First, thereâ€™ll be a drawing for me to provide a critique of someoneâ€™s first chapter. I always enjoy doing things like that–contributing a little bit, I hope, to encouraging someone to keep on writing.
And then thereâ€™s our program. Our all-day speaker is Patrick Brown, the Author Program Manager for Goodreads, and he will be talking about how to promote your wok on Goodreads. I need that! Iâ€™ve been a member of Goodreads for a while but havenâ€™t adequately utilized it. I did give one book away on Goodreads once, and I receive emails on updates about people whoâ€™ve friended me on Goodreads, but I know that there are a lot of aspects of the site that Iâ€™ve never used, or have used incorrectly.
Yes, Iâ€™m one of those people who use social media, but only a few things like a page on Facebook–the â€œfriendâ€ kind, not the â€œlikeâ€ kind. I blog a lot, weekly on Killer Hobbies and monthly here at A Slice of Orange. This month, Iâ€™m also starting to blog on the 18th of each month at Killer Characters–or at least my characters are. Plus, Iâ€™m currently doing a lot of guest blogs to help promote my two new releases. And I post now and then on a wonderful blog thatâ€™s run by some delightful and talented OCC members: Writers In The Storm.
But I donâ€™t tweet, since Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™d spend too much time on Twitter. Goodreads, if I knew how to use it better, might be another good resource, though, so Iâ€™m really looking forward to learning more.
How about you? Do you participate in Goodreads? Will you be at this monthâ€™s meeting?
By the way, there wonâ€™t be a PAW meeting this month, and I usually look forward to them a lot, too. But thereâ€™s always March…
My New Yearâ€™s resolution this year is much as it is every year: I resolve not to make any New Years resolutions!
Iâ€™m happy to see the new year arrive. Itâ€™s a fresh start, of sorts. But I donâ€™t plan to do things much differently this year from last.
I do have a lot to accomplish this year, though, with all the writing and promotion I aspire–no, intend!–to do in 2013.
I intend to meet all deadlines. I intend to learn and implement as many ways as possible to let people know about my published work–self promotion has become an integral part of my life! I intend to work on some creative directions that may not fit the mold of what Iâ€™ve already been writing. I also intend to flesh out lots of fun new ideas for some of the genres Iâ€™ve been writing in.
Hey–did I just contradict myself? Maybe intentions arenâ€™t so different from resolutions.
One thingâ€™s for sure. Iâ€™m resolved to attend as many OCC meetings as possible, since interacting with my friends there helps to inspire me to continue. Plus, itâ€™s fun.
So, Happy New Year to you–and may you accomplish all your resolutions or intentions!
Iâ€™ve missed OCC! I was unable to get to the last two meetings because of family travel plans, but Iâ€™m in town now and am delighted to say Iâ€™ll be at the Saturday meeting.
Both speakers sound interesting to me. In the morning, Tara Lain will be speaking about blog tours–and Iâ€™ve participated in quite a few. Iâ€™d love to learn other peopleâ€™s perspectives about them. I try to utilize a few different social media avenues to let people know what Iâ€™m writing, and blogging is one of them.
Iâ€™ve said this before, but once upon a time, when I started writing, I thought that was all it was: you write, get published, and things are great from there on. It turns out that, yes, things are great, but thereâ€™s more to it than that. These days you write, publish and promote. As a result, Iâ€™m always eager to learn about other promotional opportunities.
For example, Iâ€™m participating in a blog hop tomorrow. Come visit my post at KillerHobbies.blogspot.com and learn more about me and this particular blog hop.
Iâ€™m delighted to say that Iâ€™ve signed up for the SoCal RWA Conference in March. Have you? I belong to two of the four participating RWA chapters and have for years. Iâ€™m really looking forward to this first SoCal RWA joint conference.
How about you? Do you blog? Are you going to the SoCal RWA Conference?
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