Writers Need Media Followers

As a writer, I blog, I tweet, and I post on Facebook regularly. I have 200 followers on Twitter, but that’s more about politics right now. I have 450 followers on WordPress for my writing blog. I have 68 followers on my Roxanna Haley FB page and 14 on my D.L. Hungerford page. That page I recently had to shut down the original one because Facebook was making changes to their scheduling codes without telling anyone. I started this one but not many people caught that I was switching pages. I think I can merge them now, so I will see if that brings my numbers up. Continue reading “Writers Need Media Followers”

Talking Trash

NaNoWriMo has me typing my fingers off, so you are getting repeats. I selected this one based on the football-related graphics.  Enjoy! — DLH

The internet, especially social media sites like Facebook, open up a world where arguments run rampant and you might find yourself trying to defend a person or an idea for hours or days at a time. Why? Because the other person started it. And you are going to finish it.

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There are times when one steps outside one’s door, expecting to go down the street to the park. But something distracts you turn right and end up at the fire station. Such is the path of this blog post. I wanted to get more input on Romance Writers of America’s new Mentoring program. But searching for Mentoring brought me to a blog called All the Kissing. The particular post I landed on was written almost two years ago. But it is so perfect for this topic. I might as well stop typing and let you go read that! Continue reading “Mentoring”

Why Facebook?

I’m a busy woman who isn’t getting any younger or thinner or well-rested. My house is a disaster, my birds are longing for more attention, my dog needs more walks, and I have stuff to do for a bunch of groups in which I participate. So why do I spend so much time on Facebook? Wouldn’t I rather be marching for immigrants’ rights or vacuuming the living room again? Continue reading “Why Facebook?”

My Facebook Life

Back when I was a budding new writer, four years ago or so, I was told by published authors that Twitter is a place to meet peers and Facebook is the place to find your readers. So on top of blogging, you need an author page and regular posts about life, not so much about your books that are for sale. That same author demonstrated how to line up a week’s worth of posts scheduled for every day of the week. Me: I can do this! Continue reading “My Facebook Life”

California Dreamin 2017 Writers Conference Part 7

Facebook for Romance Writers by Lisa Kessler

In the interest of full disclosure, Lisa Kessler is a member of my RWA chapter and the best mentor anyone could ask for. Every time I turn around, one of the Moon series books is winning an award or being picked for a best seller list. She’s an all-around wonderful person too! http://www.authorlisakessler.com/the-moon-series/ Continue reading “California Dreamin 2017 Writers Conference Part 7”

Aching to Write

Writing is my drug. I write a lot of non-fiction just to have something going on. I rarely run out of ideas for blogs, and I love posting things on Facebook. That said, there are days when I am aching to write on my Work In Progress (WIP) and can’t because I need a blog. I guess I have two levels of my drug. One is the write anything but keep writing drive, and the other is the write the characters and get them into trouble drive. Continue reading “Aching to Write”

A Good Time was Had by All

When you get an idea for a novel, and you write that novel, and you publish that novel, you are only starting on your journey as a writer. You are now required to tell people about your novel. Lots and lots of people.

There are some good ways to do this. There are some bad ways to do this. A good way is to get folks to blog about your book. Another is to tweet about it. And about the blog posts. A bad way is to pay someone a lot of money to review and blog, and then not get anything back on the investment.

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Lucky for the six authors of The Bowman’s Inn Book One Spring, we found an awesome party planner for four hours of fun on Facebook. Author Elf has an amazing variety of services to offer writers who are just starting out and need a little help with publicity. Lisa Kessler was our elf, and she made things sparkle! http://www.authorelf.com/menu-of-extra-services.html

We had a few bumps due to my lack of understanding which direction the earth is turning. I got the party times backwards, so at the last minute we changed the times and that worked out nicely. But don’t think those four hours were all fun and games! There was some sweat involved.

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I set up my laptop next to my PC, and logged in once as DL Hungerford and once as Roxanna Haley. I attended the party as Roxanna, author of Another Shot in The Bowman’s Inn Book One Spring. I had a nice collection of cute animals in party hats to throw out, and lots of eye candy to share. Plus I was in charge of posting the excerpts we used to tempt folks into buying our book. Oddly enough, some people did not appreciate the tarantula or python in party hats. Go figure.

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In four hours, we managed to give away lots of swell swag (tote bags, tank tops, gift cards, bar glasses) and get all six story excerpts up. All the authors managed to be there except for Louise Redmann. Louise is our only author in Switzerland, and like me, time zones are not her friend. She was seriously bummed when she realized she had missed it all.

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The evil Lisa K. put each of us authors on the hot seat, and let the audience ask ANY QUESTION they wanted to ask of us. Most of the people there were cool, but some of our former best virtual friends got a bit cheeky. You can still read all the fun, it will be up forever, or as long as Facebook exists. https://www.facebook.com/events/1442272569407058/

We rocked the house for the whole night, ever our elf got distracted by all the eye candy, and we have sold a whopping 3 books since then! Okay, so the party wasn’t the stepping stone to instant fame that we thought it would be. But it was fun, and we’re looking forward to going again for the SUMMER book in July. It’s like a four hour orgy without the sex or condoms. And you can participate at home in your sweats. Sweet.

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Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Sunday.