Winter Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #14 and Recap of Day 13

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Winter Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #14 and Recap of Day 13

Master of the Social Network Universe!

We’re winding down the Winter Author Blog Challenge, and I’m very pleased to announce that there are 7 people in the race for the overall grand prize: ALL of the giveaways for all 15 days + a $25 gift card to the bookstore of your choice. On a pro-rated basis, I think we’re ahead of last year, in terms of people completing. Of course, it’s about half the duration of last year’s Challenge! TIA BACH, please check your postings if you want in on a chance to win – I show you missing a couple.

HELP! I NEED YOUR INPUT. We’ve still got 2 days to go in the Winter Author Blog Challenge (by the way, Old Man Winter decided he was need your thoughtsfinished with Arizona today. We went from 57 on Saturday to 74 on Monday to 89 on Wednesday!) and I’m already starting to get questions about the NEXT Author Blog Challenge. So I need your input. My plan is to host it in August – this will be a REAL Challenge: 31 days! I am inclined to reprise the questions from the inaugural ABC last summer – but they will be repeats for a good number of you.

Please comment below (or email me) to offer your input.

(1) Would you participate if we reprised the prompts from last year?

(2) Would you prefer a 26-day challenge where the prompt each day is simply to focus on a word for that day’s letter of the alphabet? For example, on the 7th day of the challenge, your post would have to focus on a word that started with the letter G.

(3) Do you have suggestions for prompts related to authoring, writing, or publishing that we haven’t covered yet? If you are new this time around (or are just watching but not participating yet), what kinds of prompts would you like to see for the next Author Blog Challenge? If you’d like to review the prompts for the inaugural Author Blog Challenge, you can find them under the FILES tab on the ABC Facebook page.

Thanks, in advance, for your feedback!

So we had a very mixed response about the prompt concerning Ning. Here it is:

Ning

What if you could create your very own Facebook? A social networking site that you run, based on your interests and whose members must abide by your vision, goals, and rules? Guess what, WABCers – you can do just that through Ning.com! I know – it’s crazy. Here we’ve spent the last 12 days talking about other social media platforms, and now your kooky leader is bringing up the idea of hosting your own network. There are drawbacks to be sure. T-I-M-E being chief among them. But if you have a special interest and haven’t found the perfect social site yet, Ning offers you the mechanism by which to create your very own social network. Ning has other benefits, though – chief among them being numerous sites on all sorts of topics that may attract your target readers. Are there any circumstances under which you could see yourself creating your own social network? Take a spin around the Ning Directory just to see what else is out there. Much like blogs, you’ll find half-abandoned Ning sites (ahem … I have one of those) and thriving sites. Are you inspired? Could you find time to visit one or two in your genre just to see if hanging out might be worthwhile? And by all means, if you already have a Ning site, share the link with us!

SNIPPETS FROM YOUR POSTS

MELISSA KHALINSKY. If you’ve known me for years, then you’ll know I used to run my own forum. It was a lot of time and it’s put me off a lot of forums… I don’t participate much in the ones I’m a member of, though I know this will need to change.

Since I’ve been a forum owner, I know how valuable forums of all sorts can be for promotion. There is quiet promotion through filling out your profile and your signature, and louder promotion by posting about your book, website or business. READ MORE HERE.

KEBBA BUCKLEY BUTTON. But Sabrina ran the seminar as [a series of] webinars, with all the practice on Ning.com. We learned to post photos and construct bios of all different lengths. We learned to design our own page and edit photos. We learned to define our brand and how to be friendly with people in our Ning community without talking business. We learned about blogging and blog posts. We learned to organize our bios, photos, and social media to-do’s on our desktops, in a Social Media folder. We read topics on the Ning site and did homework and posted our creations. READ MORE HERE.

SANDI TUTTLE. [Ning] is a BUSINESS. It is not a part-time hobby. You can easily spend 80 hours a week building and growing a site like this. You will encounter needy people who suck the life out of you that you have to cut loose. You will encounter selfish people with no boundaries who will have to be blocked for the good of the rest of your network. You will get venomous emails about things you consider trivial, and you will spend hours dealing with these details – all while the real work of your site is sitting waiting to be done. It will take every drop of your energy, imagination and time. You will end up meeting amazing, magical, wonderful people and you will meet representatives of the Evil Empire. Your site will become the Dictator of Your Universe. IF your site is a success. READ MORE HERE.

LINKS TO ALL POSTS

Revisit the Mister Linky site to see links to ALL of DAY 13 posts.

DAY 13 WINNER

Congratulations to Kebba Buckley Button, winner for Day 13 of the Winter Author Blog Challenge. Kebba has won the special report, “29+ Places to Market Your Webinars, Teleseminars and Live Events” from Teresa Beeman . This directory lists, in alphabetical order, more than 29 places to submit your events, along with information about the sites themselves. You will: Save time spent on market research Get in front of more potential buyers Promote the easy way Increase your attendance by leaps and bounds Learn the requirements set out by each site; get the details on whether each service is free or bee-based; and get a listing of what each service provides. The Directory has been endorsed by well-known internet professionals like Kathleen Gage, D’vorah Lansky, Terri Z of Solo-E, Sue Painter, and others.

Thanks to Teresa for this donation! We’ll email Kebba with info about claiming her prize.

WRITING PROMPTS

Just a few more posts to go. Onward, with the Day 13 writing prompt for the Winter Author Blog Challenge…

universe

OK, some might compare today’s prompt to yesterday’s – but they are different. This one is a little more creative than necessarily practical. Your answer doesn’t even have to be physically plausible – the goal is just to have a little fun, now that you’ve worked so hard for nearly 2 straight weeks! Here’s the question: If you could create a social media platform that doesn’t exist yet, what would it look like? What would it do? How would you use it to promote your books as well as those of other authors you know/like?

POST YOUR LINKS

In order to qualify for today’s drawing, you MUST post your link on our Linky. Click the image below to access it. In the field that says YOUR NAME, you write your name AND the name of your post (not the title of your blog). In the field that says YOUR URL, include your link to TODAY’s post. Your post will not count for drawings and toward overall winner if you do not add your link to the Linky page. However, we still encourage you to share your posts on the wall for the Author Blog Challenge Facebook group.

As we near the WABC finish line, we continue to encourage you to read each others’ blogs. The Author Blog Challenge works because you support each other by reading, promoting, sharing, and talking up the great posts you come across from your fellow participants.

Let the blogging continue!

Laura & Marcie

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The Winter Author Blog Challenge is hosted by Laura Orsini and her alter ego, Marcie Brock, of the Marcie Brock – Book Marketing Maven blog. Feel free to download your copy of the Write | Market | Design special report, “Social Media for Authors.”

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Winter Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #13 and Recap of Day 12

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Winter Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #13 and Recap of Day 12

Ning … when you’ve just got to create your OWN social network!

