5 Ways to Promote Your Writing NOW

5 ways to promote writingAs I mentioned in my recent series on self-publishing, writing a book (or series or running a blog – really any type of writing) is half the battle for indie authors.

In order to help gain potential readers and make it as easy as possible for them to find your writing, you need to be your own marketer. You need to champion your own site, book, etc.

Here are the top five things you can do right now that will help increase your visibility online, attract new readers, and keep your loyal fans happy.

  1. Reviews. Ask your friends, your family, your readers, your doctor…ask everyone who reads your book to leave a review. I can’t stress how important of a part reviews play in the book-buying world. So what can you do right now? Reach out to your readers and ask for them to pretty please leave a review if they at all enjoyed your book. Or, head over to Entrada Book Reviews. They’re running a contest right now for a free book review. Check it out!
  1. Be Active on Social Media. Regular social media engagement can do wonders for promoting your writing. Take 30 minutes right now to head over to create accounts on any major sites (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest) you’re not already active on. OR, use those 30 minutes to schedule some tweets/posts or engage with others. Be social! But remember, be professional.
  1. Show Your Newsletter Some Love. Set aside some time to send out/plan an email with a freebie, teaser, or update on your latest work. Make sure to thank those who are subscribed and make the email worth their while. OR, if you don’t currently have a newsletter, start one! Check out MailChimp if you’d like a user-friendly, free option.
  1. Give Your Website a Face-Lift. Streamline/re-brand/re-define your online presence. Check out byRegina’s amazing wealth of knowledge on the topic. OR, if you don’t have a website of your own, create a free one (check out WordPress for a free, beginner website). Every writer should have a website!
  1. Give Back. Gain a bit of publicity while giving back to the writing community. An easy way to do this is to write a guest post for a site, give an interview, participate in a book review/swap program, etc. Make sure links to your own site and work will be included, but otherwise, share your knowledge. Have something that our writing audience might find useful? Apply to be a guest poster for Sprint Shack!

Which of these 5 things are you excited to tackle? Have any questions? Comments? Leave them below!

Happy Birthday to Us: The Sprint Shack Turns 2 Today!

UntitledHappy Sunday everyone—and happy birthday to us!

Today, The Sprint Shack turns two years old! It’s been an exciting and productive year, and we thought it’d be fun to get together and share a recap with you all. After all, this could be our last big celebration before we update our NaNoWriMo word counts to that glorious 50,000 on November 30th and weep with overwhelming victory.

In case you haven’t seen, we’ve been sprinting on and off on our Twitter all day to celebrate (and we aren’t stopping yet)! But now we’d like to take a moment to recap some accomplishments from this past year, our own personal experiences blogging together, and each of our most popular posts.

The blog was a bit quieter this year as we all toiled away at our own projects, but we’ve accomplished a few exciting things since our last birthday. We added Mazie, our new contributor, who now blogs with us regularly. We hit 2,000 followers on Twitter and released a celebratory resource bundle. And, of course, we featured some amazing guest posters! Before we continue, take a look at these amazing posts and give a big thanks to their authors for contributing such awesome pieces:

Brigid Gallagher (YA Buccaneers) – Kill Your Distractions

Meredith Foster – How to Write in a Less-Than-Ideal Environment

Mazie Bishop (before she joined us as a contributor!) – Being A NaNoWriMo ML

Amy Good – “Story Bandit:” Stealing Your Writer’s Block With Random Prompts & Dares!

Grace Black – Poetry & Three Line Thursday Writing Competition

Amy Good & Karen Faris – Rewriting Mary Sue

Yvonne Spence – 1000 Voices Speak & The Power of Writing

These were some well-written, inspiring posts… and we’re honored to have hosted them!

We Just Wanted To Say…

Happy birthday to us! The Sprint Shack is one year old! Here's what the founders have to say...Faye

It feels like it was only last month that we were launching the Sprint Shack and now we’re celebrating our second birthday. I can’t believe how fast that time’s gone! But it’s not that surprising, considering how much has happened in that time. The Sprint Shack has developed and branched into areas that we never thought it would when we first founded it, like self-publishing and freelancing. We also launched our first bundle for writersthe first of many to come! This next year is going to be very exciting for the Sprint Shack, let me tell you.

