Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Meandering

It was a crazy busy week last week. My son and his family left Tuesday, and more family arrived (just for one night) on Wednesday evening. That was also the night I had my online launch party for Torn Canvas.

Wow, all I can say is if you're looking for a reasonably priced party host, you'll want to check out LovingtheBook LaunchParty. I'd sent out a request in some of my writerly groups to see if anyone wanted to donate anything to the launch. I had a phenomenal response, and Becca kept things moving really fast. It's the kind of event where people can drop in as their schedule permits, but many stayed the whole two hours. And she has gathered a following of readers who come to her parties, so it was an opportunity to meet new people online. I will definitely use her again.

On Friday, I had signed up for a promotional event in a sweet/clean romance group I'm a member of. Since I had Friday off, I chose the mid-afternoon time. Two hours I had.

Um. Yeah. Not a good time slot. If not for a few of my online friends who took pity on me, it would have been an epic fail event. And I spent HOURS putting together posts related to my different books and trying to create questions that would engage participants on a personal level and, hopefully, make them interested in the books. Everyone who came had already read them. lol

But, I have all the material, so I figure when I get over the burn no one being there, I'll have this stuff to use again when there might actually be someone there who hasn't read my books. Live and learn. Timing is everything!

But I learned a cool way to show excerpts on FB, as an image with an attractive border. Here's a snippet from a deleted scene from A Change of Plans:
The software is called PhotoScape, and it's a free download. 

So did you do anything fun this weekend?


  1. Sorry attendance was low. I imagine a Friday afternoon isn't the best time. Everyone is out and about or their brain has shut off. Hope you get to use the material at another time.

    1. Funny that other weekdays had been really successful--according to the activity on my phone anyway. Oh, well. Live and learn.

  2. Yeah I'd suspect friday would be a crummy day attendance wise, especially in summer. But live and learn indeed

  3. yep, there is usually nobody to find alive at the web during weekend

  4. The idea sounds great, hopefully next time - being hopeful that it hasn't put you off for life! - will be more successful :)
    Suzanne @ Suzannes-Tribe

  5. These are FB events? Didn't know you all were having parties over there (sorry, not on FB or I'd have shown up). But, yeah, cool graphic for the excerpt. Might have to check that out. :)

  6. I think it's hard for some of us any week day because of work. You were brave doing all the promotion around having family visit.

  7. This weekend was a blur. The last two weeks were a blur. THIS week is going to be a blur.

    Time to get new glasses, I think.

    I still can't figure out how these online parties work. I'm glad that one went well.

  8. I like the way you made the border for the FB excerpt. It looks great!

  9. That looks like a cool app for excerpts. I've been seeing online parties around and would like to do one myself.


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