Uh-oh… We’ve pushed some participants to their breaking points today. Not our intention at all, but I get that all this talk of social media can leave one’s head swimming. Believe me, I was introduced to the early ones slowly. Then it felt for a time like another new one was popping up every day. Trust me, I regularly sit in on teleseminars or network with Internet savants only to find them talking about networks I’ve never even heard of, let alone have had a chance to try them out to see what they’re all about.

That said, yesterday’s prompt was about social bookmarking:

A social bookmarking site is a “centralized online service” that gives its social bookmarksusers the ability to add, annotate, edit, and share links to web documents. Bookmarking, also known as “tagging” is a significant feature of social bookmarking systems, enabling users to organize their bookmarks in flexible ways and develop shared vocabularies known as folksonomies. Popular social bookmarking sites include Delicious, StumbleUpon, Reddit, and Digg. Do you regularly use any social bookmarking sites? Why do you use the ones you use? What are the benefits of social bookmarking? What are the specific benefits of social bookamarking to authors? If you’re not using a social bookmarking site, you’re missing out on a key aspect of social media: referrals by the users. Is social bookmarking something you should consider incorporating into your online book marketing strategy? Give us links to your profiles, if you have them.

SNIPPETS FROM YOUR POSTS

SARAH BENSON. I am actually learning that there are quite a few social media platforms that I know little to nothing about. Sure I’ve heard them mentioned around but I just shrugged it off as “just another time killer” and while they very well may be time killers, if used efficiently they can all increase your exposure and in relation your sales and profit.

I guess it all boils down to the type of exposure you want, your target audience, and how much you want to sell. For a hand-crafting industry, there definitely is such a thing as too many sells. Too many sells would be when you are getting more demand than your single pair of hands and limited time can keep up with. So, which social media platform is the best for your business? READ MORE HERE.

Very nice recap, Sarah! I hope your readers get lots out of it. LO

MERLENE FAWDRY. Squidoo I left alone and I have decided today is the day I draw the line across social networking, to be content with what I do and leave rainbow chasing to those with more time and higher energy levels. I have heard of Delicious, StumbleUpon, Reddit, and Digg, have even wandered in and had a look on occasion, but I’m afraid if I am to miss out on bookmarking even though it is seen as a key aspect of social media, then I will have more time to do other things – like write perhaps. READ MORE HERE.

I love, Merlene, that you know your limits. Please don’t think you’re in any way “less than” for saying ENOUGH! The goal of the Challenge was to bring new social media platforms to the participants’ attention – not to get you to join all of them! We all have limits – I admire you for sharing yours with us today. LO

RUNDY PURDY. I have not participated in social bookmarking, but I have been the beneficial recepient of it, to a small degree. Once or twice an article of mine has been “Stumbled Upon.” This gave me a momentary modest boost in my website traffic and a brief warm and fuzzy feeling that my writing had actually been noticed. (Yes, my life has meaning!) Sadly, I have never (yet) been slashdotted, reddited or any other major event presaging a surging influx of traffic. Maybe someday. The world hasn’t ended yet. READ MORE HERE.

Always wise, Rundy. I learn so much from your thoughtful posts! LO

LINKS TO ALL POSTS

Revisit the Mister Linky site to see links to ALL of DAY 12 posts.

DAY 12 WINNER

Congratulations to Toni Nelson, winner of the drawing for Day 12 of the Winter Author Blog Challenge. Toni has won a gift from Justine Dunn. It is a copy of her book, Beach Lanes. Set in Ventura, California, where days are filled with sunshine and surf, but life isn’t quite so laid back and carefree for all residents. Kenzie’s life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers he is slipping into a parallel universe. In his efforts to protect girlfriend, Ali, he finds himself caught further and further into his own web of lies as he tries to work out what is causing it. The dubious actions of his other-self in both worlds force him to make some heartbreaking sacrifices as he attempts to regain control of his life. Can he get their lives back on track before Ali finds out, or has their relationship already crumbled beyond repair?

Thanks to Justine for this donation! We’ll email Toni with info about claiming her prize.

WRITING PROMPTS

Just a few more posts to go. Onward, with the Day 13 writing prompt for the Winter Author Blog Challenge…

What if you could create your very own Facebook? A social networking site that you run, based on your interests and whose Ningmembers must abide by your vision, goals, and rules? Guess what, WABCers – you can do just that through Ning.com! I know – it’s crazy. Here we’ve spent the last 12 days talking about other social media platforms, and now your kooky leader is bringing up the idea of hosting your own network. There are drawbacks to be sure. T-I-M-E being chief among them. But if you have a special interest and haven’t found the perfect social site yet, Ning offers you the mechanism by which to create your very own social network. Ning has other benefits, though – chief among them being numerous sites on all sorts of topics that may attract your target readers. Are there any circumstances under which you could see yourself creating your own social network? Take a spin around the Ning Directory just to see what else is out there. Much like blogs, you’ll find half-abandoned Ning sites (ahem … I have one of those) and thriving sites. Are you inspired? Could you find time to visit one or two in your genre just to see if hanging out might be worthwhile? And by all means, if you already have a Ning site, share the link with us!

POST YOUR LINKS

In order to qualify for today’s drawing, you MUST post your link on our Linky. Click the image below to access it. In the field that says YOUR NAME, you write your name AND the name of your post (not the title of your blog). In the field that says YOUR URL, include your link to TODAY’s post. Your post will not count for drawings and toward overall winner if you do not add your link to the Linky page. However, we still encourage you to share your posts on the wall for the Author Blog Challenge Facebook group.

As we near the WABC finish line, we continue to encourage you to read each others’ blogs. The Author Blog Challenge works because you support each other by reading, promoting, sharing, and talking up the great posts you come across from your fellow participants. Explore each others’ social bookmarking sites – they may be sharing cool stuff!

Let the blogging continue!

Laura & Marcie

__________________

The Winter Author Blog Challenge is hosted by Laura Orsini and her alter ego, Marcie Brock, of the Marcie Brock – Book Marketing Maven blog. Please visit Marcie’s blog for loads of great info about low- to no-cost methods of marketing for self-publishing authors.

Winter Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #12 and Recap of Day 11

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Winter Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #12 and Recap of Day 11

StumbleUpon, Digg, Delicious, Reddit … where do YOU bookmark socially?

