In an attempt to promote Christian authors, author Leann Harris asked me to participate in a twist on a blog hop. Continue reading
I’ve gotten to know Lisa Buffaloe through her website, her radio show, and through mutual friends here in Dallas. She seems like a true kindred spirit. While zealous for the Lord, she also has such a fun personality and a clever sense of humor!
and it’s strictly for unpublished writers!
not industry professionals.
The Facebook situation is fun if your just doing the social thing, but for writers and business folks, Facebook provides opportunity to share a message. And used well, it can stir a great following for that message.
But first and foremost, Facebook is social.
That’s why anyone using it must have a profile. (Only one to a customer, please.) The profile is the social face of the person. And that section has benefits and rules connected to it.
For instance, on a profile, a person “friends” other people. You friend them and they accept you. So you have a little community of happily cohabitating friends that connect with others as well as each other. When you take a picture of one of these friends, you can “tag” them in it and a notice goes up on their board that you did. They stop whatever they are doing and run over to your wall to check out the picture you took of them.
Cute. Studly. What’s that thing hanging out of your nose?
Anyway. I digress. The point is, you can make a status report or post a note or photo and tag your friends to inform then that it is there and includes them. They’ll come look. No really. They will.
Pages are different. Being for businesses, nobody can friend them. Sad and lonely place to be. They can be liked though and a whole lot more than just the profiles. See profiles can only add 5,000 friends, but page likes go up and and up. I’m not even sure they have a limit. So as your business grows, so can your outreach.
In the “voice” of your page, you can post on your own page. You can “like” other people’s pages. You can even post on those pages you’ve liked. However, you can’t friend anyone. So you can’t post to anyone’s profile, even if they like your page. You can’t comment on any profile at all.
One is the loneliest number …
There are benefits to pages though. A page establishes a writer as professional. Once published, those books can become part of the timeline and also tabs on the front page. Second, pages offer statistics that you can’t get with your profile. I can see at a glance how many people have liked me, how many have visited my page, and how many have liked or commented on anything I’ve said.
The other stat that I’ve recently noticed makes it clear that Facebook isn’t showing all of my page postings to all of those who liked my page. For instance, the last post on my page was an announcement of yesterday’s blog. Only 20 people saw it. Not that 20 people visited the link. The post only showed up on the feeds of 20 of those who have liked my page. The other 147 went along without knowing that I posted anything.
- Like their page. A page-owner can only invite you once. If you choose not to like their page, you withhold essential encouragement for no good reason. Liking doesn’t hurt. Doesn’t cost. Doesn’t fill your feed with spam. It just encourages your friend.
- Like any posts that you see from their page. Again, unless it disagrees with your moral fiber – and I totally get that and won’t chat about politics for that very reason! Yikes! – there’s no good reason to deny your friend the little click of a mouse key. And what do they get when you like a post. BIG! It doubles the amount of people who see the post, giving them a better chance of getting out their message.
- Really want to be a good friend? Share their posts. Sharing the ones they post from their profile is fun, but it doesn’t help their business. Sharing posts from their page means SO MUCH! When a page owner has their posts shared, Facebook decides they deserve more attention and shares their following posts with more people.
Didn’t realize you had such power at the tips of your fingers did you? Use the power for good, Luke!
By the way, you can find me at http://www.facebook.com/MarjiLaine
have received a makeover!
Our focus is now on novels new to bookstore shelves. COTT’s readers will always have the most up-to-date information on the best and newest Christian literature.
Thanks to you, our faithful readers, Clash of the Titles’ new unpublished authors literary contest has been christened—
|Ancient Olympia, Greece *Attribution|
In classical times ancient Olympia was the site of the original Olympic Games. It sat at the foot of Mount Olympus, the tallest, most formidable mountain in Greece. The first Olympic Games were held in honor of Zeus, but at Clash of the Titles, we give all honor to the Most High God and wish every contestant His greatest blessing!
Authors, submissions for The Olympia pen October 29, 2012. For preliminary details, please visit The Olympia page.
$10 Entry fee.
Indie Author Lee Carver presented information about
Self-Publishing at the recent DFW Ready Writer meeting.
I have a writer tip. When I first started this gig almost 10 months ago, one of the first things I did was do a search for local writer groups. I knew there had to be some out there! And I found several in and around the metroplex. Yea!
DFW Ready Writer president, Janice Olson
Then I looked at when they met, boo. I’d barely missed every meeting and had to wait several weeks for another chance. My first was a critique group on the east side. It was nice, but not social, so I kept looking. I wanted to find that unique group of folks that I could not only grow with, but connect with, too!
Authors Lena Nelson Dooley, Leann Harris, and Margo Carmichael
I found DFW Ready Writers. They’re the local chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers. At the first meeting I met highly successful authors who were kind and encouraging. I even found not one, but two critique groups, each with it’s own flavor of focus. I don’t always get to go to both every week, but I never regret going when I can. They have stretched me so much!
Authors Lynne Gentry and Jane Thornton
And taught me. Not only writing techniques – just listening to their mastery does that – but also publishing insight as many are well-published authors.
And the best part about them is the connection. I really like these gals (mostly gals) and they like me right back and miss me when I’m not around. How cool is that?
So my tip is this. Find a group of like-minded writers. You don’t have to share a genre to be like-minded. The groups that I’m in write in all types – Amish, fantasy, YA, historical, suspense, contemporary romance, even children’s books. We don’t all write the same genre, but we all share the same goal of glorifying the Lord.
And once you’ve found that group, join them. Both feet. Be willing to put yourself out there and maybe even get your nose tweaked a bit. You’ll grow as a writer and as a professional.
Oh, and if you’re anywhere near the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex, I hope you’ll consider visiting our next meeting. You can find out more information at this link!
Your turn! What’s the best writer tip, or life tip, that you’ve ever gotten?
In fact, it is one of the unique new storage ideas that is shared in this article by Jill Harness at neatorama.com. Yes, if I saw this in a house, it would certainly draw my eye!
You really need to take a look at all the crazy designs! They have some great ones, like a staircase that has a place for books under each step; makes me wish I had a second floor!
There are several varieties that offer expandable shelves and some that also roll. Most of them have interesting or unique designs and equally odd names, such as the “Twins,” the “Equation,” “My DNA,” and the “Bed.”
By the way, the books on the shelf above, (well, under the shelf above) are connected to the shelf by elastic bands of some sort.
I’m embarrassed. My bookshelves are just, well, bookshelves.
What about you? What do your bookshelves look like? Are they full? Are they fancy? Which of the ones in the linked article are your favorites?
Even though I need to take part of the weekend off, I hate skipping a day on my blog! Especially while I have the time to work on it. Once Volleyball season starts, all bets are off!
So this week as I browsed various blogs – and BOY do I browse – I linked a few onto this post. These were my favorite posts for the week. I started to do a top ten, but it would be just too tough to choose between some of these!
Sacred Cow-Tipping–Why Writers Blogging About Writing is Bad
Posted by Author Kristen Lamb in Blogging, Social Media Platform on June 7, 2011 from WarriorWriters.wordpress.com
What did you see this week that knocked your socks off? Leave a post URL and share what you like with everyone!