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LinkedIn Profile Update Instructions

Here are simple, illustrated instructions for how to update your LinkedIn profile.

If you are interested in growing your career, changing jobs, or connecting with other professionals, do yourself a favor and create a profile on LinkedIn. A LinkedIn profile is both “a resume on steroids” and “the yellow pages on steroids.”  To avoid LinkedIn is to put yourself at a competitive disadvantage. To embrace LinkedIn is to open yourself to a world of potential connections, unavailable elsewhere.

I offer a service of walking you through the process of setting up and updating your profile, and can help you write your summary statement and other components. Please contact me for more information.


Author Success Resources

The Association of Author’s Representatives.  Find a professional agent here. If you discover an agent who ever wants to charge you money, beware. They are not a professional agent. I suggest vetting agents via this organization, which carefully screens its members to ensure integrity and professionalism.

The Author’s Guild.  The professional organization for published authors in the United States. The nation’s leading advocate for writers’ interests in effective copyright protection, fair contracts and free expression since founded as the Authors League of America in 1912.  Members receive free reviews of U.S. book contracts from experienced legal staff, low-cost website services, access to free Back in Print service, quarterly print Bulletin,  invitations to panels and programs, and more.

The American Society of Journalists and Authors. The professional association of independent nonfiction writers established in 1948. Provides entrepreneurial journalists the confidence and connections to prosper. –

Dear Editor – Great newsletter from a professional editor who answers questions from readers on all topics related to book publishing and editing.

The Editorial Freelancer’s Association. Excellent resource to locate professional, experienced editors of all kinds, indexers, book designers, ghostwriters, and more.  –

The National Writer’s Union. Provides legal assistance, advocacy, community support, multiple resources for professional writers.  –

Poets & Writers.  A primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers. Founded in 1970, PW is the nation’s largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Excellent magazine. National office is located in New York City. California branch office in Los Angeles. –

The Publicity Hound. Great ideas for free publicity from our long-time friend and world authority on publicity, Joan Stewart, in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Her website is a veritable treasure trove of hundreds — possibly even thousands — of free publicity tips! Many are geared specifically to authors and career builders. Great newsletter. BONUS: You get to hear about her great dog. (Thanks for using my affiliate link here.)   Joan Stewart the Publicity Hound

Writer’s Retreats, Conferences and Centers

Want to get away from it all, just to do some writing? Want to meet editors, publishers and other writers to advance your writing career? The Association of Writers and Writing Programs maintains a searchable database of such opportunities. AWP’s directory can locate conferences, centers, festivals, residencies, and retreats that best fit your writing needs. As of May, 2014, the directory lists over 550 programs in North America and abroad, including nearly 125 member programs that participate in the AWP’s scholarship competitions. Check it out!