You had to know that GoodReads was going to be a popular topic with Authors, right? Some are using it more than others, but as with everything, there’s usually room for growth. Now we’re talking Squidoo! Saw great enthusiasm for this nifty platform. Keep reading for more thoughts…

Yesterday’s prompt was about Seth Godin’s platform:

Do you have a Squidoo lens? Founded by Seth Godin, Squidoo is a popular ROCKETSQUID_rocketeer2free site that enables users to create single webpages (known as lenses) about their interests and recommendations. Users can even earn money for charity or themselves. The credibility-building potential rivals Quora, but unlike question-answering sites, Squidoo users are free to create content of their choosing. The SEO rankings are quite high – but it remains incumbent upon the site’s users to double-check the veracity of information provided. Challenge questions: What are the benefits to using sites like Quora and Squidoo for building credibility? What can they offer that your website or blog doesn’t already do? How could this help you sell more books? If you are on Squidoo, remember share the link to your favorite lens.

SNIPPETS FROM YOUR POSTS

ALANA MAUTONE. I am on GoodReads, but, I rarely update. Why?

I like to browse around in my local library. Most of what I read is books in the new book (new-to-the-library, that is) shelves that catch my eye. Sometimes I’ll devour the book in a couple of sittings. Sometimes it will sit for most of the three-week period my library allows you to take books out for, and then “suddenly” I’ll get an urge to read it. Sometimes, time’s up and I haven’t even cracked the book. Back to the library it goes. Other times, I read 3 or 4 books at the same time. So, enough times, by the time I think about getting onto GoodReads, I’m done. READ MORE HERE.

Oh, Alana, I can so relate to the way you read. Isn’t it amazing how sometimes the books that call to you in the library don’t warrant a second look at home, and the ones you where you thought, “Oh, what the heck – I’ll see what this is about” sometimes grab you and won’t release you till they’re read? LO

ASHLEY HOWLAND. The prompt for today was about Squidoo. Now I thought I was doing okay with the whole social media thingamajug. However I have recently discovered I don’t use it very effectively at all. What do I need to be better? Well the answer is simple and it’s also impossible. I need more time! Who doesn’t? So I am making a plan and I will blog my process because I will need to get some feedback, but also because what I have learnt over the last week or so might help other authors. I am more than happy to help others, that’s why I started the Stitch Says blog! READ MORE HERE.

When you figure out how to make more time, Ashley, please come back and let all of us know! LO

MELISSA KHALINSKY. I signed up with Squidoo years ago, mostly to get names for my business before anyone else did. It was so long ago that I no longer have the email address I originally signed up with!! OK, it was 2010 – but in Internet terms, this is almost ancient history! It’s a pity I can’t change my username there, though… When looking at this prompt, I reactivated my account. I can see that I didn’t know how to use it properly back then, but now I can see a lot of potential for promoting books, especially some of the non-fiction work I’m writing. READ MORE HERE.

I love your user name, Melissa! Had the same issue with MySpace. My page still exists, and portions of the info are still correct (from 2001), but I cannot get into it to update it anymore. LO

LINKS TO ALL POSTS

Revisit the Mister Linky site to see links to ALL of DAY 11 posts.

DAY 11 WINNER

Congratulations to Rundy Purdy, winner of the drawing for Day 11 of the Winter Author Blog Challenge. He has won a gift from Tweaking MADD. This collaborative magazine caters to students, artists, photographers and writers. Its goal is to facilitate the publication of unpublished writers and existing artists, photographers, and administrative talents enabling smaller narrators a voice in the world of publishing. Tweaking MADD offers one free year of hosting for an individual or corporate blog, complete with links allowing for promotion within Tweaking MADD. By advertising and networking, the successful blog will be highlighted as an individual and star feature along with a joint product within the structure of Tweaking MADD. This is essentially free advertising for the owner of the blog.

Thanks to Cheryl Van Hoorn for this donation! We’ll email Rundy with info about claiming his prize.

WRITING PROMPTS

The end is in sight! Here we go with the Day 12 writing prompt for the Winter Author Blog Challenge…

A social bookmarking site is a “centralized online service” that gives its social bookmarksusers the ability to add, annotate, edit, and share links to web documents. Bookmarking, also known as “tagging” is a significant feature of social bookmarking systems, enabling users to organize their bookmarks in flexible ways and develop shared vocabularies known as folksonomies. Popular social bookmarking sites include Delicious, StumbleUpon, Reddit, and Digg. Do you regularly use any social bookmarking sites? Why do you use the ones you use? What are the benefits of social bookmarking? What are the specific benefits of social bookamarking to authors? If you’re not using a social bookmarking site, you’re missing out on a key aspect of social media: referrals by the users. Is social bookmarking something you should consider incorporating into your online book marketing strategy? Give us links to your profiles, if you have them.

POST YOUR LINKS

In order to qualify for today’s drawing, you MUST post your link on our Linky. Click the image below to access it. In the field that says YOUR NAME, you write your name AND the name of your post (not the title of your blog). In the field that says YOUR URL, include your link to TODAY’s post. Your post will not count for drawings and toward overall winner if you do not add your link to the Linky page. However, we still encourage you to share your posts on the wall for the Author Blog Challenge Facebook group.

As we head into the last few days of the WABC, we continue to encourage you to read each others’ blogs. The Author Blog Challenge works because you support each other by reading, promoting, sharing, and talking up the great posts you come across from your fellow participants. Explore each others’ social bookmarking sites – they may be sharing cool stuff!

Let the blogging continue!

Laura & Marcie

__________________

The Winter Author Blog Challenge is hosted by Laura Orsini and her alter ego, Marcie Brock, of the Marcie Brock – Book Marketing Maven blog. Please visit Marcie’s blog for loads of great info about low- to no-cost methods of marketing for self-publishing authors.

Winter Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #11 and Recap of Day 10

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Winter Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #11 and Recap of Day 10

Twenty-four Squidooooooooooooooo…

LOVE the participation in the Winter Author Blog Challenge! Even the old pros are being introduced to new social networking platforms and getting new ideas for marketing their books. That’s the whole idea! If you like what’s happening here, please tell your friends! We’ll do this again in August … so let folks know it’s coming.

Yesterday’s prompt was a little more accessible to a lot of you…

Are you on GoodReads? It seems a pretty obvious place for authors to hang goodreadsout, yet I’m not sure authors are using it to quite the maximal benefit. If you are on GoodReads, how often do you visit/use the site? How often do you update your reading list? What other kinds of things do you post? Are you finding yourself using it the way social media was intended: to create a community? If you are NOT on GoodReads, have you made a deliberate choice to skip it? What other mechanisms do you utilize for meeting other readers/writers/authors? How else could you begin to create your very own community? Share your GoodReads profile with us.

SNIPPETS FROM YOUR POSTS

MERLENE FAWDRY. I’ve been on GoodReads since 2009. It is a good place for writers and readers to hang out but I, like many others I suspect, do not use it to maximum benefit – notice I have found a way to avoid pointing out once again how intention has not met expectations. READ MORE HERE.

Merlene, I could well relate to your periodic use of GoodReads and wondering what happened since last time. Kind of like noticing a new building that’s gone up on a corner you haven’t passed in a while. Thanks for sharing. LO

Kebba and Alana wrote on other topics.

