Friday, August 24, 2012
I’ve mentioned before about having my family spread out all over the country, and sharing pictures, videos, and notes on Facebook. As many people have pointed out, FB has become a marketing tool, or curse, depending on your point of view. I’ve always been able to scroll and ignore what I don’t like, so I haven’t had any moments of outrage or angst because someone pushes a book or product on FB. There’s a tool on it when you get nothing but spam from a source that enables you to block their stuff. I’ve blocked a couple of friends’ posts because they write their posts in complete four letter word rants which are neither funny nor impressive. I can still go on their page and see how they’re doing. It’s kind of funny in a way because they’re both women writers with families, who I know probably don’t speak like they post… at least I hope they don’t. :)
The reason for this post is a neat comment posted on my partner RJ Parker’s ad on Facebook for THE PROTECTORS from a reader named Jeanie. He has a much wider range of friends and followers than I do, and his marketing skills far surpass mine. Since I’m not a household name yet, any comments I get from readers are a thrill. If an author can handle the inevitable bad with the good, Facebook allows interaction with readers on a personal level I really like. Anyway, I just wanted to mention FB is not the devil it’s portrayed as. One thing on it I stay away from is apps and invitations to their extracurricular games. That opens you up to spam central. I passed 50,000 words in the third book of my YA trilogy. They’ll be titled DEMON, DEMON INC, and DEMON AT WAR. I already have the pictures picked out I want to use for each of the covers. I just need to work on the lettering. I’m releasing the PG rated LANCELOT at the beginning of September, and then LAYLA around Christmas. The DEMON trilogy will be released in March through August. I’ll also be blogging the link to my full page ad in Book Trailers Showcase E-mag in September for HARD CASE. They did a great job on it. Not much money on the horizon, but there’s at least some excitement.