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Good-bye, Facebook. I’m Hitting The Road!

I’ve pinned down what it is that bothers me most about Facebook, and it’s this: the lack of context. As a novelist, I work to build a reader’s interest one layer at a time, using a combination of actions (story) and context (backstory). Indeed, context frames every event and every character that finds its way onto an author’s page. It can be slow going, building that framework, but I think of the process as being along the same lines as building friendships. Most often, a friendship naturally evolves over time as knowledge is gained about one another through shared new adventures, or through the retelling of past ones. Is it all that different, coming to know a fictional character as one might a friend? I think of a novel series as being the equivalent of a television series, a way o...

TLC, Twitter, and (Very) Smart Marketing

Back in October, on the season premiere night of Long Island Medium, TLC decided to try a new marketing strategy, one involving Twitter.  A few days before the big event, I happened to catch the promos, and they advertised two things: –          a live commentary from Theresa Caputo during the premiere’s commercial breaks (it’s her show) –          a chance to win free readings from Theresa through a live Twitter contest being held during the show’s premiere. Thanks to the magic of DVR, I zip through a lot of the television programs I’ve recorded while logging miles on my treadmill, usually in the mornings. But for a real-time Twitter contest happening on national television, I was about to make an exception. Twitter is my darling. I am always keen on learning about new ways to...

Writing: The Importance of Word Choice in Translation

For those of you who are fans of Star Trek (or, like me, grew up with a brother who loved all things science fiction), have you ever fantasized about having communication tools like the ones Captain Kirk and his crew had? I have, and I find myself doing it all the more lately. Why? Social media. Daily, the Internet provides readers and writers with the opportunity to connect with new people involved in the book world, and to interact with speakers of many different languages. While I firmly believe that diversity of people, in every possible way, is one of the two greatest strengths the human race collectively possesses (the other is love), I do find diversity challenging when it comes to language. This is not because I can’t learn to speak another language; I can and do. The reason is bec...

A Writer’s Joy: Meeting a New Fan

Even as an adult I sometimes feel as if I am back in high school. Usually, this is a good feeling (I loved high school), if a little bit bizarre, considering that I’ve long since left my school days behind and moved into the working world. But, as I’ve come to understand, life is a series of overlapping cycles, of beginnings and endings, and what’s old is often new again. For example, deciding to write professionally, choosing Novelist as my new career category, was a decision that came upon me slowly. I loved my adventures in the business world and had planned a long and healthy future turning simple ideas into tangible products and services. As I suspect most of us have experienced, even the most carefully plotted plans have a tendency to be uprooted when stormy weather sets in. For me, ...

Blogging and Twitter: The Guide

Are you thinking about starting a blog, but you’re not sure where to begin? Do you have a blog, but its not getting many hits? Is Twitter a mystery to you? Perhaps, you’ve written a novel or opened a small business, and you want to find ways to use a blog to connect with a broader audience of potential readers and customers. Zero to One Million Blog Hits in One Year explains the basics of developing blog content and marketing that content on Twitter. This guide, written for beginners, emphasizes the importance of creating a marketing plan, networking in the online community, and focusing on developing a unique brand based on your novels or products.     Excerpts from Zero to One Million Blog Hits in One Year: INTRODUCTION “When you’re ready to start a blog, set a course for fun, ...

Twitter, My Darling

A year ago, I knew nothing about you, Twitter. And now you are the darling of my social media world. At first I was a little scared of you. Your reputation is one of unpredictable power, and I was worried, quite reasonably, that I would be lost in your endless seas. And then there are those hash tags – your courtiers – proving to us, time and again, the reach of your reign. “The other kids are doing it” is a phrase that has never worked with me, and I resisted learning anything about for you for a long, long time. Finally, the Godfather talked me through my fears and I gathered the courage to set my first footfall in your kingdom. A handful of steps later, it was love. A business extraction of the emotion, naturally, but when a person enjoys his or her work, I do believe an element of love...

