Thursday, February 18, 2010

Mardi Gras Thurs/Effective Social Media with Gurus

Mardi Gras Update

The winner of Wednesday's Daily Prize Drawing......


KELLY Polark!!!!!!!!!



I'm so happy for you. Send me your email and I will put you in touch with Marietta for your query or 1 chapter critique as well as a 30 minute phone call!!!!

To others, don't get discouraged! We have 2 more agent critiques to giveaway by the end of the week. Just be sure to Follow and Comment.

Important Reminders:
  • Follow Elana and me by 12PST/3 ET time tonight and automatically be entered into the Follower Drawing which will include a query critique from the amazing (and hilarious) Jennifer Laughren at Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
  • Comment today for a chance to win the last Daily Prize listed below.
  • Today is the last clue for the Scavenger Hunt. Go back and make sure you have collected all four clues (one in each post this week) and come back tomorrow to fill out the Grand Prize Drawing Form. Winners will be announced Monday.
  • You can still get extra points for the Grand prize Drawing. Click here to see what you can do.
  • The Grand PUBA prizes which include an Agented package that includes free marketing and an Unagented package that includes a query/3 chapter critique by my agent, Alyssa Henkin/Trident Media.

Effective Social Media - Blogging and Tweeting the Right way!

Today, I wanted to get you some information on Bogging and Tweeting (Twitter).

The last Daily Prize Drawing will be tonight. It will be a copy of Lee's ebook on The Zen of Blogging and a copy of the book Get Known Before the Book Deal by Christina Katz. So be sure to Follow and Comment today!

Now presenting......

Lee Wind, avid blogger and author of the ebook The Zen of Blogging.

Today, he tells us the top 3 reasons why blogging is awesome for authors. (To purchase a copy of Lee's ebook, go to his site.) You can also follow him on Twitter.



Also presenting...

Greg Pincus, Social Media Guru who speaks at conference as well as runs several great blogs. His writing blog, GottaBook and his social media blog, The Happy Accident. You can also follow him on Twitter for some great social media advice.

Today, he tells us about the Golden Rules of Twitter.

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Hope that was helpful!

Thanks to Lee and Greg for taking the time to do the Vlogs!

Clue #4 is the word "Now."



82 comments:

Kelly said...

You have no idea how excited I am, Shelli!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!
I'm thrilled and nervous and jumping up and down!

Kelly said...

Now that I've calmed down, I checked out Lee's and Greg's vlogs! Loved their insights on blogging and twitter!

Elana Johnson said...

Such great advice! I have Christina Katz's book and it is fabulous. :) I've LOVED this week Shelli!

Elana Johnson said...

Oh, and congrats Kelly!!

Vicky Alvear Shecter said...

This post is great. I love their vids--short and sweet and full of good advice.

Stephanie McGee said...

Great advice.

How about doing a post on finding listservs? And other such things? (I'm completely clueless about the things mentioned in these vlogs.)

susiej said...

Congrats Kelly! (smiling through sobs- I really wanted that crit with Marietta).

Thanks Greg! Its so cool to see you move and hear your voice after following your tweets.

Kimberly Lynn said...

Never underestimate the power of blogging. Search engines will put you in touch with people who share the same interests, whether it happens to be a student researching sea turtles or a fellow children’s book writer. I’ve met some very interesting people over the years! I haven’t braved Twitter yet, though.

Congrats, Kelly!!!!

Agyw said...

I loved the stuff Lee did at SCBWI, LA, and he's wonderful! I will check out Greg in a few, I have to get to work for a deadline, and truthfully, I have to rearrange my brain for Twitter. Despite some wonderful friends who love it, I confess the old fogey/procrastinator in me has avoided this phenomenon. So two more cups of joe and I come here with an open mind and heart. Shelli this has been a great series, and I appreciate your running it!

Amie McCracken said...

Good advice.

I'm following you and Elena.

Amie McCracken
www.iamalivephotos.blogspot.com

Tami said...

A double shot. Thanks Shelli!

beth said...

Neat! I'm still working on the effectiveness of Twitter...

JenSwan03 said...

Thanks for the great advice, Greg and Lee! I am getting so much info from this one week, I have to take all this weekend to digest it. Where to start? Thanks for doing this Shelli!

Jennifer

Alison Eckel said...

I think my favorite of Lee's three reasons to blog is community. I love getting online and knowing there are people out there like me, going through the same things I am!

Falen said...

congratulations Kelly!
I love this week long contest - it's so exciting!

