Link of the Week – Click To Tweet

September 27, 2016

twitter-bird-1366218_960_720In this digital age, authors and entrepreneurs are tasked with marketing themselves on social media. Love it or hate it, Twitter is a big part of our society. In our community of authors, we often request that our peers throw us a bone and tweet about our latest book, a discounted price, a giveaway, or other general news. But even when we create the perfect tweet to share, our peers have to take the time to go to their accounts to do the sharing, meaning they just might not do it.

There is an easier way. Click to Tweet is so simple, there really is no excuse for not sharing. At Click to Tweet, write a tweet and the site will generate a clickable link. Once someone clicks the link, it will share your tweet to their Twitter status box. It literally takes mere seconds. Click to Tweet also tracks the activity of the link, too.

For giggles, here’s one for you to try.

See…super easy! And thanks for the share!

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 – Social Media Image Sizes

July 28, 2015

Depositphotos_20293747_originalHello, peeps. We are still recovering from our trip to NYC fro the Romance Writers of America conference. But never fear, I do have a link of the week for you. I nabbed this week’s link  off of a blog post from a digital web design and marketing agency called Raka. Check them out.

How many times have you needed to know the exact dimensions for posting graphics to your social media sites? Well, here is a handy go-to guide of dimensions for Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, Youtube, and more. Knowing the dimensions goes a long way when creating your own ads, announcements, or other marketing visuals.


Link of the Week – Iconfinder

November 26, 2013

This laptop icon came from Iconfinder.

Need icons for your website? Got ya covered at Iconfinder. And these just aren’t your everyday icon social media buttons, either.  Sure, they have those, but you can also find icons for shopping, holidays, business, media, animals, places, and lots more. And some of them are free!

Link of the Week – ShortStack

May 28, 2013

RF getty pancakesWant to customize your Facebook page with contests, videos, various forms like for your newsletters, run surveys, and MORE? Check out ShortStack. ShortStack can do all this
for your social media pages, blog, website, and mobile devices.

Check it out!

Link of the Week – weRead

April 2, 2013

Rf getty laptopThis week’s link is to a a platform you might be familiar with. weRead is an online community and virtual bookshelf much like Goodreads. At weRead, you’ll find reviews, get personalized recommendations, connect with others who like the same books and share your interests, join discussion boards, takes fun daily quizzes, join book clubs and more.

“With more than 3 million readers and 60 million books added, weRead is easily the most popular book site around.”

Go Ahead- Pinterest Me!!!

January 26, 2012

“Just as a good rain clears the air, a good writing day clears the psyche.”  Julia Cameron
By: Stacey Purcell

It seems the world won’t wait for me.

Twitter, Facebook, and blogging are social media tools that I’ve gotten fairly proficient at using. In fact, I have been congratulating myself on how I jumped into the cyber swirl with both feet and am holding my own. This coming from a girl who figured out how to make group emails about 2 years ago, is quite the feat! I’m very proud of myself although, if you compare me to Jennifer, I’m an antique relic- at best.

So what does the world do? It creates the next big social media push…are you kidding me? Insert big heavy sigh.

But wait! This one is fun. This one is easy. This one can be used sparingly or all the time. This one is called Pinterest.

The basic idea of this site is that you create online bulletin boards with pictures of items that interest you. You pin them onto your boards to create a visual picture of your thoughts, likes, dislikes, moods etc. The site is brimming with possibilities for writers!

This is wonderful way to include your readers into the process behind the scenes of a writer. Many authors I know build story boards to help them while they are creating their novel. Why not do it to also engage readers in the book as well? Pinterest creates a platform for you to add photos, music, video clips, and articles to create an interactive wall that can be used to illustrate your book. In an instant your characters, setting, historical research, and mood of the book come alive. For instance, my two books take place in Malaysia and Costa Rica. I could design a board for each destination. Jennifer writes pirate novels, she could include a board about the history and legends surrounding lost treasure. The possibilities are endless. Tantalize your reader, offer glimpses into your next novel or provide a multi-media way for them to connect to your current book already for sale!

Pinterest also has a “Pin It” widget that you can add to your web site and blog. This gizmo allows readers and visitors to share something they particularly liked from your boards with their own networks. This is especially true for book covers! I’ve looked around Pinterest for a few days now and have discovered many people have a “Favorite Books” or a “What I’m Reading” board. Wouldn’t it be great if your cover was on their board? This widget makes it very easy for readers and potential readers to share your book and take a look into what goes into the making of a novel.

What if you turned it into a contest? What if you had your readers create boards that had to do something with your book? Theme, setting, characters would provide terrific launching points for this. What if you had a “Create The Main Character” contest. For instance, Jennifer’s books are available on Amazon and a number of other spots. Her pirate guys are to die for- no really, I’m not kidding. Maybe her readers could create boards to illustrate what they think these dashing fellows are all about. The best ones could be shared and posted all over the place. The connection to Facebook and Twitter could make it go viral in the blink of an eye. By the way, the contests or invites to the story boards could also be listed in the author profiles on Amazon to instantly give a readers another way to connect to you.

I’ve come a long way in this techno world we live in and finally they’ve created something that’s right up my alley. I’m not only a writer, but I decorate, love art and music, paint, cook, sketch, and am a history and travel buff. This site allows me to indulge all of my passions as well as provide a way for my potential readers to get to know me and my books. You can spend 5 minutes a day or get lost and come up for air 5 hours later with Pinterest. I believe it has the potential to take marketing books to a whole new level- one that I’m totally on “board” with.

Ha! Couldn’t resist the bad joke.

P.S. See Jenn’s article below here to find out about her book and soon to be released novella! When you do, think about the possibilities with Pinterest…….