The past year has also been an incredible journey for me personally. I’ve moved on after graduating from university, run my own business and expanded my first e-course into an e-book, the Writember Workbook. Over the next year, I’m planning to release two more e-books for writers, plus whip my work-in-progress, Her Clockwork Heart, into readable shape. It’s all happening in 2016—and that’s not even going into what we have planned for the Sprint Shack! (Hint: it’s going to be epic, you guys.)

In short, keep watching this space.

Faye’s most popular article this year: How To Write 10,000 Words In A Day

TaylorTaylor Eaton

Two years? Already?! Wow. Happy two-year birthday to the Sprint Shack! It’s hard to believe we’ve been around that long already. To be honest, this site still feels very new. And in some ways, it is. We’re still working to come up with new ways to bring all our readers the best content we can. I can’t say too much, but we’ve got some exciting things planned for Year 3!

On a personal note, this past year has been a variety of writing successes and failures on my part (but that seems to be most years). As far as successes go: I’ve published two more collections of flash fiction (God Gave Me Butterfly Wings and Little Write Lies, Volume 1), plus continued to post two free flash fiction stories per week over at Little Write Lies. I’ve also started a successful series, Firewalkers, on Channillo, continue to be a monthly judge for Three Line Thursday, and have recently become an editor at 101 Words.

On the flip side, there have been weeks on end when I haven’t written at all. Projects I have been working on have been put on hold. My time spent word sprinting has dwindled down to almost nothing. And a new job has left me exhausted, with little to no energy left to write in the past couple months.

However, if there’s one thing that the Sprint Shack community has taught me over the last year, it’s that it is imperative to celebrate your successes and forgive yourself for your failures. I’m encouraged to keep writing by our wonderful readers and contributors, as well as my awesome co-founders. Here’s to another great year with the Sprint Shack!

Taylor’s most popular article this year: A Tiny Guide: Prioritizing Your Writing Time

CristCristina Guarinoina

I’m not sure what I can say that Faye and Taylor haven’t already. Of course, I’m floored that it’s been two years already since we began writing, sprinting, and collaborating with each other to bring The Sprint Shack to life. I, too, look back on this year as a combination of failures and successes alike, but as Taylor said, I think that’s every year!

Receiving a promotion at my job last year led to an increase in writing responsibilities for my employer, so personal blogging and creative writing have shifted back and forth in priority over the past 12 months or so. In addition, I’ve embarked on a fitness journey of sorts, holding myself accountable to my weekly workouts and more active weekend plans like hiking, and my will power often runs out by the time I get to my writing as a result. I also found myself in a new relationship and with a new pet—a feisty and troublesome kitten! So, naturally, life has felt a bit hectic—and I’m a little disappointed about how infrequently I was able to post on The Sprint Shack, be present for regular sprinting events like #TNightSprints and #TuesAMSprints, and focus on my creative projects this year.

But while there were some disappointments, there were some amazing experiences as well! I got to help beta read Faye and Taylor’s works and watch their writing flourish, meet and work with Mazie as our new contributor, and this past summer, I got my own flash fiction piece “Petals to the Sea” published in The Great Noveling Adventure’s anthology Summer Nights!

As for the future, I’m excited to work with Faye and Taylor to put some of our exciting ideas for The Sprint Shack to life. I’ve been spending some more time with my fantasy WIP Fleeting and considering what to work on for NaNoWriMo, since I think spending some time in a new project would do my creativity well and give my excitement for writing the spark it needs after a tough year. I’m still not entirely sure where the next year will take me, but that’s what New Year’s Resolutions are for… and we aren’t there quite yet!

Cristina’s most popular article this year: The Story Arc: A Guide To Structuring A Smooth Story


In the past year I have somehow managed to land a writing position with Sprint Shack, graduate with a degree in Journalism, and jump start my freelance career. My new year’s resolution was to write 1000 words a day, and for once in my life, I haven’t broken the chain yet. It has truly been a year full of big sprints and I can’t be more pleased about how it’s turned out.

Mazie’s most popular article this year: Setting Manageable Goals

So, where do we go from here?

We have some more plans for The Sprint Shack, the details of which are still under wraps… but keep an eye out for more content and bundles, a potential site overhaul, and new & improved sprinting schedules in the future!

Most importantly, thank you so much to our readers and followers for participating in sprints, reading The Sprint Shack, and chatting with us on Twitter. We love having such a wide community of writers to celebrate the craft with.

