Re: [scbwi-houston] How do you do it?
- Hi Erin,I don't have set times for anything, but I think a lot of people like to schedule a few minutes throughout the day for online things and it works out well. I check into Twitter and Facebook in the morning and now and then during the day, depending on what I have going on. I'm on Twitter a lot more than Facebook, but on days when I'm working a lot I'm not on much at all. Other days when I'm at home I'm on a lot more, so it varies a lot. Even when I'm really busy I spend at least a few minutes in the morning and a few minutes in the evening on Twitter and Facebook to interact with people. Also I have those apps on my phone, which is great for keeping up with when I have a little downtime throughout the day. Even when time is limited, I make sure I respond to Twitter replies and Facebook comments, and I take some time to congratulate someone on good news or pass along something interesting I've read. When I need to sit down and get some writing done, I have to turn on MacFreedom to lock myself out of the Internet, 'cause there's too much fun going on there and I'll keep checking on what I'm missing if I don't turn it off.My blogging schedule varies even more; I'd love to blog more regularly, but sometimes I just really don't feel like doing it and I can't think of anything to write about, and I don't want to force it. So I might go a month or more without blogging, but this week I've blogged three times, which is really unusual. But it's not every week you come across a carpeted car decorated with animal skulls.Something Cynthia Leitich Smith says is "Don't let becoming an author get in the way of becoming a writer." Take the time you need to keep up with your writing, and do what works for you for the marketing stuff-- a little time each day might work, or you might find that less frequent, larger chunks of time are better.Good luck!LynneOn Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 3:12 AM, Erin <erin2frankel@...> wrote:Hi everyone,I would love to hear how you all organize your time when it comes to book promoting/social networking. Do you set one chunk of time a day aside or do you 'check back' frequently for FB, twitter, website, updates? Time is precious, and I want to keep the scales tipped on the writing/creating side and yet it is so important to get the message out. I wonder how all of you seasoned pros do it. I suspect a mindset change is needed- but you tell me. I am ready to be showered with tips! Of course that will require me to check back:)While I am here, could I rally your support? If you have a second, could you 'like' The Weird Series on FB. We are doing our best to help put an end to the cycle of cruelty and stop bullying. Any help is greatly appreciated.Can't wait for your time management tips. Let me throw in I that I have three kiddos and an over the top energetic puppy! Just wanted to help you conjure up an image!Cheers,Erin FrankelWeird! Dare! Tough! (Free Spirit Publishing 2012)
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2012 Random Acts of Publicity – FAQ
- ATTEND the 4th Annual Random Acts of Publicity event on Facebook. OR, LIKE our Board on Pinterest and add some photos of book conversations.
- Read the FAQ.
1. Who can participate?
Anyone who wants to help a book get noticed by readers. This year, we are focusing on Conversations about Books, either your friend’s book or your favorite book.
2. What do I do?
We know the basic Acts of Publicity are to BLLuRT or Post (see below). But this year, we want to focus on Conversations about Books. What are the talking points of the book you want to feature? How can you start a conversation? Are there behind the scenes stories that make the book sound more interesting? Do different audiences require different talking points and different conversations? How do you create online conversations? How often do you start in-person conversations about a book? Let’s TALK about Talking this week.
Basic Publicity Tasks
o BLLuRT (http://bit.ly/RAoP2011). The basic tasks for book marketing online remain the same, BLLuRT! You may also choose to do one of these tasks, in addition to starting a conversation.
1. B is for Blog. Blog about a book, the author or anything related.
2. L is for Link. (http://bit.ly/RAP-Link) Link to something about the book, the author’s page, the book selling page, anything.
3. L is for LIKE. (http://bit.ly/RAP-Like ) LIKE the book’s Facebook page, the author’s page. Or Add them to your Google+.
4. R is for Review. (http://bit.ly/RAP-R ) Review a book. Some experts suggest that books tend to break out when they get over 25 reviews on Amazon, GoodReads or other booksites.
5. T is for Tell or Talk. (http://bit.ly/RAP-T )Tell someone about a book. Your friend, a teacher, a librarian, anyone. Talk about the book—why did you like it? What excited you about this book? Why should I read it?
o POST. It’s also a great week to post something about book marketing, perhaps a personal experience, a tutorial, a tips sheet or a case study of book marketing. Put the URL of your post in the Random Acts of Publicity Facebook page for others to read
3. What books should I talk about this week?
Your Friend’s book or your favorite book. We are focusing especially on new books or less well-known books. Focus on a great book that not many readers know about.
4. Can Publishers participate?
Yes, you can BLLuRT about books, too. We ask that you focus on mid-list or new authors, those who could benefit from a boost during Random Acts of Publicity week. We know it’s your job to BLLuRT about the front-list, that and much more; as an individual working in book publishing, though, we are asking that you champion a dark horse during Random Acts of Publicity Week.
Random Acts of Publicity Week was created by Darcy Pattison (www.darcypattison.com), writing teacher and author of Prairie Storms (www.facebook.com/PrairieStorms) , as a way to help create an atmosphere of fun and collaboration in marketing books. It occurs each September, the four days following Labor Day.
Where Did My Novel Go?
I blame it all on Stephen King, his literary shoulders are broad enough to bear the burden. Three weeks ago, I went to Bar Harbor, Maine to visit my friend and talented writer, Terrie Whitten. A native of Bar Harbor, she immediately drove me by Stephen King’s house, complete with a wrought iron gate with all sorts of creepy things in black. That’s it. I was jinxed.
I was fooled into thinking everything would be fine by a couple days of sightseeing: Penobscot Bay and a whale and puffin tour out of Bar Harbor and the rest of the day at Acadia National Park. But that night, I got sick and 24 hours later, I was in the ER with a severe, acute gall bladder problem, which resulted in surgery. Gee, thanks, Stephen King.
When I finally got home, we took another trip to Denver to see my daughter’s new house, where the bathroom was stripped to the studs and my husband helped rebuild it, while I sat in a corner and pretended to write. Instead, I took multiple naps and just fiddled around.
And today, I am back at the office, ready to go! But my novel seems to have slipped a bit in my mind. What was it I was writing? Who is that character?
I asked for advice on the Fiction Notes Facebook Group on how to get back into the story and you can read their great advice here. If you’re not a member, just ask to join and I’ll click you through!
Coming this fall: 30 Days to a More Vibrant Character and Random Acts of Publicity Week.
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