KEBBA BUCKLEY BUTTON. There are many ways we can participate in peace ministry.  Today, I had an extraordinary experience.  I took a group to a showing of the film, Jun-Ai.  The film tells the story of Japanese settlers abandoned in China, the day Japan surrendered at the end of World War II; in it, one of the Japanese women changes the lives of all she meets, gradually, through patience, love, and kindness. READ MORE HERE.

Loving your peace series, Kebba! LO

ALANA MAUTONE. What does a former British rock group that formed in 1968 and disbanded many years ago have to do with the U.S. Civil War? Two weeks ago, when I was researching my Civil War Sunday blog post, I visited a couple of newspaper and magazine websites and read some Civil War related articles.

Have you ever noticed what happens when someone writes an article about the United States Civil War (or any other subject), posts it online and allows comments on the article? Allowing people to comment on newspaper and magazine articles online is a form of social media I could normally do without. … When you read the comments on Civil War articles, it quickly becomes obvious that we, the American people, are still fighting the Civil War that officially ended in 1865.  Usually, within 5 or 6 comments, the posting people, North vs. South, are going at it with a ferocity that makes you wonder if this war, 152 years old in our hearts and minds, will ever end. But this time, in one of the comment sections, there was a difference. READ MORE HERE.

Every bit as intriguing as it sounds, Alana! LO

LINKS TO ALL POSTS

Revisit the Mister Linky site to see links to ALL of DAY 10 posts.

DAY 10 WINNER

Congratulations to Ashley Howland, winner of the drawing for Day 10 of the Winter Author Blog Challenge. She has won a copy of Merlene Fawdry’s My Magdalen Home, which can be reviewed at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/288361. Thanks so much for the donation, Merlene! We’ll email Ashley with info about claiming her prize.

WRITING PROMPTS

Forward! Here we go with the Day 11 writing prompt for the Winter Author Blog Challenge…

Do you have a Squidoo lens? Founded by Seth Godin, Squidoo is a popular ROCKETSQUID_rocketeer2free site that enables users to create single webpages (known as lenses) about their interests and recommendations. Users can even earn money for charity or themselves. The credibility-building potential rivals Quora, but unlike question-answering sites, Squidoo users are free to create content of their choosing. The SEO rankings are quite high – but it remains incumbent upon the site’s users to double-check the veracity of information provided. Challenge questions: What are the benefits to using sites like Quora and Squidoo for building credibility? What can they offer that your website or blog doesn’t already do? How could this help you sell more books? If you are on Squidoo, remember share the link to your favorite lens.

POST YOUR LINKS

In order to qualify for today’s drawing, you MUST post your link on our Linky. Click the image below to access it. In the field that says YOUR NAME, you write your name AND the name of your post (not the title of your blog). In the field that says YOUR URL, include your link to TODAY’s post. Your post will not count for drawings and toward overall winner if you do not add your link to the Linky page. However, we still encourage you to share your posts on the wall for the Author Blog Challenge Facebook group.

As we head into the last few days of the WABC, we continue to encourage you to read each others’ blogs. The Author Blog Challenge works because you support each other by reading, promoting, sharing, and talking up the great posts you come across from your fellow participants. See who among you is already on Squidoo and connect with them!

Let the blogging continue!

Laura & Marcie

__________________

The Winter Author Blog Challenge is hosted by Laura Orsini and her alter ego, Marcie Brock, of the Marcie Brock – Book Marketing Maven blog. Please visit Marcie’s blog for loads of great info about low- to no-cost methods of marketing for self-publishing authors.

Winter Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #10 and Recaps of Days 8 & 9

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Winter Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #10 and Recaps of Days 8 & 9

Summertime and the reading is good…

So sorry – didn’t mean to freak everyone out by not sending the daily email yesterday! Wow, are we creatures of habit! You do realize, this info goes out in 3 different formats, right?

  1. Here on the blog.
  2. On the Facebook page.
  3. Via email.

So, not surprisingly, we didn’t have many takers on the FourSquare topic. I was interested to see what you all had to say, because I have my own opinions about the platform. Here’s the post:

What are your thoughts about FourSquare? For those unaware, FourSquare foursquareis a location tracking platform. Its users “check in” at various locations with a mobile device and are able to find out (track?) where their friends are. Location is based on GPS hardware in the mobile device or a network location provided by the app itself. Many members use foursquare and its competitors for the discounts. Or perhaps you want people to know which bookstore you’re in for your signing or event. Are you using FourSquare? Is there a way to use it to encourage better attendance at your signings and events? What are the pluses and drawbacks? Be sure to give us the link to your profile!

SNIPPETS FROM YOUR POSTS

ASHLEY HOWLAND. Today’s prompt was about foursquare. I think I have an account, but never use it. I don’t like the idea of people knowing where I am all the time. So I’m not convinced this is of any use to me as an author or just in general. Will be interested to read other people’s takes. READ MORE HERE.

MERLENE FAWDRY. When I do want to publicise an event I tend to use other methods, print invitations, flyers, email, Facebook and other media On the plus side, it does have great maps and this could be useful in the absence of a GPS – or a print copy street directory. This works for me. READ MORE HERE.

RUNDY PURDY. Call me paranoid but I really wonder if people are thinking about these possibilities and implications enough. Yes, it is fun to share where you have been, what you are doing, but are you confident who is seeing that information? Would you be comfortable if the entire world could see that information? The more you become a public figure the more pointed these questions become. Authors want to use social media to get their name out in the world, but there is a negative side to that greater visibility. Sometimes you attract the attention of less savoury characters. Do you share on social media with that possibility in mind? READ MORE HERE.

MELISSA KHALINKSY. One of the drawbacks is remembering to check in, also, I don’t want everyone to know where I am when I’m out with my kids. Also, when I’m on my mobile, I’m conscious of not going over my data limit. It’s different when I’m somewhere I can connect with WiFi. I’ve also only just started adding friends to my list. I haven’t used discounts or special offers yet, mostly because the places I’ve been visiting haven’t had offers listed. READ MORE HERE.

Let me just say I’m glad I’m not alone in my concern for this medium. I’m NOT a privacy freak, but common sense just says it’s probably best not to announce to the world where you are at every given moment of the day. The only benefit I see from doing so is to earn points or savings on certain items, but when it comes down to it, is any savings really worth exposing yourself so thoroughly? Just my 2 cents’. LO

LINKS TO ALL POSTS

Revisit the Mister Linky site to see links to ALL of DAY 8 posts.

And also revisit the Mister Linky site to see links to ALL of DAY 9 posts.

DAY 8 WINNER

Congratulations to Merlene Fawdy, winner of the drawing for Day 8 of the Winter Author Blog Challenge. She has won a collection of science fiction short stories entitled Footprints in Red from Doug Turnbull. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/210763. Thanks so much for the donation, Doug! We’ll email Merlene with info about claiming her prize.