Here’s to another great year!

Introducing “Writerly Round Up:” Our Top Picks from September 2015

UntitledIt’s a little crazy to think that September is already over. October is on our heels, and with it, the excitement and sheer terror of NaNoWriMo peeking over the horizon. What will we write about? How will we approach those new or ongoing projects? Will we finally beat down that writer’s block once and for all, or succumb to it a little while longer?

Whether you’re participating in NaNoWriMo or not, these are all questions you likely face every day. They, along with dozens of others, are constant fodder for those pesky inner editors who are adamant about keeping our word counts down. Self-doubt is something we all deal with, and that’s one of the reasons there are so many blogs, websites, and challenges dedicated to keeping fellow writers productive and confident.

At The Sprint Shack, we all follow other writers—whether that be through Twitter, their blog’s subscription service, or a myriad of other venues—and so we’re constantly reading about the craft of writing. Since there are so many sources out there for inspiration, we thought it’d be fun to share some with you! We’ll be collecting a few external posts each month that we enjoyed or found helpful and share them with you in a monthly “Writerly Round Up” post.

Take a look at what we have for you this month. We hope you enjoy your last day of September!

4 Reasons Why Sprinting Is The New Writing

Posted by: Sacha Black

We’ve extolled the virtues of word sprinting numerous times, but Sacha does a great job of going over the basics—as well as 4 great reasons why you should be utilizing this great productivity tool.

The Benefits of Pre-Writing

Posted by: Kristen A. Kieffer @ She’s Novel

Kristen at She’s Novel does a phenomenal job of covering pre-writing’s many benefits. This one wasn’t posted this September, but the advice contained within is timeless. Pre-writing is a helpful exercise for getting into the meat of your next project, particularly for those of us embarking on NaNoWriMo in a mere 32 days.

How to Accept Your Writing (When You Feel Like the Worst Writer Ever)

Posted by: Kaitlin Hillerich @ Ink and Quills

When you’re in the worst of writing ruts, the craft you’re most passionate about can feel like a chore. Kaitlin at Ink and Quills doles out some great advice in this piece about knowing yourself, accepting writing, and acknowledging that your dry spell won’t last forever.

The #1 Secret To Writing Faster And Saving Your Time

Posted by: Jenny Bravo @ Blots & Plots

Writing is a long, laborious process. No magical formula will help you write a bestseller in a day, but if you’re looking for tips to be a faster, more efficient writer, Jenny Bravo at Blots & Plots has you covered.

Pep Talk: Getting Ready For NaNoWriMo

Posted by: Hannah Davies @ Write All Year

Who doesn’t love the regular pep talks from NaNoWriMo’s Chris Baty & co.? If you can’t wait until November for that extra boost, give this pep talk a read and get prepping.

Did you come across any articles you particularly enjoyed this month? Let us know in the comments, or pass them on to us via Twitter!

Freelance for Beginners: All About Client/Writer Relationships


This is the next installation in a series of posts on freelancing by Mazie Bishop. You can find future posts on Freelancing and read the rest of the series here.

Clients are not only the most important factor of your freelance career but the main form of promotion for your services. So of course, by default, managing client relationships can also be the most difficult aspect of freelancing. Every client has different expectations, but they all have one thing in common: they are all looking for someone they can trust to convey their message in the best way possible.

In this post I am going to be talking about some simple ways to keep your clients coming back to you and how to make sure you become their go-to freelancer.


Since we have already discussed how to get started started with your new freelance career, the next thing to talk about is communication. When a client reaches out to you, you want to make sure that you are approachable, down to earth and that you communicate in a way that they will understand best. Make sure that you are friendly, polite and overall professional. Feel free to make connections and tell your clients a bit about your writing background and anything else that applies to the job. Sometimes you may find that you just won’t be compatible with their project, but it’s important to keep that communication positive in case they have a project in the future that is more up your alley.

Professional Priorities:

In this career, it’s obviously important to make sure that we are smart about our rates and to make sure we maintain maximum financial security. This is one of the hurdles that comes with being self-employed, as we don’t have a company with legal support to back us. This being said, you want to make sure that you focus on getting all of the information about your client’s project before you even think of throwing around budgeting details. Doing this will show that you genuinely do care about your client’s business and that you are passionate in what you do. Once all the details are worked out and you have a great understanding of what your client wants, gracefully throw in a message asking about their budget. Give them an approximation of what you would feel comfortable working for, and make sure to say that you are will to further discuss your rates to better fit their budget. Most of the time they will work within your ballpark, but a lot of clients love to know that you are willing to work with them.

