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Tip Tuesday #132

Tip Tuesday features writers' tips on craft, research, querying, blogging, marketing, inspiration, and more. If you'd like to send in a tip, please e-mail me at agentspotlight(at)gmail(dot)com.

Today's tip was sent in by Martha Ramirez. She participated in Random Acts of Kindness week hosted by The Bookshelf Muse a few weeks ago and discovered something cool. She shared it on her blog back in May but thought it might make a great Tuesday Tip. I think it does! When you're done reading, please visit Martha at her blog, Writer Unleashed.

I discovered how to record a voice message on my phone to share with friends. However, I quickly found the file used is not compatible with PCs so I did some digging and I found something really cool.

How many of you have CPs from different states or even countries? Chances are you do. What if I were to tell you, you can easily send each of them a nice personable message letting them know just how much you appreciate them? I'm betting most of you who have had contact with your CPs for years have never ever even heard their voice. Aren't you curious what they sound like? Not only that, wouldn't you want to tell them how much you absolutely love them and appreciate them via voice message?

Well, here's your chance.

 I also think this is an excellent communication tool. You know those times when it's much easier to voice something than to type it out? Maybe a short five minute brainstorming session.

 Or just letting your CP know how your day went is an awesome way to communicate. I think it's just fun to actually hear the voice of the person you've communicated to all these months—years—decades.

Some of you may already know how to do this but for those who don't, here are four easy steps on How to Record and Send a Voice Message by Email.

So go on. Let's spread some kindness out there. Send your CP or special someone a message of gratitude. I guarantee you it will put a smile on their face.

~Martha Ramirez
(As someone who received one of Martha's surprise recordings, I can vouch for that smile!)


  1. It's such a sweet way of saying thank you! Take care

  2. That's an awesome tip Martha. I hadn't heard of that.

  3. Pretty cool. I wonder if you can do it without a microphone. I can't believe it took me nearly 5 minutes to figure out what CP meant: Critique Partner!

  4. That's a great idea. Especially for CPs. Sometimes when I am critiquing someone's work, I want to just explain it to them rather than write it. Luckily, I meed with my CPs in person so I get to do that!

  5. Thanks so much for having me C! Appreciate it!!