DAY 9 WINNER

Congratulations to Alana Mautone, winner of the drawing for Day 9 of the Winter Author Blog Challenge. She has won Laura Orsini‘s ebook, Using Facebook Fan Pages to Market Your Book and/or Build Your Business. Facebook Fan Pages have changed considerably over the last  year. If you’ve been meaning to create one — or need help notching up the results with your existing Fan Page — this book is a must-read! Nearly 200 pages with TONS of screen shots to explain every detail. Includes ideas for increasing your following, as well as thoughts on how best to connect with your customers, clients, and prospects. We’ll email Alana with info about claiming her prize.

WRITING PROMPTS

We now unveil the Day 10 writing prompt for the Winter Author Blog Challenge…

goodreads

Are you on GoodReads? It seems a pretty obvious place for authors to hang out, yet I’m not sure authors are using it to quite the maximal benefit. If you are on GoodReads, how often do you visit/use the site? How often do you update your reading list? What other kinds of things do you post? Are you finding yourself using it the way social media was intended: to create a community? If you are NOT on GoodReads, have you made a deliberate choice to skip it? What other mechanisms do you utilize for meeting other readers/writers/authors? How else could you begin to create your very own community? If you are on Goodreads, remember to give us your profile link.

POST YOUR LINKS

In order to qualify for today’s drawing, you MUST post your link on our Linky. Click the image below to access it. In the field that says YOUR NAME, you write your name AND the name of your post (not the title of your blog). In the field that says YOUR URL, include your link to TODAY’s post. Your post will not count for drawings and toward overall winner if you do not add your link to the Linky page. However, we still encourage you to share your posts on the wall for the Author Blog Challenge Facebook group.

As we keep blogging, we continue to encourage you to read each others’ blogs. The Author Blog Challenge works because you support each other by reading, promoting, sharing, and talking up the great posts you come across from your fellow participants. Check out your fellow participants on GoodReads and connect with them!

Let the blogging continue!

Laura & Marcie

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The Winter Author Blog Challenge is hosted by Laura Orsini and her alter ego, Marcie Brock, of the Marcie Brock – Book Marketing Maven blog. Please visit Marcie’s blog for loads of great info about low- to no-cost methods of marketing for self-publishing authors.

Winter Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #7 and Recap of Day 6

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Winter Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #8 and Recap of Day 7

Circles, circles … everywhere are circles.

OK – somewhere between yesterday and now, we passed over the halfway mark in the Winter Author Blog Challenge. Yesterday’s topic was Google+.

Have you jumped into Google+ yet? If you are a regular user, you are still considered an early adopter, and that’s a great place Google+ 2to be in order to make a name for yourself while few others are – especially if men are among your target market, as most users right now are male. As marketing pro Linda Sherman puts it, “GooglePlus can give you access to influencers (i.e., other early adopters) who might not notice you elsewhere.” This is a CHALLENGE, so here’s my challenge with this prompt: If you’re USING Goolge+, tell us about your experience. If you’re NOT using Google+, don’t just write, “Blah, blah, blah I’m not using it …” and call it a post. Do a little research. Learn one thing about Google+ that you find interesting, that might make it worth your time and effort to explore. No – I’m not suggesting you be on every social media platform, but the goal of this Challenge is to explore the various social networks, so let’s do that! And if you are on Google+, be sure to give us your link.

Now we’re heading off the main path, into some other, perhaps lesser known social media platforms. Stick with us –  you may learn something or be inspired to try something new! Must be losing interest a bit – or getting busy. We only had 9 entries on the Linky today, and 9 entries on the FB group page … althought he lists did not overlap 100 percent!

SNIPPETS FROM YOUR POSTS

TIA BACH. What I’ve loved most about these social media-themed prompts is how much I’ve learned. I had NO clue that men used Google+ more. Good to know, since I write women’s fiction and my YA book will be appeal more to females as well. READ MORE HERE.

Glad to know you’re learning stuff, Tia! LO

LAURA ORSINI. Another great feature of Google+ is that it allows for long conversations during which you can build relationships and readership. As with Twitter and LinkedIn, use Google+ to connect with fellow authors, bloggers and readers. If you want to see what other authors and writers – some of them very connected and/or impressive, are up to, here’s a List of Recommended Authors and Writers on Google+. READ MORE HERE.

While I do have the whole Laura/Marcie thing going on, I’m not so batty as to reply to my own post. Really. LO

RACHEL EDGE. Is love an infection of the heart that purely needs time to heal? Is love an uncontrollable force that makes the blindest of bats crave men from 100 paces? Is it just that he is not the nice guy I thought he was but somewhere deep down I was hoping he might be afterall?

I have decided to do the one thing I can only do after telling him all this is over. I cannot possibly go and see him, I cannot even call him up. I am going to send him a text message like a lame ass and I am not even going to say I miss him although obviously, there is not enough sugary food in the world to make everything ok. I am going to wimp out entirely and send him an insulting message in hope he replies to my message with the words. ‘Rachel I was in a coma for two weeks I am so sorry my evil twin stole my phone and from now on I am going to be a better boyfriend.’ READ MORE HERE.

Ah, Rachel. I had one of those. Finally chucked him – after 10 excruciating on-and-off years. I only got the apology a year after the breakup. If you can get over him in less than 5, you’re doing great! Hang in there, girlie. We’re rooting for you! BTW – I can’t get your blog to load in Internet Explorer  – thank God I use Firefox, too! LO

LINKS TO ALL POSTS

Revisit the Mister Linky site to see links to ALL of yesterday’s posts.

TODAY’s WINNER

Congratulations to Melissa Khalinsky, winner of the drawing for Day 7 of the Winter Author Blog Challenge. She has won a copy of Matthew Moran’s new book, Building Your I.T. Career (from Pearson Publishing). Matthew assures us that “while this may sound like an odd book for non-IT types, the book is really general, proactive, career advice that is applicable to all careers. Whilte it’s couched in some I.T.-focused conversations, it is NOT a technical title.” Thanks so much for the donation, Matthew! We’ll email Melissa with info about claiming her prize.

WRITING PROMPTS

We now unveil the Day 8 writing prompt for the Winter Author Blog Challenge…

quora

Are you using Quora? If you aren’t familiar with it, Quora enables users to ask questions and receive answers from those who allegedly know something about the topic. This is a phenomenal way to demonstrate your expertise – and even if you’re a novelist, you have an area of expertise – perhaps it’s simply “publishing your novel.” Unfortunately, it seems you’re required to have an account before you can dig around – UNLESS you know a person’s profile link. Here are two you can check out:

http://www.quora.com/Seth-Godin

http://www.quora.com/Laura-Orsini

Yes – I just put myself on par with Seth Godin! Here’s your challenge: What’s the one question you would like to find an expert to answer? And conversely, what’s the one question you would feel most comfortable/confident answering? If you’re on Quora, please be sure to give us your link!