Regular Check- Ins:

Once you have started working for a client, you want to make sure that you check in with them on a regular basis with any questions, comments or just general progress, no matter the size of the project. Whether it is once a week or once every few days, just make sure you are letting them know how things are going. They will appreciate that you are thinking about them.

Classy Finish:

Once you have worked your freelancer magic and completed the project to the absolute best of your ability, you want to make sure you take the time to sincerely thank your client for choosing you. The freelance world is a big one, in the sense that there are a lot more freelancers than there are jobs, and the fact that they chose to work with you is a wonderful thing. Show that you appreciate it with a simple and professional thank-you, and make sure they know you are interested in working with them again in the future.

If you really clicked and think that you really made a connection with your client, make sure to mention that you are always looking for new clients and that if they know anyone looking for a freelancer, you’d love to help them out. This is going to get them thinking about who they can tell about your work, and it’s the best way to make sure your clients are promoting you.

These are just some of the simple ways I have made better, stronger relationships with my clients and have kept them coming back, but every experience is different. If you have a tip or trick you would like to add, please feel free to do so in the comments, and make sure to let us know how your new adventure in the world of freelance is going!


Mazie Bishop is a fiery 23 year-old writer and journalism graduate from Canada. She is self-published and also has several poems and short fiction pieces published in various anthologies and magazines. Currently, she is in the process of writing her second novel, and is in the outlining stages of a quarter-life memoir. You can read about her little crafty adventures, read her work, and gander at her photos on www.theselittlepieces.com.

What to Do When You Have Too Many Story Ideas

How can you cope with idea overwhelm? Through using these four fun and creative methods. | www.sprintshack.wordpress.comYou’re a writer so your head is probably brimming with ideas (most of the time, anyway). And that’s a good thing. We’re a creative lot, with story ideas sneaking up on us at the most random and often inconvenient of times—like in the middle of our current works-in-progress.

But what if you have too many ideas? So many you just can’t decide which to write next. So many you keep hopping from project to project because you just have to write those shiny new ideas now.

Okay. Deep breath. Here are four methods that could be just the ticket to saving you when you have too many story ideas swirling around your noggin.

1. Summarise your idea so that it fits on an index card and put that card safely away in an “idea box”.

When inspiration first blossoms, it can be tempting to dive straight in with writing that new story. The problem with this is that these ideas tend to be undeveloped. They haven’t had time to mature, to grow into fully fledged plots, so you hit a brick wall after a few chapters of furious writing and scratch your head, wondering where the story will go next.

If, instead, you write your new ideas down in a few sentences and store them away for another time, you give your muse the chance to work on them at the back of your mind. This method keeps a record of your ideas so that you don’t forget them and gives them a place to grow and develop. In fact, I once heard this technique described as the ‘plot bunny nursery’.

2. Use your ideas as inspiration for shorter fiction.

If you really can’t wait to start writing your shiny new story, then giving novellas, short stories or microfiction—stories under 1000 words—a go can help to alleviate this burning desire. This way, you don’t have to spend months, if not years, turning each idea into a full length novel. You can have fun with your story seedlings by writing some microfiction, short stories or novellas about them instead.

I’ve also found this method particularly useful for experimenting with different genres, voices and styles of writing. Because you’re not dedicating yourself to a 70,000+ word book, you have the freedom to try something new without worrying that you’ll have wasted all that time should it not work out as you planned.

3. Combine several ideas to create one story.

Got too many ideas that you want to make into full length novels? Try weaving them together to create one story. This method’s very effective if you have several ideas that can’t make a story on their own, like a character, a magic system, a conflict, and so on, but can also be used when you have fully formed plots that line up with each other nicely.

For example, a character who can read auras has taken up residence in your head and demands you write a story about her. You also want to write a thriller involving a therapist who manipulates her clients into committing crimes for her. And you really like the idea of setting a story in a futuristic world teetering on the edge of societal collapse. You could write separate books about each of these elements or you could combine them to create a novel about an aura-reading therapist who’s been driven to manipulating her clients in order to protect her family as the world slowly crumbles around her. Interesting, right?

