Where is my tribe?
Social media is an interesting thing - some people love it, some people hate it. I get both points of view but at least for now it isn't going away.
I'm on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn . I find each of these has a place.
I'm not entirely sure I'm using Twitter properly and I'm quite certain I'm not making the most of the other three. It's a little bit like I'm standing in the library and I know the perfect book is inside but no one has taught me how the books are catalogued so I'm wandering around a lot scratching my head. I do find what I need usually but I'm sure there's more that I could utilize if I only knew how.
Facebook however I feel like I get. you all know I have a Facebook author page but that's not what I'm here to talk about today.
Today I'm talking about Facebook Groups and how great they are for writers. There are two sorts of Facebook groups that authors can utilize groups the first is where other writers (and sometimes readers) of your genre or with similar interest gather to support each other and share information. The second are groups where authors can promote their books to readers.
Let's talk about the first and what invaluable resources they are. I'm a member of several groups and the sorts of information and support available varies. What you need will determine what groups are good for you.
For instance I started the #1000wordsaday Facebook group. We have just shy of 250 members whose aim is to write #1000wordsaday. Pretty simple. We start a daily thread and share our numbers and cheer each other on. Writing can be lonely having people who "get you" makes it less so. That's all that group does. And that's enough.
I'm a member of several other groups for romance authors, indie authors, chicklit authors, #NaNoWriMo and they provide a variety of opportunities and information depending on the group but here are some examples:
- People will help you pick your next book cover
- Recommend promotional opportunities
- Put together a short story collection or box set
- Help you write your blurb
- Cross-promote your book
- Run an online party
- BETA read your books
- Help you if you're having issues with uploading a book
- Marketing advice
You get the idea right? Depending on the group, where you are on your journey and what you need to know you can find people to help you. That's pretty cool.
A note of caution - not all groups are created equally and some of the people in some groups can be negative at best and nasty at worst. I don't stay in those groups. I do not engage. So there can be some trial and error but I've met lovely supportive writers from all over the globe this way and the advice I've received is priceless.
The second lot of groups are pretty much groups where readers go to find new release, free and discount books. Again these are not all created equally and some are populated almost entirely with other authors and some are populated with people who like to share porn so choose wisely. They really can help you sell books if you know which ones to choose.
Erin Taylor is a hard-working journalist with a serious TV addiction and lack of a social life. She's focused on her career and determined to leave her tiny cubicle behind for a fabulous corner office! But when a new co-worker, a friendship drama, and a hot workplace crush collide, Erin finds it harder and harder to focus. Especially when that crush on the oh-so-yummy Aiden Thomas starts to materialize into what feels like a magical relationship. Erin's life seems to finally be heading in the right direction...until suddenly friends aren't such great friends after all, her magical relationship hits a bumpy road, and her career could be derailed by it all. Erin learns a lesson the hard way: Sometimes people aren't who they seem to be. With her happiness on the line, can Erin rise above her disappointments and create the life she's always dreamed of or will she be stuck being Friends ForNever?
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Melissa graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications; she has always had a love for writing. An avid journal keeper, she took her creativity to the next level by fulfilling her dream with her debut novel, An Event to Remember . . . Or Forget. Since then, she has written and published four more novels, Wedding Haters, See You Soon Broadway, Not Quite Sheer Happiness, and Friends ForNever.
Melissa resides in Florida, with her husband and young daughter. When she isn't writing, this multi-tasking master organizer is busy being a mother, wife, chauffeur, PTA President, and Fitness Trainer.
When she has free time, she enjoys traveling, running, fitness, fashion, and taking a Disney Cruise every now and then.
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Can you even believe it is July? No really, can you? I just can't.
I used to believe that old adage "time flies when you're having fun" but this year has been boring at best and craptastic at worst for me - depending on the day, and I still can't believe it's half-done. So I guess time waits for no man or woman to get herself together and start moving forward. Good to know.
It's summer of course where many of my readers are but it is winter here in Sydney and I am just not a winter girl. I like my sun shining, my breezes warm and my toes not frozen thanks very much. I'm lucky I don't live in Norway or Wisconsin because I for sure would suffer from seasonal depression and I really feel for those people who have to endure long, dark winters.
Really here in Australia we are very lucky that our climate is so mild. On the other hand where I live half the people don't have decent heating and most of the cafe's are designed as if the temperature was never below about seventy-five degrees or the mid-twenties in celsius so venturing outside can be chilly.
Still this is good writing weather.
I am about to send book 5 in the Upper Crust Series off to the editor. I'm a bit behind but it's coming and Book 6 is rady to go behind it. I also have a Christmas novella ready to be edited and I have a story going in a New Year's multi-author box set so there will be a few new releases from me in the latter part of the year. Oh and I have a Valentine's novella ready to go too.
A few people have said The Upper Crust Series needs a seventh book to tie up all the loose ends so I better get working on that as well.
Meanwhile I have started a new series I'm really excited about and I hope my readers will be too. I'm writing the first two books simultaneously (I do like a challenge) and I'm going to be pitching it to a few traditional publishers and if they're not keen that series will start releasing in 2017.
I always feel like I'm marking time but I guess maybe I'm zig-zagging rather than running on the spot.
And if you do like my Upper Crust Series all the books are on sale now so....pop over to Amazon and grab yourself copies while they're a bargain. Author.to/MoniqueMcDonell
I am a writer of light-hearted contemporary women's fiction.
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