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. 🙂 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!