Serenissima said...

Great clips Lee and Greg! I so want today's prize!

Shari said...

Excellent advice, especially for me who only blogs occasionally and is new to the tweeting world. Thanks!

Anissa said...

Love the blogging tips. The online writing community is fabulous!

Patti said...

Great advice on blogging and twittering, although I'm still not a twitter fan. Congrats to Kelly

Marybeth Poppins said...

Congrats Kelly! And what wonderful advice :)

Gregory K. said...

Thanks for letting me join in the Mardi Gras celebration, Shelli.

And yes, Susie, it's nice on this end, too, to move and speak instead of just type!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

"Blogging is awesome for authors"--Lee Wind.
And that was a great pep talk, thank you!
Congrats to Kelly! (and serious envy here. What a prize!)

Robyn Campbell said...

Congrats to Kelly!!

I love this advice. Nice, easy to follow, very much needed instruction.

I bet the book by Christina Katz is super. It's on my list of books to buy, that's for sure.

Thank you Lee and Greg. =)

And thanks to Shelli!! Great week. On to the scavenger hunt. (^_^)

Karen said...

Yet another great post. I will be so sad to see this week of awesomeness end. :)

Kayeleen said...

It's great to have a reminder of why a good blog is a good asset. Thanks for the vlogs!

laurapauling said...

Congratulations Kelly!!! That's awesome.

And Shelli, the information this week has been awesome. Thanks.

Valerie Ipson said...

Thanks! Such great information!

Scott said...

Woo-hoo Kelly!!

And Shelli . . . thanks for more great advice.

Corey Schwartz said...

This Mardi Gras week has been awesome, Shelli!

Dreamstate said...

I agree with Elana. This has been such a fun week. Thanks Shelli!

Solvang Sherrie said...

Congrats Kelly! That's a fabulous prize!

Love the vlogs :)

Kristi said...

Great interviews this week Shelli -- thanks so much! Also, this is the first Scavenger Hunt I've actually been able to complete. :)

Christina Lee said...

FANTASTIC GREG!!

And congrats, Kelly (not envious of that critique and phone call AT ALL--oh who am I kidding, I wanted it BAD!!!) ;)

Jennie Englund said...

This is so fun -- and useful!

Love the suspense, the clues...

And Lee's shirt!

JenE said...

I'm still lost when it comes to Twitter. :)
This has been a great set of posts this week! Thanks!

Laurie said...

Thanks, Shelli—what a great idea to post the vlogs. Terrific information from Lee and Greg. Thanks for sharing!

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

What a fantastic week this has been!

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

the week's not over yet people! Tomorrow is a BIG day. Gear up! :)

Tiffany Neal said...

Okay, so I started blogging a couple of weeks ago, and I am loving it!! It's not only helpful, but another great way to network and just WRITE!

One of my crit partners made me, err, suggested I do Twitter. So, I set up my account. I have no clue why Twitter is so hard for me to get, but I am going to work hard to get there soon!!

I am so not an idiot, but I actually called it Tweeter on my blog last night. Sigh.

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

Tiffany - I used to say "I twit". Duh? I would say focus on one thing or the other for now since you are just dipping your toe in the water. Wait until one establishes before you start the other.

All - for those new followers. bear with me. I plan to come and visit your blogs next week. This contest is taking up most my free time. Just know I appreciate all my new blogger friends and of course, am devoted to all my oldies too :)

Victoria Dixon said...

Whether I win or not, thank you so much for doing this, Shelli! I've learned so much this week from you and your guest bloggers (and I've found a few bloggers of interest, too!) I'm still trying to "digest" all of it. ;D

Rebecca Knight said...

This week long party is THE BEST :D. Thanks for all of the wonderful advice!

Victoria Dixon said...

BTW, Shelli. I tried to find you on Facebook, but all I found was a "Be Your Fan" (signed up, thank you very much) but I'm not sure that's what you wanted?

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Thanks Shelli, Lee, and Alex! I loved Lee's comment about practicing your voice in your blog. So true. I'm just starting to figure out Twitter, but I get totally confused with YALITCHAT. I feel like I'm following five different conversations at once while suffering from memory lost.


Thanks for the fun week, Shelli. I can't believe it's already over. :(

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Wow, excellent contest!

And great tips on blogging and twitter. Loved the video presention, 1 minute to blogging! Short, sweet, and packed with great info--and pretty cool sound effects to boot ;)

As a Twitter follower of Greg's, I know that he practices what he preaches.