POST YOUR LINKS

In order to qualify for today’s drawing, you MUST post your link on our Linky. Click the image below to access it. In the field that says YOUR NAME, you write your name AND the name of your post (not the title of your blog). In the field that says YOUR URL, include your link to TODAY’s post. Your post will not count for drawings and toward overall winner if you do not add your link to the Linky page. However, we still encourage you to share your posts on the wall for the Author Blog Challenge Facebook group.

As we keep blogging, we continue to encourage you to read each others’ blogs. The Author Blog Challenge works because you support each other by reading, promoting, sharing, and talking up the great posts you come across from your fellow participants. Look to see which of your fellow WABC participants is on Quora and give them a follow!

Let the blogging continue!

Laura & Marcie

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The Winter Author Blog Challenge is hosted by Laura Orsini and her alter ego, Marcie Brock, of the Marcie Brock – Book Marketing Maven blog. Please visit Marcie’s blog for loads of great info about low- to no-cost methods of marketing for self-publishing authors.

Winter Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #7 and Recap of Day 6

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Winter Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #7 and Recap of Day 6

You’re on YouTube, I’m on YouTube, everyone’s on YouTube, right?

Well, I hope you’re still having fun, because we’re almost halfway through the Winter Author Blog Challenge! In the next few days, we’ll be heading into some lesser known social media waters, so get your explorer hat on and let’s have some fun!

Yesterday’s topic was YouTube.

youtube-logoWith more than 800 million unique visitors a month, YouTube is one of the most popular search engines. Do you have a YouTube channel? Have you made a book trailer for your book? If not, what kind of book trailer would you like to make for your book? Do you have a video camera? If you do and you’re not posting short videos, you’re missing out on a huge marketing opportunity. It’s especially useful if you’re trying to reach a global audience, as 70 percent of YouTube viewers are in countries other than the U.S. If regular video posts are still on your To-Do list, what are some of the most clever video posts you’ve seen, and how might you do something similar to promote your books or yourself as an author? Be sure to give us the link to your YouTube channel.

Wow, the YouTube topic was a big hit. A number of you wrote interesting posts about various aspects of video marketing.

SNIPPETS FROM YOUR POSTS

Ashley Howland. Ghostnapped has a You Tube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/Ghostnapped. I have my book videos on there, lots of fun. Check out how the dog in the Ghostnapped video is the wrong colour, oooppsss, not my doing. Anyway the Obi video is cool. I have also on occasion posted some videos of my dogs (of course), it’s a dog blog remember. READ MORE HERE.

Who doesn’t love dog videos, Ashley? Cute post! LO

Rundy Purdy. I call Youtube an accessory because I don’t think of it as a primary means to reach your reading audience. A trailer video for your book is most likely not going to be what catapults you into fame. Most people aren’t trawling Youtube looking for that next book trailer to share with their friends. And frankly, a lot of book trailers are pretty dull. I’m not saying don’t make a book trailer–by all means make one, and try to make it as engaging as possible. Be creative and imaginative. But to think about how Youtube will serve you as an author, you need to take that creativity beyond the confines of Youtube and the limitations of a book trailer. READ MORE HERE.

I really appreciated every piece of advice you offered in your post, Rundy. I think a lot of it is applicable across all the social platforms! LO

Toni Nelson. As an award-winning videographer, any time I see a business use video for their business I applaud them. The Knot (wedding site) uses video quite a bit. They researched their target audience (brides) and then offer them the advice and tips they need to plan the wedding of their dreams. They provide these tips via videos on their YouTube Channel. READ MORE HERE.

Tia, I got married 2 years ago (St. Patrick’s Day) and this is the first I’m hearing of The Knot. Just goes to show, we hang out online where our interests are. We had a tiny wedding in Sedona (pics here, if you’re interested), so I didn’t have a lot of use for online wedding sites. But I love that you featured the couple who founded The Knot and discussed the importance of video! LO

LINKS TO ALL POSTS

Revisit the Mister Linky site to see links to ALL of yesterday’s posts.

TODAY’s WINNER

Congrats to Ellie Izzo, who has won a digital copy of The Bird,  from Jo Michaels. It’s a 53,000-word fantasy novel. Synopsis: Stormy Terrabonne’s life is about to be changed forever by a bright red cardinal. She soon finds herself being whisked away from all she’s ever known to save an entire race of people known as Trobodytes. When she’s presented to the Queen, Stormy learns how she’s expected to help: By killing an evil wizard named Bordash Bladeslinger and stopping him from cutting down the sacred trees that bind Trogon to Earth. Thanks so much for the donation, Jo! We’ll email Ellie with info about claiming her prize.

WRITING PROMPTS

Onward to the Day 7 writing prompt for the Winter Author Blog Challenge…

Google-Plus-Circles

Have you jumped into Google+ yet? If you are a regular user, you are still considered an early adopter, and that’s a great place to be in order to make a name for yourself while few others are – especially if men are among your target market, as most users right now are male. As marketing pro Linda Sherman puts it, “GooglePlus can give you access to influencers (i.e., other early adopters) who might not notice you elsewhere.” This is a CHALLENGE, so here’s my challenge with this prompt: If you’re USING Goolge+, tell us about your experience. If you’re NOT using Google+, don’t just write, “Blah, blah, blah I’m not using it …” and  call it a post. Do a little research. Learn one thing about Google+ that you find interesting, that might make it worth your time and effort to explore. No – I’m not suggesting you be on every social media platform, but the goal of this Challenge is to explore the various social networks, so let’s do that! And if you are on Google+, be sure to give us your link.

POST YOUR LINKS

In order to qualify for today’s drawing, you MUST post your link on our Linky. Click the image below to access it. In the field that says YOUR NAME, you write your name AND the name of your post (not the title of your blog). In the field that says YOUR URL, include your link to TODAY’s post. Your post will not count for drawings and toward overall winner if you do not add your link to the Linky page. However, we still encourage you to share your posts on the wall for the Author Blog Challenge Facebook group.

As is our way, we continue to encourage you to read each others’ blogs. Today, make sure you connect with your fellow WABC participants on Google+. The Author Blog Challenge works because you support each other by reading, promoting, sharing, and talking up the great posts you come across from your fellow participants.

Let the blogging continue!

Laura & Marcie

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The Winter Author Blog Challenge is hosted by Laura Orsini and her alter ego, Marcie Brock, of the Marcie Brock – Book Marketing Maven blog. Please visit Marcie’s blog for loads of great info about low- to no-cost methods of marketing for self-publishing authors.

