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About me and a request for fans!
I have set up a regular blog on my webpage (english for nursing and healthcare but thought I should make use of the blog facility at Authors Den to introduce myself properly and hopefully score a fan or two or a tracker,even better.

I tried out Authors Den after a recommendation on Squidoo, a site where 'lensmasters' write lenses (effectively webpages)about any topic which takes their fancy. I started using squidoo as a way of advertising the self published books -on Lulu- which I have been writing in the are of Medical English. I am new to self publishing and creating backlinks (no idea yet) and developing a platform so it is a laborious process.

One of the things I've noticed about squidoo which I would contrast with Authorsden is that some of the lenses are more what I would call hobby-based rather than pieces of writing. The lens of the week seems to be of the 'New Ways with candle-making' or 'Best chocolate fudge recipe yet' genre. I suppose that is what caught my eye about Authors Den - it is about authors of fiction or non-fiction who want to get their stuff read.

I am really impressed by the stats on Authors Den which I am recording on a daily basis to get an idea of how many people are reading my articles and/or looking at the books I have written. I am surprised at the growth in numbers of people who have clicked on my articles and hope this continues.

I received an email today from Lulu asking for feedback about their company and my experience of it. I have spoken to many friends and colleagues in the English for Specific Purposes area about self publishing and Lulu. Most people agree that self publishing is a boon for writers in niche markets or of subjects which appeal to a limited market. In the EMP (English for Medical Purposes) area, there are many subgroups of courses which could be run but which would probably only attract a few people at a time. I'm thinking of English for Midwives, English for Occupational Therapists or English for Dietitians. Interestingly,I occasionally read pleas from teachers who have been allocated a course to teach on, say, English for Hospital Porters and don't know where to get the materials. A POD (print on demand) book may be the answer, as may blended learning which would allow for a course cannibalised from several other courses, both online and paper versions.

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More Blogs by Virginia J Allum
• Communication breakdowns in healthcare can be fatal - Monday, July 16, 2012
• Why I'm a fan of LSP - Saturday, June 23, 2012
•  First blog on Authorsden - Wednesday, June 20, 2012  

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