Sunday, September 30, 2012

Musa Publishing Anniversary Blog Hop

Musa is turning one and they are giving away a new Kindle other prizes.

While you are here, learn more about my upcoming middle grade novel, THE LEGEND OF GHOST DOG ISLAND, coming out in November from Musa's Euterpe imprint.

The Legend of Ghost Dog Island

Moving is nothing new for ten-year-old Nikki Landry. Her fisherman father relocates their raggedy old houseboat several times a year in search of better fishing spots. However, their latest move has brought her to a mysterious bayou where she feels like something is watching her from a nearby island. But when Papa tells her about a local legend that something sinister might be living near her new home stealing the souls of dogs, she fears for her beloved beagle’s life. Join Nikki as she seeks to discover the truth behind the legend…before it’s too late.

See my website at Like me on Facebook:!/RitaMonetteBooks
While you are waiting for my book to come out, check out Cornelle DeVille's Lost in the Bayou, another great tale from the Louisiana bayous. Also vailable from Euterpe.

Remember, for each comment you leave on mine, and any of the following blogs, you are entered to win the Kindle Fire!  So start hopping!!!!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Drowning in Social Media

Drowning in Social Media


Okay, I know I’m not the only writer out there that is going under for the third time in the giant undertow of social media.

 I was told by my publisher that I had to get out there and network. So I put on my loveliest bathing suit and took the plunge. It was a bit cold at first, but I kept wading in further until my body adjusted to the temperature.

 As a non-swimmer, I floundered around trying to figure out if I was doing things right. I still don’t know all the tricks on Twitter, but manage to find new followers (just now reached my 1,000th.) I haven’t mastered the hash tag stuff. But I have made a few friends out in the Twittersphere that have communicated with me via e-mail, and/or followed me onto my blog and Facebook page.

 Now speaking of the Facebook Page, I just recently dove into that part of the waters. It’s not as deep there, since I already had lots of friends and relatives on FB, and they were very supportive by coming on over to greet me. It’s easier to keep up with other writer’s good news and repost them there as well.

 Now that I’m in deep, I have to admit a lot more of my time is spent socializing than writing. I just can’t leave a message from Twitter telling me "You have a new follower..." just sitting in my inbox waiting to be answered. Then I have to check out their blogs and websites to see what they are up to, and make sure they are not just trying to sell me something I’m not the least bit interested in, before I follow them back. Then I must thank them, of course, and perhaps re-tweet a few of their clever posts, or help them promote their books or businesses. We’re now Twitter pals after all.

 Then there are the sharks. I must mention the sharks. We all know about them. They direct-message you every chance they get, or send you messages that appear to be from your followers saying they saw you in an insulting video. Yeah, I know you get them too.

If you have managed to stay afloat in the sea of social media, and have any life saving tips, please let me know!!!
Otherwise we can just commiserate.
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© Kairat1 | Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock Photos (sharks)