4. Use your ideas as inspiration for subplots.

Subplots support the main story, so there’s no reason not to incorporate one of your many ideas as a subplot as long as it helps to drive the main plot forward.

Maybe you really want to write a story about the adventures of a swashbuckling airship pirate, but you’re also dying to write a mystery set in the Alps. What if, in the course of his daring adventures, your air-pirate stopped to get supplies at a small town in the foothills and was drawn into a murder mystery there?

Is your multitude of ideas slightly more manageable now? I hope so. Have fun with these methods, dear readers. There’s a lot of scope for imagination and that’s what we writers are all about.


Do you ever feel like you have too many ideas? How do you deal with idea overwhelm?

A Tiny Guide: Prioritizing Your Writing Time

prioritizing your writing timeSomething’s been bothering me lately about my writing habits and, after a long week of solemn reflection, I came to a realization that I wanted to share with you: it is impossible to do it all.

That’s right. I’m talking to you over-achievers out there. And to those of you that are inundated with responsibilities outside of your writing life.

After switching into a new job a couple months ago, I’ve found that my time for writing has shrunk and my energy and motivation have been steadily declining.

After reaching a point last week where I felt that I could no longer keep up with all my writing commitments, I took a step back and evaluated the situation. What was really going on here? Why couldn’t I prioritize my time correctly and get into a good writing rhythm?

Then it hit me: I was overwhelmed. I’d taken on too much and assumed I could make it all work. And what was more, I had so many writing commitments on my plate that didn’t truly interest me, that I was avoiding them. So, to remedy this issue, I started breaking down my writing commitment and created a guide for myself that I’d like to share with you.

Below is a breakdown of the percent of my writing time that I spend on different kinds of writing (to make sure my time spent writing is manageable, productive, and enjoyable), as well as a list of questions to ask yourself when you need to figure out what you should cut from your writing workload.

Writing Time Spent on Different Projects

I’ve found that most of my writing projects fall into three different categories. I’ve broken down the percent of my writing time that I spend (or would like to spend) on each category every week.

Passion Projects (35%)

Blog Posts/Projects with Deadlines (25%)

Paid writing (40%)

Note: there might be some overlap between these categories – which sometimes makes things easier – or harder – to prioritize.

I’ve found that when I stick to this sort of writing schedule, I’m a happier, more motivated writer.

What Happens When Something Has to Give?

Sometimes there’s just too much. Sometimes, you have to make the tough call and resign from that editor position or give up trying to squeeze an extra blog post in each week. To help you make the decision on what to give up when you need to let something slide, use the below list of questions to determine what is really important to you and what you should let slide.

  • what makes you happy?
  • what allows your writing to grow?
  • what do you look forward to writing?
  • are you under a contract?
  • will you be letting anyone (including yourself) down if you don’t complete this?

The secret to being a great writer is loving your craft, devoting your time, and prioritizing your projects. Don’t let yourself get bogged down with uninspiring work or items that take up your time and leave no room for other projects.

Balance your writing life in order to let it grow.


Do you have any tips for prioritizing your writing time? Let us know in the comments below!

Guest Post: 1000 Voices Speak & The Power of Writing

Guest Post TemplateToday, we break our hiatus with a guest post from Yvonne Spence, founder of the 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion blogging challenge! 1000 Voices Speak invites bloggers to post on topics of compassion on the 20th of every month. These posts can range from fiction to poetry to nonfiction and everything in-between, and aim to raise awareness about the various ways in which people can show compassion. Posts are linked up on the 20th so that participants can read each others’ work and spread the word. 

Yvonne is with us today to discuss the power of writing, which is at the very core of the 1000 Voices Speak initiative. 

Suppose you’re having a tough day and feel as if nobody understands you. Lost in sadness, you search the internet for help and find an article that says what you need to do is get rid of your negative thoughts and choose happiness. As you read, you might see where your thoughts have driven your spiral into misery—or you might feel even more miserable because you think you should be able to drop those negative thoughts, and because your feeling that nobody understands you intensifies.

The written word has power—but only as much as the reader gives it. This is true even of unpublished writing—even if nobody else reads your writing, you do. If by journaling you gain insight into your own mind’s thought patterns, then your writing has the power to transform.

