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Linkedin? To What?

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I signed up for LinkedIn at least four years ago.  I find it cumbersome and intrusive.  It was the first social media to initiate contacts for which I saw no relativity to me or my work.  IMO, it is just plain user unfriendly.  Perhaps they’ve improved it, and I’ll go back to look again, but I have not liked LinkedIn up to this time

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March 4, 2013 at 4:57 pm

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To Tweet Or Not to Tweet?

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I haven’t tried Twitter.  I am addicted to Facebookl Twitter scares me.  The thought of learning a whole new way to interact online  — it would just be something else to keep me from doing what I want to do when I sit at the computer.  Plus, I don’t have a smart phone; don’t you need that? I mean, to get any good out of it?  I was happy just to get a phone with a qwerty keyboard 2.5 years ago! 

As instructed for those who don’t Tweet, I went to the website, but there this leg of the journey ended, because you have to sign up, before you can browse.  Nope.  I’ll wait.  I only this morning found out I can search for ‘authors’ on FB.  Think I’ll learn my way around that first!

But thanks for enticing me. 

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March 4, 2013 at 3:26 am

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Blogging by Experience

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My blog is titled:  I retired from infant adoption agency work in 2008 and started the blog in June, 2010.  I post my reviews of adoption related books, movies and television programs.  I have so far written when the mood strikes but I want to blog more frequently as a result of a blog challenge!  I keep a list of subjects I plan to write on if / when things are slow.

Initially, I double-posted my blog on FaceBook, but comments in FB unfortunately do not appear on the blog.  My favorite post (and the one that garnered the most responses) was “In a Fog. . .”  about a dream I’d had that left me pondering aspects of my adoptions work.  It’s also one of the shortest!

The most controversial was about a book by a birth father, which I also posted on Amazon. He read my review on Amazon, then began to haunt me on my blog. My point: that his story was important to tell, was lost to him when I said his book would have been better received had he spent time fine-tuning it; I could have been more diplomatic.  I learned that you have to write knowing the author may read your review!  And might misinterpret what you believe you said!

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March 2, 2013 at 8:49 pm

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Exploring Author’s Fan Pages!

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The concept of an author’s fan page is new to me.  I began research on Amazon to find some links to FB fan pages!  I think it’s a great idea, and as I get closer to publication of my books, I will set up a fan page on FaceBook! 

I visited the FB fan page of John Shors, whose historical novel Under a Marble Sky (about the building of the Taj Mahal) we read in my Traveling Book Club about three years ago.  I like the personal tone of his fan page; he is very actively involved.  He has engaged book clubs in developing his success as an author, and I can see how close he feels to his followers.

I also read Phillipa Gregory’s author page on Amazon, another author whose work in historical novels I am familiar with.  Not surprisingly, her page is more formal; she’s a more formal writer.  Although born in Kenya, she was educated in Britain and is a very prolific writer!  Her author page on FB is a little more interactive with her fans, but still, has a stand-offish air.

Another favorite writer is Geraldine Brooks, author of A Year of Wonder, about the bubonic plague in 1666 England, and People of the Book, about the restoration of a (real) Jewish book of ritual and prayer whose distinctly atypical illustrations are explained by researching the book’s history.  She deftly works between characters in three times:  the Middle Ages, WWII and today.  I can see on her FB Author page that this is a good way to build interest in upcoming books and speaking engagements.

Another world has opened to me!

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March 2, 2013 at 8:36 pm

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