Facebook and Authors and Giveaway

Update! I’m a day and a half late announcing this, but random.org picked Sue Peace as the winner of an ecopy of the Paranormally Yours: A Boxed Set. Sue, I’ll email you! And thanks to everyone who commented.:)

The reason I signed up for Facebook is because it’s almost necessary for an author, but the reason I spend as much time on it as I do is because of my cat. I’ll be working on my computer, and my cat wanders in and jumps on my lap, expecting me to pet her for long minutes. She’s trained me well, and I usually do as she wants. But as I pet her, I switch to Facebook, and that’s when I do most of my social catch-up. I also watch a lot of cute animal pictures and videos. And I get to see videos like this:

I try to keep my FB promo down, but I’m not as open as some of my friends about what’s going on in my non-writing life. For one thing, I’d be so busy replying to comments that it would cut into my writing time. So it’s easier for me to keep things to myself. But I have to admit that some of my favorite FB posts from friends are when they share something from their personal lives. That includes some of the MM bloggers, like Sheila Clover English. If you’re a dog lover like me, she’s a definite must follow. But she’s also a must follow because she’s so interesting.

Another MM blogger to follow is Amy Remus. Definitely follow her So Many Reads FB page to keep up on authors and books that she loves. But I also love her personal page where she tells stories, like how she was trying to call her husband on her son’s cell phone, which she’d never used before. The call wasn’t going through, and her son said, “Because you are trying to call Dad from the calculator, Mom!”

Amy, if you’re reading this, I want you to know that if the opportunity comes up, I’m using this in a book. šŸ™‚ And also through Amy’s Facebook, I found out that there’s a job title of Cheese Technologist! If I could be a Cheese Technologist and a Chocolate Technologist (or even just a Chocolate Taster), well, those are the only jobs that might tempt me to stop writing.

FB is also a great place for meeting and interacting with readers. And I’ve received private messages on FB from readers. I have a Contact box on my website, but I think for some readers FB seems more approachable. There’s a casualness to messaging on FB, so I can understand why some readers prefer it. I love hearing from readers on either place.

Another thing that FB is good for is Facebook parties! I’ll be participating in a Paranormally Yours: A Boxed Set Facebook Party next Monday along with MM authors Dale Mayer and Mary Hughes, plus 5 other authors. Everyone is invited! I hope you’ll come, so check it out and sign up!
Are you involved in social medias? I know some people prefer Twitter. Though I’m on Twitter, I’m more of a FB fan – most likely because of the pet videos. And there’s not as much junk promo as Twitter. What about you?

I’m giving away an ecopy of one Paranormally Yours: A Boxed Set to a commenter. I’ll announce the winner here on Wednesday morning. Good luck!

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14 Responses to Facebook and Authors and Giveaway

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi Edie,
    I like Facebook because I have daily contact with folks I otherwise wouldn’t get to see. And it’s fun to see what everyone posts! I do like the pictures šŸ™‚ Thanks for the shout-out!

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Hi Mary,
      My pleasure. And it’s true what you say. I have contact with friends in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Without FB, I would miss out on a lot in their lives – and their books, too. Except Michelle, since I get her newsletter. šŸ™‚

  2. Amy R says:

    Ha, Edie! Yes, I figure people can get a kick out of my silly stories on FB. Most of the time I forget certain people follow me until they see me in person and say, “I always smile at your FB posts.” Which then makes me wonder what post they are talking about? And then I get self conscious. But, then, for me social media is all about being well, social. I go there to read fun things from friends. I don’t rant on FB because who wants to read that stuff? So, for me it is a place where you hang out to be friendly and talk with your friends. I love getting to know authors on there. You feel that extra connection with them. I prefer FB to Twitter most of the time because it is easier to have conversations with people. Twitter is good for the quick updates, though, so I am on both. šŸ™‚

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Amy, I enjoy your posts so much. You should be a writer. You know the things that people can connect to. And I’m the same way about rants – though I don’t like them in real life, either. lol

  3. Sue Peace says:

    Hello! I am on twitter but don’t actually use it much, lol. I go on fb the most, where I sometimes find out things that I feel like I should be finding out in person, before the rest of the world, lol!! But I like it because I get a lot of author/book updates I’d never know about otherwise.

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Sue, I’ve started to subscribe to newsletters. I missed the June publication of a book by one of my favorite authors, and a week and a half ago I saw it by accident on the new books shelf of my library.

      I wasn’t even going to look at the new books! I was just there to return books. But I couldn’t stop myself. It’s an addiction! lol But I’m so glad I did. šŸ™‚

  4. donnas says:

    I have both FB and Twitter but I like and use FB more.

  5. I am such a hermit šŸ™‚ I actually do like twitter, but Facebook is definitely better for connecting to people who are interested in my books. I think I told you the model who was on the cover of Mistress of the Wind contacted me, and it turned out she was also the model on the cover of the Entangled anthology. It was great to chat to her, and it wouldn’t have happened without FB.

  6. elena k says:

    lovely post! I am more a facebook fan myself. I love to interact with authors and learn more from them! I also love to follow book blogs so I can stay in touch with all the news!

  7. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Edie,

    I’m so not a fan of any social media but I do Facebook on a non-personal level! That’s about all I can manage. šŸ™‚
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Skin is here! A special new release!

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