Thursday, June 4, 2009

Thursday Musings

So my kids are out of school and summer has truly begun.

I'm not sure exactly where time is going, but I think I've been asking that since I graduated from high school. Anyone else ever notice how time speeds up after that?

I am thrilled that today I launch my brilliantly designed (Rae Monet) and distributed by (Karenne at Coffeetime Romance) newsletter! I saw the draft the other day and its wonderful! My sincere respect and thanks to both of these talented women who truly understand the promotion nightmares of the present day author!

If you'd like to see for yourself you can subscribe to my newsletter here on my blog,or check out my contact page. With each subscription, you receive instantly a little free gift from me to you!

Anyone belong to "Twitter?" I would love to have some feedback, both from authors and readers on that topic.

A reminder to take a look at Emily Bryan's new contest and check out her VEXING THE VISCOUNT. And on the topic of books, I just finished THE NAKED BARON by Sally McKenzie and it is a delightful read! It's been a long time since I have talked openly to the characters in a book--now I have to go hunt down the others in this series. Check it out!

Sorely lacking in my time to read (gee, I don't know why) I have only just had the serenity of mind to settle in and read Kristi Astor's, "SWEPT AWAY," IN the Lords of Desire anthology. As I told her, Kristi has such a natural command of the Regency and Victorian eras. Effortless writing, I found myself holding my breath wondering if the H/H were ever going to get together. An excellent read! Though I have read bits of ADDICTED by Charlotte Featherstone in its writing stages,(powerful enough in just scene samplings!) that one I am looking forward to settling on the hammock with and reading cover to cover. I feel very fortunate to be developing the Celtic Spice "festival" anthologies with both of these talented women. Exciting news in that direction coming soon!

So for today, I'm heading back into my writing while the house is quiet. And I hope today is as fantastic as each one of you!

Amanda M


Anonymous said...

While Twitter is cute, and a nice idea, I need to write. I can't be on my computer doing nothing but communicating with other writers who should also be writing. The whole idea of twitter is to spit out short little one liners to each other - but when it gets to be a thousand or more people, you may as well just sit your bottom down and write that novel.

If you are willing to use your time that way, I say do it!


Amanda McIntyre said...

I have to say, that is exactly my hesitation , Genella! Its hard enough sometimes to juggle what I have right under my own roof!
But I did have a PR person tell me that its beneficial when you are doing specific events and you can instantly tell people where you are.

I dont have facebook either, much to my chagrin. I understand thats beneficial as well.

Im sure these venues ARE benficial, but Im not sure Im technically savvy enough to add more to my life right now ;)
I maybe would for a specific event, but I couldnt chit chat.

interestingly I did discover a twitter post about a lawyer in Wash DC who'd picked up Diary of Cozette , who'd never read anything like that before and found it surpringly enjoyable...LOL

so it has its perks, I guess!


Amy C said...

Schools out already? My son still has three more weeks. The last week is all half days.

I set up a twitter account last year. Had no idea what to do next :). It's funny because I get people here and there that follow me and I don't even know why. I have never once posted on twitter! LOL Just another one of those time sucks, but apparently alot of people twitter! I don't even know how to follow what people are twittering.

I think your newsletter is wonderful!

Hope you got some good writing in today :).

Amanda McIntyre said...

yeah and we went late due to snow days!
We are starting earlier though next term--Aug 18 this year. I think eventually I could see a year round system with long breaks between sessions. Im not sure I like that idea though, but already a lot of schools are experimenting with it.

Pretty funny story about people following you when you havent Twittered ...a bit creepy, actually ;))

have a great weekend all!

Cheeky Girl said...

Hi Amanda,

i too was hesitant about twitter, but finally joined about 2 months ago. I agree with the above comments that some authors post WAY to often - I don't see how they get any work done! BUT, I love the updates from authors telling me about new interviews, reviews, blog posts, sharing new cover images, etc. It builds the excitement and let's me share that info with my blog readers very quickly!

On another note, I've seen my traffic to my website increase dramatically since being on there, since you list your sites.

One days I had a few tweets back and forth with a very big website in romance, and I had 60 new followers in 30 minutes and I was able to see how many peopel during that same time period clicked on the link to go check out my website. Out of 60 new followers in 30 minutes, I had 40 go directly to my site and check it out. Within just those 30 minutes!

So, if you strategically post things driving people to your sites, contests, etc you really can see a difference. I just wouldn't post my every move - I quickly unfollow the authors who I feel are wasting my time.

Hope that helps!


Amanda McIntyre said...

Wow! thats pretty amazing! Reminds me of what I tell my kids when they go out "Mind your manners, if you do soemthing you're not supposed , Im gonna hear about it before you get back home ;)" seems to have worked..sounds like a twitter principle, sort of!
Thanks for the insight! I may have to succumb;))

I just like the name!