Back in January, I read articles about the Charlie Hebdo murders and massacres in Nigeria. As I read, I felt shock, and yet a sense that of change, of the world saying, “No more.” Two words held up by the people of Paris summed this up: “Not afraid.”

Later, I read a post by fellow blogger, Lizzi Rogers, that was a call for more compassion. I often read similar posts and yet it seemed that many writers felt lonely in their longing to care. It struck me that we needed to get them together.

I invited people to join me in writing about compassion. My hope was to get 1000 people to write on the same day, creating a counter to the frequent reports of atrocities. I hoped that in some small way we would help to spread love and understanding around the globe. We’ve been spreading love ever since.

When writing comes from the heart, it provides a service. In giving ourselves permission to write from our deepest truth, we touch the same truth in our readers and so give them permission to be who they are.

Writing that wants attention for its beauty or cleverness tends to disappoint. It feels empty and leaves writer and reader feeling frustrated though often not knowing why. It’s simple: the writer isn’t writing to spark ideas in the reader, but to impress them, to gain approval and feel of value.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with that. If we, as writers, feel lacking and gain approval through our writing, the confidence that comes can spread to other aspects of our lives.

And yet, if we want to connect with readers, we need let go of wanting approval and write from beyond habitual patterns. This deeper kind of writing most often happens when we don’t plan it, but simply show up at our desks and allow the process to do the writing for us. The “I” (or ego) steps out of the way. It’s no coincidence that many great writers say the writing writes itself.

Great writing by “ordinary” bloggers or authors comes that way too. We don’t have nearly as much control as we’d sometimes like to think and the more we let go of trying to control, the better our writing usually is. When we let go of trying to control, our writing comes from our deeper, unconscious mind and we connect with other people in this same deep way.

Yes, we also connect in superficial ways—if, for instance, I write an article about politics and present my view as the “right” or “good” one, many people will agree with me. However, this also risks disconnection from others if they happen to hold different political opinions. The same holds true for any topic – I could have strong opinions about parenting, schooling or even cooking that diverge from a percentage of my potential audience.

Again, there’s nothing inherently wrong with this. I’m not suggesting we censor ourselves, because that destroys any power our words have. If we express our view and are open to others disagreeing with us, then we will reach deeper understandings. In this way, writing connects and transforms.

Writing that comes from the unconscious mind, that goes beyond ego and touches that deeper part of the reader, doesn’t need to be serious or “worthy.” Comedy exposes the collective insanity of the mind, the parts we try to hide. In recognising and laughing at our human foibles, we release them, and again open to deeper connection.

Writers, including many of the people who take part in 1000 Voices Speak For Compassion, often struggle for words, not because they are trying to impress, but because they don’t feel worthy. In reality, it’s not that we aren’t enough, but that language can only ever point to what connects us; it can never fully be it. When we go beyond our fear of disapproval, what remains is a wordless sense of peace.

However, to point others to that, we need to use words. Take compassion. I’ve felt it; you’ve felt it. But we experience it through the filters of our minds. When I share my definition and read yours, it leads to deeper understanding.

The power of the written word comes when it breaks through a reader’s filters to allow new insights and awareness. For me, this is the biggest source of joy in writing—both as reader and writer. Several people have said that my novel, Drawings in Sand, helped them to gain compassion for someone from their past.

One post for our very first #1000Speak link-up came from a Nigeria woman, aptly named Joy. She now lives in South Africa and to try to protect herself from the pain of what was happening in her home country, she shut it out. After joining 1000 Voices Speak, she found the strength to open her heart to her country’s people, writing: Today and always you are my family.

There can be no stronger testament to the power of the written word than that!

Yvonne Spence writes both fiction and non-fiction.  Her short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines, and two have won prizes. One of her essays will be published in the anthology “Mom for the Holidays” later this autumn and another will be in an anthology published in spring 2016 by HerStories. She blogs at yvonnespence.com.
Compassion Logo FINISHEDIn January this year, Yvonne instigated 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion, a blogging initiative started in response to violence and alienation in our world. If you would to be part of a movement for loving change, you can check out the 1000 Voices Speak blog, join the Facebook Group, like the Facebook Page, follow on Twitter at @1000speak or look for posts with the hashtag #1000Speak.