Link of the Week – Facebook Algorithms

December 26, 2017

Seems the rat race is getting even tougher for authors and any other small business thanks to Facebook’s new algorithms. Unless you are paying for ads (which are increasing in cost at a regular rate), Facebook considers many engagement posts, such as anything that requests a click or like, to be spammy. The social media giant “punishes” those pages by allowing next to no one following the pages a chance to even see posts.

Read more about it on K-lytics.

Link of the Week – Facebook Changes

August 16, 2016

CC - facebook- pixbaySocial media is always changing. Sometimes for the better, sometimes not so much. This week’s link is to an article on Facebook changes we all need to know about. Check out the informative piece written by Chris Syme at Digital Book World.

3 Facebook Changes You Need to Know About

Link of the Week – Facebook’s Message on the Down-low

April 12, 2016

Wow. How frustrating and embarrassing. Apparently Facebook has a secret message inbox. Secret to you, that is. You could potentially have many, many unanswered messages (and spam) that you never knew about. Potentially from fans, long lost friends, one of the Hemsworth brothers. Potentially making you a jerk for not answering.

This week’s link is an article about it on Hello Giggles and where to find this hidden stash.

I checked mine and while I had legitimate messages that went without a reply (so sorry!), there were just as many weirdos and ne’er-do-wells trying to make contact with me.  Potentially.

Have fun checking your mystery message box.

Link of the Week – ActionSprout

October 7, 2014

Thumbs upWe all know there is a vast community on Facebook. Droves of people that could potentially be your fans and supporters. I stumbled on an app that could help “engage and recruit” them. ActionSprout can “turn Facebook into your best email acquisition channel.” You can try it for free and for as long as you want.

ActionSprout is the key that unlocks the full potential of Facebook for your organization — to increase supporter engagement on the actions that you need, drive recruitment of new supporters, and capture their data including email addresses so you can supplement the conversation off Facebook.”

Check out the video for more.


Talk Back: Does Facebook make you an unhappy writer?

August 19, 2013

On my Kindle: Stay by Candi Wall

Talk Back – Tell us how you write!

There was a French research that came out not too long ago which showed that people who spent a lot of time on Facebook tended to be less happy and satisfied with their lives than people not using the social media site.

People tend to show only the best side of themselves on social media, and admit it, beside cat memes, there are a whole lot of pictures of exotic holidays, family graduations and other milestones, adorable babies and luscious meals from various eateries on people’s feed.

Seeing those constantly, made it seems as if our friends have these perfect glamorous and successful lives when ours is just, well, normal.

When it comes to writers, I wonder if the same is true. Seeing series of beautiful cover reveal, news of new contract sales, positive reviews and pictures of writers frolicking with cover model may seems to us as if all our writer friends are having this wonderful party of success to which we are not invited.

Personally, with almost 5000 friends, a big chunk of them writers, it can seems at time like that. While I toil away at writing my little chapter, Facebook makes it sound like everyone is having successes after successes with nothing but exciting news.

And seeing those statuses, I find, is both good and bad for my spirit. I noticed that when I limit my time on Facebook to a few minutes a day, seeing my friends happy news makes me happy and super motivated.

However, scrolling down for over an hour will see me frustrated that my career is stalling.

It’s all a question of balance.

What about you? Are you on Facebook? How do you react to gazillions happy news from all your friend? A tiny wee bit jealous? Frustrated? Or needed to keep you on track?

I’m curious, let me know!

Much love,
Marie-Claude xoxox


Paying the TimeKeeper – Social Media Debts

July 13, 2011

Song of the Day:  Breathe into Me by Red

I know I’m not just speaking for myself when I say time is at a premium. Whether you work full time, manage a household, volunteer, rear children, or all of the above, finding time to write is a challenge. Sure, I have all sorts of tricks I use to squeeze in some writing time. With young children, including a much too smart, much too active toddler, this is no easy feat. Still, the stories get written, albeit slower than I’d like. Darn it all. (raises arms above head and shakes fists in frustration)

But my job as an author doesn’t stop there.

With so little time on our hands, when, and how, do we make our presence as authors known to the outside world? What’s with all the social media? Shouldn’t time be spent writing instead of hanging out on the internet? I’d say yes. But unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way, darn it all. (raises arms above head again and shakes fists in frustration) Published, unpublished, traditionally published, e-published, or self published, we still have to market ourselves, our name. We have to squeeze a little more blood from the turnip, er, I mean, time from our day. I admit, I’m still working on this one.

Conundrum.  But here are some tidbits I learned that I hope are useful.

First, foremost and the most obvious, every author should have a website, a place all your own, a little slice of the internet pie. (Boston crème pie, if you please)  It doesn’t matter whether or not you are published. If your goal is to someday be published, you need a website. The website should fit your personality or the theme of your books. It should be kept up to date, not left to stagnate. Share news, links, and/or blog.

Now what?

It is essential to develop a presence in the world of social media. The two most popular social media sites are Twitter and Facebook. I will specifically address these two mediums. Many swear by these sites, and many favor one over the other. But these sites can be time sucks, especially when getting involved in a juicy conversation. (raises arms above head yet again and shakes fists in frustration)

So how do you manage them? I have picked up some advice and listened in on workshop over the matter.

Twitter is immediate. It’s like watching the ticker rolling at the New York Stock Exchange, complete with the excitement. The feed continues. What’s being tweeted now will be replaced by the next tweet.  Keeping up with and sharing in conversations, news, articles, and links can be distracting. One way to manage Twitter is to dedicate 30 minutes a day in 3 chunks. Twit, I mean, tweet, read, and comment for 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes in the afternoon, and 10 minutes in the evening. This will help keep you in the know and an active participator without bleeding you dry.

Facebook is also a constant stream of communication. It can also be the site a writer can reach more people and exchange interactions. A good rule for Facebook users is to add at least 4 bits of content per day. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine. You can follow the same time guidelines as Twitter. Allow yourself small blocks of time to browse and comment on other people’s wall, links, and posts. And always respond to those who comment on your pages. This is important when building relationships with readers or potential readers. Also, and this goes for any social media network, don’t blatantly self-promote yourself or your product. Yup, this is equivalent to telemarketing callers.

These tips can work for the many, many other sites, such as Goodreads, MySpace, or Kindle Boards, as well.

When time is lacking, you may not be able to visit all the networking places daily. Perhaps, allot yourself time every other day for the sites you may not visit as often. Only you can decide where your time is better spent. (raises arms above head…wait…I have control of this)

Do you Tweet or Facebook? Love them or hate them? How about other social networking sites? Which tool do you prefer to use? Let me hear from you.

Next up … blogging: essential or erroneous?