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I found this interesting article on Mashable that looks at Facebook tools that you might find useful, whether you use Facebook for business or personal use. Just one example: Did you know that when you create an ad on Facebook, you can choose up to five different images for your ad? Facebook will rotate between the images and use the one that gets the most clicks or impressions. Also, you can choose very specific markets for your Facebook ads, such as targeting your ad only to grandparents who are over the age of 55.

Blogging, PR & Writing Services for Ministries

Wired For PR offers blogging, PR and ghostwriting services for churches and ministries. We’ve got a great signup page where you can be added to our email list and receive tips and advice especially geared toward churches. You’ll also receive a sample of the type of work that we can do. If you work with a church or ministry and would like more information, just contact me or leave a comment here! For more information, visit our signup page here.

Writing for Ministry: An Article About Zig Ziglar

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Zig Ziglar Full First PageWhen I worked for Prestonwood Baptist Church, one of the largest churches in America, I had the privilege of writing an article about Zig Ziglar. The article dealt with how Zig handled his daughter’s death and how he turned to God for strength. I had the opportunity to interview Zig, which was both an honor and quite humbling. The man certainly had an amazing way about him! I have a copy of the article available for download on my website. You can find it here.

I loved writing this story, and I still enjoy writing articles about people’s journeys of faith. If you have a church or ministry that needs a ghostwriter or marketing help, please contact me. I’d love to lend a hand.

I hope this article blesses you as much as it blessed me to write it!

Non-HTTPS & Facebook Tabs: A Workaround For Programs That Only Make One Custom Tab Per Page

I love GetResponse. It’s a great program for creating mailing lists and autoresponders. It also has a beautiful Landing Page Creator that you can use to create a custom tab for your Facebook business page. There’s just one problem. You can only create *one* Facebook tab per business page.

My problem is that I wanted to use GetResponse to create two tabs for Wired For PR’s Facebook page: one for ministries and one for attorneys. It’s just not possible. If you activate a new Facebook landing page, it overrides the original one.

Getting around this problem is a little more complicated than just embedding a static HTML into a tab. Facebook will only allow HTTPS pages to be embedded, and GetResponse’s landing pages are all just HTTP.

So what’s the fix? Cutting & pasting the source code directly into the custom tab.

First, find a static HTML creator. I used the free Static HTML Iframe Tab by Woobox. You could also use Static HTML: iframe tabs. I’m using a screenshot from the Woobox application for my example.

When you go to the link above, click on “Install Tab Page.” You’ll be taken to an “Add Page Tab” box, where you choose which of your Facebook business pages will host your newest tab. Next, you’ll end up on a Tab Settings page like I am showing below. This is taken from our WatchMeChanging Facebook page for a web series my husband and I filmed:

watchmechanging tab

 

The rest is pretty easy. Use all the options I chose above and pick whatever name you want for the Tab. (The default is “Welcome,” but you probably won’t want that.) Be sure to edit your “Share Description” to match your new landing page.

Next, go to the GetResponse landing page that you previously created (or whatever program you used) and view the source code. Just choose “HTML” under Page Source and copy & paste the source code into the box! That’s it; you’re done!

I suggest that you also change the Tab Image. It’s easy. Create a 111 px wide by 74 px tall image and click on “Change Tab Image” to upload it. If you don’t have picture editing software, Pixlr will do just fine for this job.

Now click “Save Settings” and you’re done! You may also have to authorize the app and grant it permissions to make the changes.

The tab I created is Wired For PR: Ministry Services. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’ll get you by until you find something better!

If you have some ideas on how to improve on this or if you know of a different workaround, please let me know in the comments.

Finding a Literary Agent: Four *Must Have* Resources

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Image courtesy of stockimages and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

I’ve had a number of people recently ask me for tips on preparing a query letter for a literary agent. Finding a literary agent isn’t easy, but there are a few tried-and-true resources that you can use to help make the process al ittle less painful.

  •  Query Shark – This blog is absolutely PERFECT for anyone looking for an agent for a fiction book. The author, a literary agent herself, provides entertaining, tough-love (and sometimes deliciously humorous) commentary on real queries that aspiring authors send her. Often, the posts will include revisions of the query until the submitter gets the query just right (or, never does!) On one of her recent posts, she commented about a query: “You’re trying to connect the dots in a splatter pattern here and it’s not pretty.” Query Shark has a great way with words and you’ll certainly learn a lot if you invest time in this blog. Although geared toward fiction queries, nonfiction writers can also find helpful advice within the pages of the blog.

 

  • Query Tracker – This service has both a free version and an affordably priced $25/year version. Here, you’ll find an extensive database of literary agents for all genres, including fiction and nonfiction. The database includes how to contact the agent, tips for queries, and the agent’s percentage of positive responses vs. negative. Users leave comments about their experiences with the agents, including how long it took to get a response and whether the response was a form letter. Query Tracker lets you keep track of all the agents you’ve queried and their responses. It’s a great way to get very useful information and stay organized.

 

  • Absolute Write Forums – I’m a big fan of the Absolute Write Forums for any writer. It’s a great community of fellow writers who offer advice and general camaraderie. For finding an agent, you’ll want to visit a couple places in this forum. First, there is a Bewares, Recommendations and Background Check section that vets agents and publishers. Search here for the agent you’re thinking of querying to see other writers’ experiences and advice. But while your’e  there, don’t miss the entire section on Publishing, including an “Ask the Agent” board, “Ask the Editor,” and Publishing FAQs.

 

  • Finally, check out Preditors & Editors. Here, agents & editors are vetted to make sure they’re not just out to scam you. Pro tip: If an agent asks you for money, he’s not the right agent for you.
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