28
  • 29. Google Scholar •http://scholar.g oogle.com/ •“Interview” results 29
  • 30. Google Scholar •http://scholar.g oogle.com/ •Drill into MSS 30
  • 31. Specialized Tools - Outlining •The Outliner of Giants -- http://www.theoutlinerofgiants.com/ •Checkvist [sic] - https://checkvist.com/ Minimalist keyboard driven online outliner and task manager for teams and individuals. Capture your ideas and notes, create checklists and plans, share with colleagues, and get everything done — together. •Oak Outliner - http://oakoutliner.com/ •WorkFlowy - https://workflowy.com/ •Fargo - http://fargo.io/ “Fargo files are stored in Dropbox. We only need to access a single sub-folder folder.” 31
  • 32. Specialized Tools - Outlining •The Outliner of Giants -- http://www.theoutlinerofgiants.com/ •Checkvist [sic] - https://checkvist.com/ Minimalist keyboard driven online outliner and task manager for teams and individuals. Capture your ideas and notes, create checklists and plans, share with colleagues, and get everything done — together. •Oak Outliner - http://oakoutliner.com/ •WorkFlowy - https://workflowy.com/ •Fargo - http://fargo.io/ “Fargo files are stored in Dropbox. We only need to access a single sub-folder folder.” 32
  • 33. Specialized Tools - Outlining •The Outliner of Giants -- http://www.theoutlinerofgiants.com/ •Checkvist [sic] - https://checkvist.com/ Minimalist keyboard driven online outliner and task manager for teams and individuals. Capture your ideas and notes, create checklists and plans, share with colleagues, and get everything done — together. •Oak Outliner - http://oakoutliner.com/ •WorkFlowy - https://workflowy.com/ •Fargo - http://fargo.io/ “Fargo files are stored in Dropbox. We only need to access a single sub-folder folder.” 33
  • 34. Specialized Tools - Outlining •The Outliner of Giants -- http://www.theoutlinerofgiants.com/ •Checkvist [sic] - https://checkvist.com/ Minimalist keyboard driven online outliner and task manager for teams and individuals. Capture your ideas and notes, create checklists and plans, share with colleagues, and get everything done — together. •Oak Outliner - http://oakout liner.com/ •WorkFlowy - https://workflowy.com/ •Fargo - http://fargo.io/ “Fargo files are stored in Dropbox. We only need to access a single sub-folder folder.” 34
  • 35. Specialized Tools - Outlining •The Outliner of Giants -- http://www.theoutlinerofgiants.com/ •Checkvist [sic] - https://checkvist.com/ Minimalist keyboard driven online outliner and task manager for teams and individuals. Capture your ideas and notes, create checklists and plans, share with colleagues, and get everything done — together. •Oak Outliner - http://oakoutliner.com/ •WorkFlowy - https://workflowy.com/ •Fargo - http://fargo.io/ “Fargo files are stored in Dropbox. We only need to access a single sub-folder folder.” 35
  • 36. Specialized Tools - Outlining •The Outliner of Giants -- http://www.theoutlinerofgiants.com/ •Checkvist [sic] - https://checkvist.com/ Minimalist keyboard driven online outliner and task manager for teams and individuals. Capture your ideas and notes, create checklists and plans, share with colleagues, and get everything done — together. •Oak Outliner - http://oakoutliner.com/ •WorkFlowy - https://workflowy.com/ •Fargo - “Fargo files are stored in Dropbox. We only need to access a single sub-folder folder.” 36
  • 37. Cloud Storage •Someone else maintains the software •Good security and backups •Can usually share files or folders •Accessible with variety of devices •Often free 37
  • 38. Cloud Storage 38
  • 39. Cloud Storage •12 free cloud storage options •Amazon Cloud - amzn.to/1jUCPRm •Dropbox -- www.dropbox.com •Box -- www.box.com •Google Docs – docs.google.com/ •SugarSync -- www.sugarsync.com ($75=60Gb) •Skydrive -- onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/ Sometimes complicated to manage and log- in 39
  • 40. New Writing Tools •Wattpad – www.wattpad.com 40
  • 41. New Writing Tools •Wattpad – www.wattpad.com 41
  • 42. New Writing Tools •Wattpad – www.wattpad.com 42
