Saturday, 4 February 2012

Tweeting the Bluebird

It's confession time; I have an addiction.  It started out innocently enough.  A friend recommended I try twitter and always being open to new things, I signed up.

I still remember the writer who gave me my first follow; I was hooked, clicking the follow button until my tweet finger ached.  And I wasn't choosy, oh no, I just kept on clicking.  Then one day, Twitter advised I had reached my follow limit - something about a balance between followers and following.  What a crash.  Still wanting all those tweets but having no say in the matter, I began my withdrawal, slowly but surely hitting the unfollow button. 

My sadness didn't last long however because, lo and behold, pruning and weeding led to an abundance of  much more informative, helpful and entertaining tweets!  Hooked again, but in a different way, I now chose with more discretion.   I withdrew from the numbers game of following and followers despite what people have said about building more and more contacts.

I have learned to limit myself and check in on twitter twice a day but once in awhile, I throw all caution to the wind and indulge my tweet hungry finger until it can't take any more.

How about you?  What's your social media game of choice? 

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Free Books on Kindle - good marketing or not?

Good morning everyone:

There's a controversy going round now among writers about free books.  Some claim a free give away is an excellent marketing tool, other writers say it devalues their work.

If you are published on Kindle/Amazon, you have the option of taking part in the KDP select program.  The upside of this program is the free library lending.  I've a huge supporter of libraries and shudder to think what my life would now be like without all those books I read from a very young age that taught me about life. 

The downside of the KDP Select program is that if you opt to join, you agree to your books being given away for five days during a three month period.  If you want to know more about how this program works, please check out Amazon's website as I'm only providing a rough sketch of how it works.

My question is for those writers who have opted to join this program, what's your experience?  Is it a good marketing tool or do you believe it devalues your work?

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

My First Interview

Good morning everyone: 

I haven't been able to post on blog for awhile (see 'A Life') but I'm very happy and honoured to share with you my first interview.  A wonderfully talented Canadian writer (sassy, funny, brilliant crime writer) Jill Edmondson was kind enough to ask me about writing. 

Please take a moment and check it out at her blog site:…