Winter Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #6 and Recap of Day 5

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Winter Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #6 and Recap of Day 5

Pin it!

I so appreciate Jo Michaels‘ comment on the ABC Facebook group page today: “I’m loving these topics and am having fun connecting with new people :)” Sometimes a little validation goes a long way, especially when I’m unsure of how well this topic is being received because there are so many few people posting daily this time around.

But, as I’ve long believed, those who are meant to show up will! So thanks to all who are hanging with us!

Yesterday’s topic was Pinterest.

pinterestOne of the newest and fastest growing social media platforms is Pinterest? Have you jumped onboard? What kinds of images do (or could) you post that are related to your book or the topic of your book? What other kinds of images do you post? Are you linking each post back to your blog, website, or Amazon page? IF YOU’RE NOT USING Pinterest, what’s holding you back? Take a look at book marketer extraordinaire John Kremer’s Pinterest Boards. After perusing them, how MIGHT you use Pinterest to brand yourself and your book? Is it something you’re considering? Be sure to give us your Pinterest link.

 As a whole, the group seemed more engaged with Pinterest than with LinkedIn, which doesn’t surprise me, personally, as I find Pinterest to be a whole boatload of fun!

SNIPPETS FROM YOUR POSTS

Melissa Khalinksy. I have been using Pinterest for a little while, and it’s a great time waster… but it is also a great place to look for inspiration. I use Pinterest to have boards for a number of different stories and books as well as personal boards for ideas for things around the home, inspirational sayings and, most recently, a board for my 365 Picture Books blog. READ MORE HERE.

Haven’t check it out yet, but I’m intrigued by the 365 Picture Books blog, Melissa! LO

Merlene Fawdry. Pinterest is one of my favourite social media platforms because it has a versatility that allows me to showcase and combine a number of interests, from my books to poetry, plaster statue collections (past and present) to short form poetry. I have six boards; My Books, Modern Haiga, Favourite Places & Spaces, The Minutiae of Life , Barsony Lamps and Vintage Plaster Statues. I don’t have my Pinterest linked to my blog yet, but will do so in the future. READ MORE HERE.

Love the creativity and versatility just the names of your boards evokes, Merlene! LO

Tia Bach. As alluring as Pinterest is, I’m not sure how to best use it to market my book. Do readers really go there to find books? And if they do, it seems the cover is your best marketing tool to draw them in. As an avid book reader, I appreciate a good cover but I make my final decision based on the book summary and word of mouth. To that end, I find GoodReads the better tool for book decisions. It’s aesthetically pleasing and offers book reviews and summaries all in one spot. READ MORE HERE.

Most excellent point about the importance of your book cover, Tia! LO

LINKS TO ALL POSTS

Revisit the Mister Linky site to see links to ALL of yesterday’s posts.

TODAY’s WINNER

Jo Michaels has won a marketing consultation from Judith Cassis. Thanks so much for the donation, Judith! We’ll email Jo with info about claiming her prize.

WRITING PROMPTS

Without further ado, here’s the Day 6 writing prompt for the Winter Author Blog Challenge…

youtube

With more than 800 million unique visitors a month, YouTube is one of the most popular search engines. Do you have a YouTube channel? Have you made a book trailer for your book? If not, what kind of book trailer would you like to make for your book? Do you have a video camera? If you do and you’re not posting short videos, you’re missing out on a huge marketing opportunity. It’s especially useful if you’re trying to reach a global audience, as 70 percent of YouTube viewers are in countries other than the U.S. If regular video posts are still on your To-Do list, what are some of the most clever video posts you’ve seen, and how might you do something similar to promote your books or yourself as an author? Be sure to give us the link to your YouTube channel.

POST YOUR LINKS

In order to qualify for today’s drawing, you MUST post your link on our Linky. Click the image below to access it. In the field that says YOUR NAME, you write your name AND the name of your post (not the title of your blog). In the field that says YOUR URL, include your link to TODAY’s post. Your post will not count for drawings and toward overall winner if you do not add your link to the Linky page. However, we still encourage you to share your posts on the wall for the Author Blog Challenge Facebook group.

Ever the cheerleaders, we continue to encourage you to read each others’ blogs. Today, make sure you subscribe to each others’ YouTube channels. The Author Blog Challenge works because you support each other by reading, promoting, sharing, and talking up the great posts you come across from your fellow participants.

Let the blogging continue!

Laura & Marcie

__________________

The Winter Author Blog Challenge is hosted by Laura Orsini and her alter ego, Marcie Brock, of the Marcie Brock – Book Marketing Maven blog. Please visit Marcie’s blog for loads of great info about low- to no-cost methods of marketing for self-publishing authors.

Winter Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #5 and Recap of Day 4

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Winter Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #5 and Recap of Day 4

Linking In … Linking Out … Linking Around

So how’s the Winter Author Blog Challenge treating you? Here’s my daily reminder: we still have more people posting to Facebook than to our Mister LinkedIn 2Linky. If you want to be entered for a chance to win the day’s drawing, you  must add your link to each day’s Mister Linky page.

Yesterday’s topic was LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site. Launched in May 2003, it has
undergone many metamorphoses – the most recent of which involved retiring two
of its most popular features, LinkedIn Events and LinkedIn Answers. Are you
using LinkedIn to promote yourself as an author? Does your professional profile
include or feature your writing? What is the best connection you’ve made
through your involvement on LinkedIn? Who would you still like to connect with?
Might LinkedIn be a good vehicle for making such a connection? What is your
biggest question, frustration, or suggestion regarding LinkedIn? IF YOU’RE NOT
USING LinkedIn, why not? Here’s a good overview of LinkedIn’s features. After perusing it, how MIGHT you use LinkedIn to help build your author profile? Is it something you’re considering? Be sure to give us the link to your LinkedIn profile.

I didn’t read a whole lot of posts, but the ones I saw were both appreciative and not so appreciative of LinkedIn. It’s definitely the platform I use least, even though there are some great applications for authors.

SNIPPETS FROM YOUR POSTS

Judith Cassis

(1) Social Media is not the path to heaven.
(2) A defunct LinkedIn Account will not close the doors to my writing business.
(3) There are other more important things to worry about; like my blog!
Read more here.

Nice reminder that we can sometimes get a bit carried away, Judith! LO

Jo Michaels

Don’t get me wrong, it’s great for business connections! I just tend to focus more on connecting with readers than I do with businesses. Those
readers are active on Facebook and Twitter, not LinkedIn. They’re not business owners. My target market doesn’t ‘hang out’ on LinkedIn. Read more here.

We can all take a page from Jo’s marketing book – the lady knows her readers! LO

LINKS TO ALL POSTS

Revisit the Mister Linky site to see links to ALL of yesterday’s posts.

