Twitter To The Rescue

Twitter To The Rescue

When anyone asks what my favorite social platform is (outside of Medium, of course!), I answer with Twitter. Sure, Twitter has received its fair share of bad press lately, but it’s still my favorite for connecting directly with people. As writers, it’s also a fantastic tool for connecting with and building an audience. I also…

I Bought a Selfie Ring Light

I Bought a Selfie Ring Light

I bought a selfie ring light over the weekend. It’s an inexpensive thing that clips on your phone and provides better lighting for pictures. The $14.99 it set me back isn’t a hefty price, but I’m questioning the life choices that brought me to this moment. Let’s rewind. I never understood selfies. Taking pictures of…

Write Now with Richard Kirshenbaum

Write Now with Richard Kirshenbaum

Who are you? Richard Kirshenbaum — Adman and Novelist. I live in NYC. What do you write? They say write what you know — and owning an Ad Agency and having run many cosmetics accounts from Avon to Revlon I had a unique birds eye view of the cosmetics industry. My debut novel Rouge (St. Martin’s Press) is a fictional account…

Pitch Slapped: How to Properly Pitch Publications

Pitch Slapped: How to Properly Pitch Publications

As one of the four people behind The Writing Cooperative, I receive a lot of pitches. Besides the two-dozen submissions received daily through our submission process, another dozen arrive unsolicited via email. As writers, we want our words in front of as many eyes as possible. This requires pitching publications and growing our bylines. So…

Building The Writing Cooperative: How Internet Strangers Developed a Writing Community

Building The Writing Cooperative: How Internet Strangers Developed a Writing Community

The Writing Cooperative is an online writing community with over 100,000 followers on Medium and 2,200 members on Slack. Despite its massive size, The Writing Cooperative started with just two people who never met. The Early Days In late 2012, Ev Williams launched a new writing platform, Medium. A year later, with the platform fully available…

CNN Ruined Twitter

CNN Ruined Twitter

Twitter was the Wild West when it launched. The lack of product definition meant anything was possible. Brands had not yet invaded, nor had celebrities, or other marketers. Everything was fresh and new. A year after I joined Twitter, it’s stitching began to fray. CNN acquired the @CNNBRK account from a London-based user in 2009….