Monday, April 28, 2014

How to Get Fans Without Even Trying (or Knowing You Did It)

Your mission, should you accept it, is to retry social media.  I did and am getting new fans every day.

So I've been posting things on Twitter and Facebook, so my pen names get recognition while I'm writing the next books (yes, plural).  If you look at any of my active Twitter and Facebook pages, you'll see that I'm putting out pictures with my own quotes on them, like this from yesterday's Andie Alexander page.

I didn't think they were that impressive, but it kept my name out there.  Turns out, people seem to like these pictures, especially if they're pretty or thought provoking.

I also put out quotes that I thought related to the genre.  Love and romance for Markee; mystery, revenge, and crime for Andie; Christian things for Eryn; and 'anything goes' for SweetTale Books (I'm not focusing on Paige Ryter or Kyra Myles for pen names right now, but will get back to them eventually).  I also found retweetable funny things to post, to fill up more space during the day.  I thought all these things were just being ignored.

Turns out, I just had to put the hashtags with a few things, and quote the 'right' people.  I seemed to have stepped into more than one fan club for a few of these 'right' people and am getting retweets and likes on quite a few of my pictures with sayings, funny things, and especially the fan club 'right' people quotes.  I'm also growing my fanbase, slowly, but growing.  Now to just get those same people interested in my books would be outstanding.

So if you think that social media marketing doesn't work, think again.  Go against the expert advice and see for yourself.  I post about three times a day, and used to do more, but it didn't seem to pay off.  Put your most impressive posts closer to dinnertime or early evening for the East Coast, or at least I found that to help.  That's when I put my pictures with sayings out.

Good luck.  This post will self-destruct in 10...9...

Have a great day!
SweetTale  Books

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!!!

Easter is a fun time, where family usually gets together for a wonderful meal, laughter, and Easter festivities. For our children, we'd hide adorable Easter baskets full of candy, books, sidewalk chalk, and bubbles.

When the kids were little, we'd put the baskets in easy-to-find places. But when they got older, we'd put them in the oven, on top of the refrigerator, and even on top of the washing machine in another room. Our kids would run from room to room, hunting for their baskets while we'd just laugh and laugh.

Eventually, they'd find the baskets, fill up on chocolate, and then get cleaned up and dressed for church in new outfits.

The entire day was just fun, even though the kids were hyped up on sugar and played with their toys all day long.

What's your fun memory of Easter?

Have a great and wonderful Easter!
SweetTale Books

Friday, April 4, 2014

Wow! Win a fantastic book! :) 'Archibald and the Fiery Furnace'

I saw bits and pieces of this book and have to admit, it's ADORABLE! What a cool gift to give to kids, too! Take a look:

Meet Archibald.

Hundreds of years ago, when Archibald was a kitten, no one thought he would survive. The tiniest of the litter, while his brothers and sisters got loving homes, Archibald was forgotten.

Sad and unloved, he sat down, determined to never get back up. That was when God spoke to Archibald for the very first time. He said, in a way only God can speak to someone inside their heart, where no one else can hear, “You’re not alone, Archibald. I am always with you.”

Archibald perked up his ears, but couldn’t see where the voice had come from. “Where are you? Why can’t I see you?” He asked cautiously.

“It would be difficult to understand unless I show you.”

“Then show me.”

“Very well. Close your eyes.”

Archibald closed his eyes where he sat on the hard dirt ground. He first became aware of his own breathing, in and out evenly through his nose and mouth. Then he felt his heart speed up and slow down.

God spoke again, “I created you, Archibald. I am within and around you. I preserve your life.”

The wind increased. It ruffled Archibald’s black fur and he shivered. He opened his eyes to see the branches of the trees around him swaying. A bird burst into song and flapped its wings loudly, flying away.

“And You are in the breeze through the trees and the birds of the air?” Archibald asked, astonishment making his eyes grow wide.

“I am.”
Join Archibald on his first adventure, as he discovers God's purpose for his life and meets Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Some say cats have nine lives, but Archibald only had one. However, while looking for his forever home, God placed Archibald in different lands and times to see amazing miracles that He did for His people. With lessons intertwined within each story and four included devotionals for you and your child at the back of the books in the series, these stories are sure to become a favorite. Each book also includes a "Find the Hidden Character" fun feature for younger children to look for as they listen. Included devotionals written by Karen Michelle Ricci.

See the Reviews and buy a Kindle or Paperback copy on Amazon.

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