Great post!

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

Victoria - you can either be a fan or you can click the facebok link on the left side under "where I hang out" and friend me there :)

The same thing will post on both.

Alli said...

Such gret advice in such a short segment. Fabulous!

L.J. Boldyrev said...

Great videos. Thanks, Lee, Greg and Shelli!

Larissa said...

Great vlogs, Lee and Greg! Congrats, Kelly - I am sooo jealous! :)

Elena said...

I love blogging...am on my third one ;) This time I am not running from my stalker!

I still haven't warmed up to Twitter yet, but I haven't bailed on it yet either.

Melissa Sarno said...

Love the videos. Thanks for hosting these amazing contests Shelli!

Janet Johnson said...

I'm trying really hard not to be bitter at my computer that won't let me watch videos at the moment---Adobe Flash Player hangup. Urf!

darcy.maloney said...

Now, I want to read Greg's book! Clearly, I need help b/c the photo I tried to use in my posts isn't showing up. Boo.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats Kelly. And thanks for the great week Shelli.

Sara McClung ♥ said...

"Tweet unto others as you would have them tweet unto you."

PRICELESS!!

Awesome videos :)

lbdiamond said...

Fantastic vlogs! Again, wonderful week of contests, Shelli!

Jemi Fraser said...

2 great videos with a ton of great info. I love that Lee quoted Ursula from The Little Mermaid :)

I thought the clue word was going to be "today". Close, but not quite!

Sarah said...

Thanks again for hosting this. Everything has been so helpful.

Kim said...

Thanks for having such awesome contests!

I'm following both of you.

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

Comment from Mary Ellen Dukes:

I am having trouble posting on your website. I am on dialup and can't get the vlogs to load, either, so I know I'm missing some REALLY good stuff!

Since my dialup is so s l o w.... it times out before I can load videos. So I'll have to miss today's contest and the vlogs, darnit!

David said...

Also, blogging is a very convenient form of procrastination sometimes, right? :-)

All the same, I'm doing it, and even for the reasons in the video, plus I want to have something for an agent to click through to on the sig line of my e-query.

Melissa said...

Thanks for having this contest Shelli! Great info today!

kimysworld said...

Thanks for the great info!

VR Barkowski said...

Great vids! I'm still trying to get the hang of Twitter. I'm heading over now to follow Greg and see if I can't pick up more tips.


Oh, and lest I forget: CONGRATS Kelly!

Portia said...

Fun contest!

Nisa said...

So much advice and info this week! (okay, the wealth of info on your blog isn't new, but it is appreciated.) It's been awesome! Thanks!

Susan Fields said...

Thanks for the great tips, and congratulations to Kelly!

deowriter said...

I checked out both Lee and Greg's Vlogs. They are great. I did tell you I am following both you and Elana. Thanks for organizing these tips, creting a scavenger hunt. It takes time!

Kim Kasch said...

Way-2-Go Kelly!!!

So much fun seeing my cyber friends win!!!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Thanks - great advice, Greg, Lee, and Shelli! Loved the vlogs.

Congrats Kelly, you lucky girl! :-)

Kirk K said...

Can't get enough of this marketing stuff. Awesome.

Julie Weathers said...

I'm following and crossing all fingers and toes.

shannywriter said...

I love the video advice! Will step up the tweeting and blogging now-usually I waste all my allotted time reading everyone else's!
Thanks for the fun contest, Shelli!

Jenn Johansson said...

Great post and good advice. :) Thanks!

Lisa said...

I've neither blogged nor vlogged nor tweeted, so it's good to hear these perspectives. Thanks to all!

Holly said...

I just stumbled across your blog via D.L. Hammons and Cruising Altitudes recommendation to come check it out and I am so happy I did. I have been published but am still a work in progress and am looking to expand my knowledge and horizons! I am a follower!
Holly
hipweddings.blogspot.com
504main.blogspot.com

Taffy said...

I enjoy reading about marketing now that I feel I'm a little closer!

Bish Denham said...

Great advise. Congratulations Kelly
!

Elizabeth O. Dulemba said...

I love Lee and Greg - so great that you are sharing their wise words! :) e

sheila said...

I'm following you both and doing this for the love of my teen daughter who is almost finished writing her first novel. *crossing fingers tightly!*

Rachelle said...

Loved this Vlog tips. Thanks for sharing!

Nancy Kelly Allen said...

Love the blog and the contest. Nice!!