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Anne Hill has been advising authors and professionals about online marketing since 1994. She is co-organizer of the popular Bay Area Bloggers Society meetups, and helps wise entrepreneurs expand their influence through Creative Content Coaching.

Anne has written books on topics as diverse as dreams, spirituality, and publishing. She teaches and speaks internationally, and hosts the Dream Talk Radio podcast.

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The Secret to Finding (and Keeping) Your Niche

(0) Comments | Posted January 1, 2014 | 2:07 PM

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I can still remember the first time I walked into my college's main library. Before me were six huge floors, each one filled floor-to-ceiling with bookshelves. Looking at all that accumulated knowledge, my heart sank. "Everything important has already been written," I...

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Born at the Right Time: Why Starting a Family in Troubled Times Isn't Such a Bad Idea

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 12:21 PM

Here's the key: the more courage and joy you bring to raising a family, the happier your children will be in the long run.

It was April, 1986. I had just turned 24 and was walking with a friend in downtown Santa Cruz, pushing my 8-month-old son in his stroller....

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Don't Just Quantify Your Life, Change It--Remember Your Dreams

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 6:20 PM

At a time when our health habits and actions are easily tracked through apps, we know a lot about how we eat, move, and breathe. But when it comes to understanding who we are, our biggest data source not only goes unrecorded, it is largely forgotten every time we jump...

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The Best First Steps to Develop Your Online Platform

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2013 | 6:08 PM

At the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference last month I talked to both new and experienced writers about building author platforms. I expected to be asked why author platforms were necessary, but to my surprise the most frequent question I heard was: Where should I start? Writers young and...

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Pain-Free Social Media for Academics

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 2:12 PM

I have several friends who are brilliant, dedicated academics. They write excellent books, teach at colleges and universities, and are standouts in their fields. You might want to know where they are speaking next and what they are currently researching, but you'd be hard-pressed to find them on the web....

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Do Authors Really Need a Facebook Page?

(8) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 11:10 AM

Of all the social media platforms, Facebook seems to cause authors the most consternation. The generally accepted wisdom is that every author (some say every book title) needs her own Facebook page -- a business page, not simply a personal profile. Meanwhile, most authors I speak to simply dread the...

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The Problem With the Future of Publishing

(5) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 2:06 PM

Last December I had the opportunity to attend the Churchill Club open forum on The Future of Publishing. Moderated by author, entrepreneur and publisher Guy Kawasaki, the panel included author

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The Answer to Big-Time Problem Solving? Shut Up and Dream!

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 4:17 PM

It is widely known that we need better sleep to be more alert and healthier during the day. Thanks in large part to Arianna Huffington's advocacy work, women especially are rediscovering the value of a good night's sleep.

But a funny thing happens when we get more sleep:...

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Startups, Innovation and What's Next in New Media: A Report From OpenCoSF

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 11:25 AM

I had a great time at OpenCoSF last Friday, where I managed to squeeze in six sessions before my feet got tired from walking too many miles, and my brain got tired from too much new information. With more than 2,000 people attending sessions hosted at over...

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Activate Your Dream Wisdom

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Think of a dream. Maybe it was from last night. Maybe it was so long ago you're not even sure it really was a dream. Think of it anyway. Remember every detail. Fill in the blanks where your memory falls short. Make it a dream of this moment, a creative...

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Finding Wisdom in Your Place of Power

(2) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 1:20 AM

When the daily grind has ground you to dust, you can get your bearings and return to your soul by lifting your head and looking out to the horizon: to the east, the south, the west and the north.

Around you right now are the compass points of creation, the...

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Bullying, Caretaking, and Spiritual Community

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 1:10 PM

"And there is no peace, no true release
No secret place to crawl
And there is no rest for the ones God blessed
And he blessed you best of all."
-- "King of Bohemia," by Richard Thompson

Last month on the Blog o' Gnosis, I wrote, "As a...

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Social Media for Authors: A Bubble About to Burst?

(9) Comments | Posted August 5, 2012 | 7:26 PM

Ewan Morrison's recent article in The Guardian, "Why social media isn't the magic bullet for self-epublished authors," deftly lays out many self-published authors' deepest fears. Faced with the self-destruction of traditional publishing and scratching their heads over the byzantine alleyways of Facebook fan pages and the like, authors weigh the...

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Do Progressive Politics and Pagan Activism Mix?

(96) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 3:00 PM

The Bay Area Pagan Alliance kindly asked me to speak at their annual festival this year. What follows is an edited version of that speech.

This year's theme is "paradigm shift." In Reclaiming, the Pagan tradition I was most involved with starting in the early 1980s, the ideal...

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How to Go from Success to Leadership: Embody Your Values

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 6:23 PM

I have written a lot about the essential tools, work habits, and attitudes for growing a vibrant brand presence. But today, I want to focus on the moment when all your hard work pays off and you actually start achieving success.

Strange as it may seem, success catches many people...

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Keep Your Author Platform Rooted in the Independent Web

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 3:06 PM

I write a lot about the importance of web presence for businesses and individuals, how to create it and how to sustain it. But right now authors are in a uniquely powerful and also potentially hazardous position in terms of their web presence, and in this post I...

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Increase Your Knowledge Base in 2012

(3) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 10:59 AM

One of my favorite sayings is, "Life is an open-book test." It is not important that you know everything, either in life or in business. But it is important to know where to find the answers you need. If you have set up your web presence correctly, chances are that...

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Make the Most of Your Business's Facebook Page

(5) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 4:44 PM

Lots of changes have been happening behind the scenes at Facebook. The platform now has a lot more functionality for business and professional users. If you have a Facebook page for your business, now is a great time to try out some of these new tips and tricks for increasing...

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It's Not Just About Privacy: Facebook's Growing Problem

(4) Comments | Posted June 2, 2011 | 5:06 PM

I had this post half written when I went away last weekend for my daughter's college graduation. When I returned, I read these comments made by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at the e-G8, bemoaning the fact that people...

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The Secret to Creating a Wildly Successful E-book

(3) Comments | Posted April 27, 2011 | 4:40 PM

Having a publishing house market your book used to be one of the big advantages of signing with a major publisher, but not anymore. Established authors have understood for years that they need their own publicist and marketing plan for every new release. Meanwhile, the internet is abuzz with puzzled...

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