New Facebook Page for Atlantic Canada Writers to Promote Events

During my book launch in June, I spoke with author Tim Covell about writing groups we were members of on Facebook and how we couldn’t cross promote author events. This got the gears in my brain turning and by the time I arrived home that day, I had a plan: make a site where events could be shared.

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Because Tim and I are in two Facebook groups that are unable to share news and events, I thought it might be better if I involved the creator of the second site, Peter Foote, to see if we couldn’t collaborate on this effort to benefit members in both groups.

Long story short: It’s done!

If you are a writer living in one of the four Atlantic Canada provinces, you are welcome to join and promote your events. These events may include book launches, book signings and readings, market events where you plan to sell your book, virtual book launches, short-term sales (my eBook is free for the next two days; grab it now!), con events where you’ll be a vendor or something similar to these.

To learn more or to become a member, go to Atlantic Canadian Author Events and sign up.

Diane Tibert’s Facebook Page

FacebookIn 2014 I’m exercising several suggestions given to me over the years for marketing, promoting and building a platform. One of those things I did, but kinda missed the shot with, was a Facebook page.

I have one for Diane Lynn McGyver, my pen name, but I’ve tried to keep that exclusively for her fiction only. The McGyver Facebook page limits my ability to write about writing and publishing in general and talking about my other pen name, Candy McMudd.

Part of the reason I waited to have a Diane Tibert Facebook page was because I wasn’t sure what role it would play. Now I know.

What will be posted to my Facebook Page

  • Shorter snippets of information
  • Personal comments
  • Quotes
  • Short announcements
  • Writing news
  • Links to interesting blog posts

I find a lot of those last things on the list: interesting posts. Sometimes I reblog them. It’s easy with WordPress; I simply click the REBLOG button. Other times it’s not so easy, and sometimes I’ve already posted for the day and don’t want to do another post. Then I move on and read more great posts and forget about the first one.

My new Facebook page will announce these great links with ease.

The writing news might be about something big happening in the publishing industry or a contest, such as the two writing contests hosted by the Antigonish Review, a magazine published in Nova Scotia. Deadlines are May 30th (fiction) and June 30 (poetry).

For more details about this contest and the link to additional details visit Diane Tibert’s new Facebook Page.

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Dislike Facebook-based Contests

Access Denied 5x5Have you been solicited yet? Perhaps you have and you didn’t realise what you paid for the right to vote for a friend or family member who entered a Facebook-based contest. You know, those ones where people submit something—a pictures or story or something—for a chance to win (fill in the blank) and then beg everyone on their friend’s list and more to vote for them.

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Making the Biggest Impact in the Shortest Amount of Time

Social networksA friend of mine is a little overwhelmed by all the things writers need to do to market a book in this ever-expanding, ever-changing publishing world. To be honest, I am too most days. It seems each month there is a new social media being toted as the next best place to…to find readers who will buy your book. Blogging, Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Twitter, Shelfari…and the list goes on

My advice to her was to choose two social media platforms and do a great job on them, instead of exhausting her time and energy promoting herself poorly through six different venues. Aim for quality not quantity. This is particularly important if you have never used a social medium before. Start small and slowly build a web presence.

When writers feel comfortable on two networks, they can branch out into a third if they feel it’s right for them.

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Versatile Blogger and Five Great Blogs to Follow

Versatile Blog AwardOn May 8th, Christi Corbett awarded me with a Versatile Blogger Award. Things have been so hectic this spring—with posts topics coming out of the woodwork and outside forces stealing me away from the computer—that I didn’t get a chance to respond.

The first step after receiving this award is to thank the person who presented it and link to their blog.

Thank you, Christi. Check out Christi’s blog to read her thoughts on writing and things that catches her interest. Don’t forget to watch the wonderful book trailer found under Site Pages.

The second step after receiving the Versatile Blogger Award is to tell seven things about yourself.

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Sticks and stones may break my bones, but . . . names can kill.

I’m a straddler.

The kids and I first used this term to describe people who drove on the highway with half their vehicle in one lane and the other half in another lane.

Lately, I find myself being a straddler when it comes to social networks created by technology (not social networks where people meet face to face: writing groups, community groups, Girls & Boys Clubs, etc.). When used for good, technology-created social networks rate somewhere between mediocre and great.

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