  • 43. Listen to the words •Audiobook sales growth has exploded due to the ability to download audiobooks from sites like Audible.com, iTunes and ChristianAudio.com. •Audiobook mavens are able to read so much because they listen to books while driving, working out, or cooking. •Never goes out of print 43
  • 44. Listen to the words •Audio books can boost I-o-P sales •Give You Access to Non-Readers. •Having an Audiobook Makes You Easier to Find. •Audiobooks Are Cheap & Easy to Make. 44
  • 45. Audio Books •Bonus tracks – e.g. interviews with author (like DVDs) •YOU be sure to keep YOUR audio rights •Why Audiobooks Are the Next Big Thing in Self- Publishing Media Shift Essay by Laura Caldwell http://to.pbs.org/1krkX1e 45
  • 46. Misc., interesting stuff •ACX – an Amazon [audio] Platform http://www.acx.com/ 46
  • 47. Misc., interesting stuff •ACX – an Amazon [audio] Platform http://www.acx.com/ 47
  • 48. Misc., interesting stuff •ACX – an Amazon [audio] Platform http://www.acx.com/ 48
  • 49. Majority of Americans Read Ebooks •54% of Americans currently read ebooks •Those who read more ebooks read more books on average than other Americans. •1/3 of those who read ebooks exclusively, or more than print, read more than 20 books a year; 1/5 of those who read more in print read more than 20 books a year. •Ebook readers also purchase more books, about double what other readers buy. 49
  • 50. New Publishing Forms/Tools •Amazon’s “Kindle Single Interview” - 50 Source: Trends uncovered by the Thin Reads - www.thinreads.com/
  • 51. New Publishing Forms/Tools Trends uncovered by the Thin Reads - www.thinreads.com/ •Amazon’s “Kindle Single Interview” - •Hip eyewear manufacturer Warby Parker -- first advertiser to support an e-book single with its sponsorship of the nonfiction e-book single “Coronado High.” •Magazine publishers got serious about e-book singles. Discover, Fast Company and Philadelphia Magazine all published excellent e-book singles at the end of the summer. •Below the neck publishing got hot and heavy. There were several nonfiction e- book singles published during the third quarter that focused on private body parts. Kat George wrote about her vagina in “Pink Bits.” Nicci Leigh spotlighted her breast issues in “Money Bags.” And January Nelson edited “Penis,” a collection of essays about you-know-what. •More publishers entered the e-book single market offering long-form journalism and short stories to niche audiences. 51
  • 52. The “So what?” Factor •What are your motives for writing? – Creative pleasure, message, to be published, reach a wider audience, make money? •Think about tools to satisfy your motivation •If beyond “creative pleasure” – – BYOP -- Hardcover, paperback, ebook, PDF, audio – Break MSS up into short chapters, i.e. serialize (sell subscriptions?) 52
  • 53. New Marketing and Promotion Videos •Create your own trailers. – www.wevideo.com/ – www.danielhallpresents.com/trailers •Examples of book trailers – www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5DF567077855684 D •Facebook group for this guy’s trailer projecxts. PPT, etc. are there. – www.facebook.com/groups/375248959250492/ 53
  • 54. Book Trailer 54
  • 55. Book Trailer •Example •https://www.facebook.com/pages/Promoti onal-Book-Trailers/151424788262866 •http://fantasy- faction.com/2012/promotional-trailers 55
  • 56. New Marketing and Promotion Videos •Create your own trailers. – www.wevideo.com/ – www.danielhallpresents.com/trailers •Examples of book trailers – www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5DF567077855684 D •Facebook group for this guy’s trailer projecxts. PPT, etc. are there. – www.facebook.com/groups/375248959250492/ 56
  • 57. New Marketing and Promotion Videos •Create your own trailers. – www.wevideo.com/ – www.danielhallpresents.com/trailers •Examples of book trailers – www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5DF567077855684 D •Facebook group for this guy’s trailer projects. PPT, etc. are there. – www.facebook.com/groups/375248959250492/ 57
  • 58. Dancing Faster in the Datasphere Tom Johnson t o m @ j t j o h n s o n . c o m 2014 Gold Rush Writer's Conference Mokelumne Hill CA May 2-4, 2014 58