Nice To Meet You

I am behind on my Twitter communications. …wait. What am I saying? I am behind on everything. Anyway, here I am, going through page after page of Twitter, looking for new friends, one bio at a time. I tried one of the highly recommended auto-follower programs for about two days six months ago, but I did not enjoy it. For me, the purpose of Twitter is to develop a community of “sometimes like-minded and sometimes not” people whose tweets, blogs, Facebook posts, and other social media I find interesting. There is so much to learn and, to my way of thinking, diversity is the first step in creating a balanced world. Auto-follow does not help me to accomplish that goal. It’s impersonal; and I don’t like impersonal. I’ll leave that to the spammers, numbers hunters, and SEO folks. If I’m fo...

Marketing: Quotes About Life

In honor of today being the thirteenth—a lucky number in our family—I thought I’d send out the next installment of TwitterQuest a little early. The only thing more exciting than watching the number of Twitter followers rise is reading what they have to say. Below, I have listed some of my favorite tweets from people I follow.  Each day, I find it fascinating to read the ideas, advice, humor, and the just plain bizarre from the Twitterverse. @HarmonyAnnEvans Harmony Evans “Alpha men with a tender side rock my world.” @sararomoli Sara Romoli “No matter what the statistics say, there’s always a way.” @MeredithMBell Meredith Bell “‘What a leader does now sets up what he does later. And there’s always a later.’ – Mike Krzyzewski” @infpwriter David Alan Johnson “Some people gaz...

Quotes Of The Week From Twitter

It’s that time, again! Quotes of the week from the Twitterverse. The only thing more exciting than watching the number of Twitter followers rise, is reading what they have to say. Below, I have listed the next installment of some of my favorite tweets from people I follow.  Each day, I find it fascinating to absorb the ideas, advice, warnings, and breaking news shared through the Twitterverse.  Please read on… @Cori_Rizzo “Kindness does wonderful things to a face. ~Dixie Doyle” @theladywrites Catrina Taylor Rudd “The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. ~ Bruce Feirstein” @Jabaldaia Jose Baldaia “We do not create a culture of innovation with metrics! It builds on the basis of values!” @UltimateVirtual Kimberly Wadsworth “❤ I Love You ❤ Are there wor...

Author Quotes from Twitter

Seeking answers to the question “Why tweet?” The only thing more exciting than watching the number of Twitter followers rise, is reading what they have to say. Below, I have listed the next installment of some of my favorite tweets from people I follow.  Each day, I find it fascinating to absorb the ideas, advice, warnings, and breaking news shared through the Twitterverse.  Enjoy… @SueCollier “‘Being an author is having angels whisper in your ear – and devils, too.’ ~Graycie Harmon” @Besz “Dear OneNote, I’m moving in w/Evernote. You’re cute, but Evernote’s hotter, goes everywhere and gets wilder daily. It’s not me. It’s you.” @PYOEbooks “‘For me, writing is exploration; and most of the time, I’m surprised where the journey takes me.’ ~ Jack Dann #...

Getting to Know Authors on Twitter

Seeking answers to the question “Why tweet?” Up until the time I opened my own Twitter account, @dcPriya, I couldn’t understand why in the world anyone needed this global email in IM form. What could it possibly do that wasn’t already covered by existing technology? Mea culpa: I get it now. Each day, I find it fascinating to spend time absorbing the ideas, advice, warnings, and news shared through the Twitterverse.  Below, I have listed some of my favorite tweets from people I follow.  Enjoy… @mjkanebooks: “I feel so naked! Went to laundrymat and left my writing notebook at home! Pen in purse but no paper! I’m going crazy, must write something!” @ktcrowley: “I may hold a vote on my blog to decide the name of my latest protagonist, since she and I can’t seem to agree. #div...

The Twitterverse

When I joined Twitter nine days ago, my motivations did not include an unyielding desire to rule the Twitterverse with poignant one-liners while inundating my followers with links to the most influential blogs, articles, and ideas in the self-publishing stratosphere. >I’ve since changed. Three days ago I experienced my first conversation on Twitter.  (With eHarmony.  Go figure.)  Anyway, it went a little something like this: Me:  Imagine for a moment that #eHarmony or #JDate or #Match let singles post reviews after going on dates with members. eH:  @dcPriya – …and they were automatically tweeted or posted on the person’s Facebook page… #eharmony Me:  @eHarmony If so, the Internet would grind to a halt with all the goosenecking going over at #facebook and #twitter...

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