Posts Tagged ‘facebook’

People have been telling me I need an author page instead of just a friends profile. I’ve balked against it for awhile, not really sure what the benefit might be, and aggravated because Facebook doesn’t let the people who like your page always see it in their news feeds (they want you to pay to have everyone see it). But, it IS more professional than having a friends page. And there are people who might like your page who don’t want to get personal enough to add you as a friend. So I bit the bullet and did it.

Right now, I’m trying to just get to 100 likes. When that happens, I’m going to do a drawing from all the people who like my page for a signed paperback of one of my books. It will be winner’s choice of which one. So if you want to be entered into the drawing, go to Facebook and like my page. There’s nothing more you have to do to enter. 🙂

Lauralynn Elliott Author


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Looking back on last year, I can see so many changes, and not too many good ones. I lost my father, my brother-in-law had a heart attack, my mother-in-law found out some distressing health news, and I discovered I had diabetes, which had apparently been going on for some time. Other things have happened to friends and their families, not to mention the deaths of church members. But life happens the way it happens, and I trust God to sort things out, because I’m sure not qualified to do it. Through all the bad things, though, there are so many ways I’m blessed…way too many to list. As an optimist by nature, I believe 2013 will be a great year, full of blessings and happiness.

I hope that this year will be the year book sales will take off. There are so many strikes against us now since the market is glutted with SO many ebooks. It’s much different than it was in 2009, when e-publishing was still shiny and new, and there wasn’t as much competition. The key is to write good books, but you always have to find ways to help people find your books. This year, I need to focus a little more on marketing. I don’t believe in the kind of marketing that annoys people, but I need a plan. There’s a saying, “build it and they will come”. But you have to let people know you built it. I’m terrible at marketing. My cover artist, Anya Kelleye, has found a nice group of friends on Facebook, and she’s gotten some extra business because of it. I’ve been saying how much I DON’T like FB, but many people are finding it’s a good way to market without being pushy. Just getting yourself out there. I’m going to focus on it a little more and hope people will stop sending me requests to do this or that or play this game. LOL.

This post got a little long-winded, but it’s my first of the year. I wish so many good things to all of my online friends. And there’s a special place in my heart for my fellow ROWers. I feel so privileged to have met you all, even if it’s only a virtual meeting. Happy New Year to all of you, and best of luck for 2013.

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I debated with myself for a long time before I decided to post this. I try to never post things that are controversial, but I can’t get this off my mind. Most of you know I’m a Christian. But I’m not really offended by much, and I let most things slide. I’m okay with people using the “f” word if they want, although I don’t personally use it. Most words don’t bother me, really. I do have issues with people using God’s name disrespectfully, but if it’s on their own blog or whatever, that’s their right. I’m not going to preach about it. LOL. But I saw something on Facebook that offended me so badly, that my face got hot and tears came to my eyes. It was so offensive toward God that I couldn’t believe someone posted it. Now here’s the question. Since I’m likely to see that kind of thing again (I’ve seen other things similar from this person), do I unfriend them? I don’t want to make a big issue of it, but I can’t stop thinking about what I saw. I never want to see it again. I have friends who are atheists and agnostics, and most of them wouldn’t post that, simply out of respect for others. Would this person even notice if I unfriend them? I don’t really know them that well anyway. I don’t ever want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but this hurt me down to the core. I can’t unsee what I saw. What should I do?

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I’m a really, really easy-going person. I rarely let things bother me, but there are some things that just push my buttons. Here’s one of them.

I get really ticked when I get email from somewhere saying I can enter to win something (These are emails I subscribe to. This particular one was a pizza place.), and when I read the email or click on a link, I find that I have to go to their FACEBOOK PAGE to enter the sweepstakes. Grrrr. I don’t like Facebook. There’s too much junk on there. If you’re going to offer to enter me into a sweepstakes, why can’t you let me do it from your website? I like websites. They are shiny and pretty. FB is not. People are depending more and more on social networking sites instead of dressing up their website and making it user friendly. I get the social network thing, I really do. But it’s so time consuming to have to go to all these different places. I’m so busy! Make it easy for me. Link to your site and give me an easy way to enter. Don’t make me go to FB, sign in, then have to go to a place where it makes me “allow access” (that always makes me nervous), and THEN I can enter.

I know many of you probably love FB and don’t understand my problem with it. (My mother loves to use it to keep up with family.) That’s okay, we can disagree. I like Twitter, and many of you probably don’t. I just think companies are depending on social networks too much, and I just want to go to their sites. I want things to be EASY and QUICK so I can get on with my writing.

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