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.

Coming Soon

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.

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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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Donating a Book and a Smile

Diane Lynn Tibert
Expect the unexpected and you'll get caught off guard less often.

The writing world is filled with pleasant surprises, disappointments and moments you may want to remember and forget. Sometimes you can expect that something different will happen. Other times, when you’re doing something for the first time, you’re caught off guard by something that is done to you or something that you must do.

One of those ‘strange to me’ moments happened Monday when I hand-delivered a copy of Mystery Light in Cranberry Cove to my daughter’s school. It all began quite innocently enough. While picking her up for an appointment, I thought it’d be a great time to donate my book to her school library. The office secretary pointed me in the right direction and asked if the book she carried was of special importance to me.

“Yes,” I said with way too little confidence. I hesitated to say more, hoping I’d escape without fanfare. See, I really don’t like fanfare, being the centre of attention. I know it’s something I should get used to. After all, this business dictates that I meet others and show off what I’ve done.

Taking the plunge, I said, “I wrote it.”

That’s where a simple drop off turned into something more.  I was introduced to the librarian as the author. She produced a camera and wanted to take a picture of me and my book.

Gosh, I know I said I like old photographs of me, but I really don’t like getting my picture taken. Still, I took a deep breath, pulled my daughter under my arm and smiled. I smiled as though the librarian wasn’t going to steal my soul with that digital device. I smiled as if I had just been handed an award for my book. I smiled like I was never going to see that picture . . . ever.