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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Putting Mail Chimp to Work for Me

Newsletter ButtonOver the past two years, I’ve heard and read that I should start harvesting email addresses to create a list of individuals who would be interested in receiving specific information concerning book launches, releases and events. I was told by several individuals that it is one of the most valuable marketing tools at our disposal.

Still, I put it off. I had plenty of things to keep me busy (blogging, writing, email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), and to be honest, I wasn’t sure if a mailing list would be that effective.

After reading David Gaughran’s blog today (which I reblogged earlier today) If you don’t enjoy marketing, you’re doing it wrong, I decided 2014 would be the year I’d take the plunge and give it a try.

So back I went to Mail Chimp, the service many people (including David) recommended. Even Nimbus Publishing uses this service. I had signed up several months ago, but I got lost in the procedure, so quickly dropped it.

This time I was determined to figure it out and create a Sigh Up Form to generate a mailing list. And I did it. This afternoon.

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Thea Atkinson has a challenge for you.

Nova Scotia indie author Thea Atkinson has a challenge for blog readers. She wants to accumulate 100 followers by Christmas. With 68 already, it’s not an impossible number to reach for. She’s even offered an incentive: if the goal is reached, a random subscriber will receive one complete Thea ebook package. AND if she exceeds expectations and gains 200 followers of her blog by December 24th, a random subscriber wins the ebook package plus a $25 Amazon gift coupon.

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Exposure Time

I knew it would arrive sooner or later, but like digging out dreaded Christmas decorations, I had put it off for as long as I could. Then one morning I downloaded my messages and found the request sitting there, like a cat with enlarged pupils, ready to pounce.

An editor asked for an updated headshot to accompany my genealogy column, Roots to the Past. I had to face the music . . . er, the camera. After all, I couldn’t write forever with a picture taken in 2005, could I?

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It’s Hard to Sell Invisible Books

I’m a quiet person who likes to tinker around the house in the morning, write for several hours and drop a line now and again to see if I get a bite. I’m not one for galas, dinners or standing on a grandstand boasting about my book. But I’ve learned over the past ten months that if I’m going to stick around a while in this writing business I have to tell people I’m here and what I have to offer.

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My Indie Publishing Experience: The Road Already Taken

Over the past year, I’ve been asked by many people, both writers and non-writers, why I chose to self-publish my book Mystery Light in Cranberry Cove. My answers depended on which stage of publishing I had been in at the time. With the project completed and only marketing left, I can provide better, more thorough answers.

As promised in a post a short time ago, here is the first in a series of posts about my self-publishing journey.

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