TODAY’s WINNER

Teresa Beeman has won a REAL, physical book – a signed paperback copy of Depression Cookies from Tia Bach. Thanks so much for the donation, Tia! We’ll email Teresa with info about claiming her prize.

WRITING PROMPTS

Onward to the Day 5 writing prompt for the Winter Author Blog Challenge…

pinterest

One of the newest and fastest growing social media platforms is Pinterest? Have you jumped onboard? What kinds of images do (or could) you post that are related to your book or the topic of your book? What other kinds of images do you post? Are you linking each post back to your blog, website, or Amazon page? IF YOU’RE NOT USING Pinterest, what’s holding you back? Take a look at book marketer extraordinaire John Kremer’s Pinterest Boards. After perusing them, how MIGHT you use Pinterest to brand yourself and your book? Is it something you’re considering? Be sure to give us your Pinterest link.

POST YOUR LINKS

In order to qualify for today’s drawing, you MUST post your link on our Linky. Click the image below to access it. In the field that says YOUR NAME, you write your name AND the name of your post (not the title of your blog). In the field that says YOUR URL, include your link to TODAY’s post. Your post will not count for drawings and toward overall winner if you do not add your link to the Linky page. However, we still encourage you to share your posts on the wall for the Author Blog Challenge Facebook group.

As always, we continue to encourage you to read each others’ blogs. Today, make sure you follow each others’ Twitter feeds. The Author Blog Challenge works because you support each other by reading, promoting, sharing, and talking up the great posts you come across from your fellow participants.

Let the blogging continue!

Laura & Marcie

__________________

The Winter Author Blog Challenge is hosted by Laura Orsini and her alter ego, Marcie Brock, of the Marcie Brock – Book Marketing Maven blog. Please visit Marcie’s blog for loads of great info about low- to no-cost methods of marketing for self-publishing authors.

Winter Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #4 and Recap of Day 3

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Winter Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #4 and Recap of Day 3

Facebook and Twitter seem to make strange bedfellows.

Day 3’s prompt was about Twitter.

Are you on Twitter? Perhaps more than any of the other social media platforms, Twitter has developed its own language. Tweets. Twitterverse. Rewteet. Are you invested in the lingo? So how do you make a statement in 140 characters? Are you following more people or are more people following you? How do you decide whom to follow? Do you reciprocate and automatically follow back everyone who follows you? What kinds of things do you post? How often do you post? What advice do you have for those who are just getting started? IF YOU’RE NOT USING Twitter, go look at it (twitter.com) and either find your favorite author or put “author” in the search field and look around. What’s your take? Which tweets interest you? What would you post if you did decide to create an account? What’s the likelihood you’ll be following @AuthorBlogChal anytime soon? Be sure to give us the link.

It definitely makes some sense that a group that met mostly as a result of our Facebook affiliations tends to lean toward Facebook as their preferred social network. However, there were some great comments about Twitter. Seems some WABC participants have embraced it much more than others.

Twitter Fail Whale

Grateful that we rarely see the Twitter Fail Whale anymore!

I realized as I was pressing “PUBLISH” on my own post that I could probably write an eBook on the things I’ve learned about Twitter over the years I’ve been using it. But even the experts need a nudge, which I definitely received from Jo Michaels, regarding the importance of hashtags. I seldom use them, but that’s something I will look to change in the coming weeks. Speaking of hashtags, thanks to Sandi Tuttle for sharing a link to a post with a great explanation of Twitter hashtags (#).

Mister Linky loves you!

Today, there were 14 posts on Mister Linky, but 17 on the ABC Facebook group wall, so we’re still not at 100% – but overall, we’re doing a better job with posting to the Mister Linky page. And it was the first day without any duplicate posts, which calls for a WOO-HOO! ¡REMEMBER: You MUST post your links to our Mister Linky page for inclusion in the day’s drawing.

SNIPPETS FROM YOUR POSTS

Fiona Strachan

I first started tweeting in 2009 as a way of raising the profile of my newly launched website and, having been sceptical at first, I started to see the benefits both in terms of letting people know about AdoptResources but, even more so, in connecting with other people and businesses, it became my virtual coffee room. I tapped into a supportive network of adopters and adoption and fostering agencies and I made some strong connections that led to collaborative ventures and good, real life friendships. Read more here.

Alana Mautone’s headline: Civil War Sunday – What if social media had existed during the Civil War?

Though I have seen the parody Twitter and Facebook feeds for various historical figures, your title, alone, made me laugh out loud. Speaking of laughing, you could probably use some levity right about now, Alana. Sending love and wishing you, your friend, her mom and her husband all the best at this difficult time of transition. LO

Read Alana’s post here.

LINKS TO ALL POSTS

Revisit the Mister Linky site to see links to ALL of yesterday’s posts.

TODAY’s WINNER

Very appropriately, Beth Kozan won the drawing for day three, a digital copy of Lisa Cherry‘s new book, The Brightness of Stars: Stories of Adults Who Came Through The British Care System… Thanks so much for the donation, Lisa! We’ll email Beth with info about claiming her prize.

WRITING PROMPTS

So we soldier on to the 4th writing prompt of the Winter Author Blog Challenge…

linkedin

LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site. Launched in May 2003, it has undergone many metamorphoses – the most recent of which involved retiring two of its most popular features, LinkedIn Events and LinkedIn Answers. Are you using LinkedIn to promote yourself as an author? Does your professional profile include or feature your writing? What is the best connection you’ve made through your involvement on LinkedIn? With whom would you still like to connect? Might LinkedIn be a good vehicle for making such a connection? What is your biggest question, frustration, or suggestion regarding LinkedIn? IF YOU’RE NOT USING LinkedIn, why not? Here’s a good overview of LinkedIn’s features. After perusing it, how MIGHT you use LinkedIn to help build your author profile? Is it something you’re considering? Be sure to give us the link to your LinkedIn profile.

POST YOUR LINKS

In order to qualify for today’s drawing, you MUST post your link on our Linky. Click the image below to access it. In the field that says YOUR NAME, you write your name AND the name of your post (not the title of your blog). In the field that says YOUR URL, include your link to TODAY’s post. Your post will not count for drawings and toward overall winner if you do not add your link to the Linky page. However, we still encourage you to share your posts on the wall for the Author Blog Challenge Facebook group.

And of course we continue to encourage you to read each others’ blogs. Today, connect with your fellow bloggers on LinkedIn. You never know who they might know that could be a feather in your author cap, too! The Author Blog Challenge works because you support each other by reading, promoting, sharing, and talking up the great posts you come across from your fellow participants.

Let the blogging continue!

Laura & Marcie

__________________

The Winter Author Blog Challenge is hosted by Laura Orsini and her alter ego, Marcie Brock, of the Marcie Brock – Book Marketing Maven blog. Please visit Marcie’s blog for loads of great info about low- to no-cost methods of marketing for self-publishing authors.

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