Thursday, January 28, 2016

Tips for Terrific Tweeting!



Whenever I run across an interesting/helpful article related to writing/marketing/social media, I save the link in the appropriate folder. Here are links to 10 of the 25 in my Twitter folder plus one I just ran across today.

I use Buffer to schedule my tweets (writing/marketing/social media related), usually three- four a day on M-W-F, at 9 and 11 AM and 1:30 and 4 PM. I blog on those days, so I also put up a tweet about my blog content to post at 8 AM. Experts suggest one not tweet about oneself more than 20% of the time, so maybe every other week I put up a promotional tweet for one of my books. On Tu-Th-S I spent 15 minutes retweeting--hopefully twice a day. The schedule is workable for me.

I hope you can take away at least one idea from each linked article. Then, like the Pinterest ideas, you have your own customized list to help tweet your way to (writing) success!












Happy tweeting--and follow me @BigChiefTablet!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Playing on Pinterest





Pinterest is still new enough to me to be fun. I enjoy blogging, but it’s definitely work. Twitter is something I take care of. My Facebook author page and my website must be kept updated. But Pinterest is for play!

(Keep reading for some terrific links about using Pinterest!)

Some of the boards reflect my books, while others related to them in some way. Many of the graphics I’ve created myself, and some of the pictures I’ve taken. Other pictures have been pinned from other boards. Most of the boards I could add to regularly if I’d get into the groove (per my written schedule!) of adding 3-4 pins three days a week.

Ah, now that I’ve shamelessly self-promoted, here are the links I promised! You’ll find a wealth of information here whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned ‘pinner’.


Create your own personalized list of tips that work for you. If you only take away ONE idea from each article, you’ve richer by TEN!

Share your Pinterest link and any tips you have for making better use of this social media venue.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Is there an octopus in your life?





Social Media is an octopus! 
And it’s squeezing many of us to death!


However, I’ve decided to wriggle out of its tentacles and--to that end--set up a schedule to keep me on task.

First, I had to decide which social media venues I wanted to concentrate on and came up with

Blogging
 Twitter
Facebook Author Page
Pinterest



Why these four?

  • ·        Well, I’m a writer, I enjoy writing, and I’ve been blogging for a long time. And three times a week is doable for me. Therefore, I blog. I like to have a monthly theme, but sometimes the theme only runs for a couple of weeks. I keep a separate calendar to plan my blogs and also a notebook with lists of past blogs which might be re-born at some point in time.

  • ·        Twitter is a nice shortcut. (Follow me @BigChiefTablet). Using Buffer, I schedule four tweets on the same days I blog (M-W-F) and add a “blog tweet” on each of those days. On Tuesday and Thursday (and sometimes Saturday) I spend 10-15 minutes re-tweeting/replying to tweets.

  • ·        Most days, I re-post 1 or 2 older tweets to my FB author page. Twitter was posting my tweets to both my personal page and my author page, but all of a sudden, the author page came up empty of tweets. I’m still trying to figure out why.  Canva is a great app for making eye-catching visuals. I like to do at least one per day. Right now I’m using pictures sent to me monthly by Morgue File (no attribution required) and adding quotes about writing and writers.

  • ·       
    Pinterest is just plain fun! I have four new pins scheduled on T-T-S and a new board once a month. However, I’m still working on getting into the groove with this one!


Finally, I’ve scheduled a day once a month to update my website. It’s done for January! And, there’s a sneak peek/free read of my newest release, Four Summer Days for a limited time. (It’s available now at Amazon, too!)

Now that I’ve shamelessly self-promoted (and shared a few ideas about how I’m trying to tame the social media octopus in my life), how do YOU organize your social media time?


Thursday, January 21, 2016

A Grand Ghostly Finish to a Haunting Week



From January 2010 at The Word Place, here’s a haunting blog! It’s not full of fascinating stories like the ones you just read from Tui Snider and Shelly Tucker, but if you’re a writer who loves to insert a little ghostly matter into your books--or if you just enjoy reading about the unexplained--you’ll find something here. 

I’ve said it before—everybody likes a good ghost story! So in today’s Resources for Writers, you’ll find the names of some books about, as well as links to places to find such stories. Whether you just want to read for entertainment, or whether you’re looking for information to incorporate in a story, the resources below are only the tip of the iceberg.
Books
  1. Ghosts: True Encounters with the World Beyond (Hans Holzer)
  2. Haunted Places: The National Directory: Ghostly Abodes, Sacred Sites, UFO Landings, and Other Supernatural Locations (Dennis William Hauck)
  3. Haunted Inns of the Southeast (Sheila Turnage)
  4. The Field Guide to Ghosts and Other Apparitions (Field Guide to the Unknown) (Hilary Evans)
  5. The Ghostly Gazetteer: America’s Most Fascinating Haunted Landmarks (Arthur Myers)
  6. Haints, Witches, and Boogers: Tales from Upper East Tennessee (Charles Edwin Price)
  7. Oldest Ghosts: St. Augustine Haunts (Karen G. Harvey)
  8. The Granny Curse and Other Ghsots and Legends from East Tennessee (Janet Barnet)
  9. Ghostly Encounters: True Stories of America’s Haunted Inns and Hotels (Frances Kermeen)
  10. Haunt Hunters Guide to Florida (Joyce Elson Moore)
  11. Coast to Coast Ghosts: True Stories of Hauntings Across America (Leslie Rule)
  12. Ghosts of St. Augustine (Dave Lapham)
  13. Haunted Jonesborough (Charles Edwin Price)
  14. Savannah Spectres and Other Strange Tales (Margaret Wayt DeBolt)
  15. Mountain Ghost Stories and Curious Tales of Western North Carolina (Randy Russell)
  16. Ghost Stories of Texas (Jo-Anne Christensen)
  17. Haunted Theatres (Barbara Smith)
  18. The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits (Rosemary Ellen Guiley)
  19. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Ghosts and Hauntings (Tom Ogden)
  20. Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Ghostly Locales from Around the World (Jeff Belanger)
Don’t forget to check out Tui’s and Shelly’s books (they’re linked on the two previous blogs)!
Links to Websites of Interest
http://www.prairieghosts.com/whitechapel.html   White Chapel Press/ Books on American History and Hauntings Since 1993
http://www.moneymaker.com/ghosts/ghstbk1.htm  Books about Nevada Ghost towns and mining camps
           
 Happy haunting...er, hunting for information! And before you leave. . .

I can’t resist a good ghost story or local tour when I’m traveling. Nor can I resist slipping  a little spooky tidbit into most of my books.

In the second book of the Penelope series, The Stubborn Schoolhouse Spirit, you’ll find some hair-raising haunts from the checkered past of Amaryllis, Arkansas. Of course, you have to read book 1 first to get acquainted with Penelope and her mystery man Sam--but The Bogus Biker is always a bargain at 99 cents, so check it out!


The Dreamland Series is built around some strange, even ghostly-goings-ons in tiny Dreamland, Arkansas. Again, book 1, Lethal Legacy in Dreamland, is a tempting 99 cents. (What is the ghost of Al Capone doing in the building Trixie inherited from her grandfather?)