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Ever wonder what authors like to do in their spare time?  Come on over to Coffee Time Romance and More to find out!  There are authors posting every day and I’ll be posting about my own “special interests” on June 20th.  Lots of fun–you don’t want to miss it so come on over!

Just click on the pic to be taken to the Coffee Time Romance and More forum!  Oh, and if you decide you want to join the site–and trust me, if you love romance this is the place to be!–tell ’em Caitlyn Hunter sent you!

I’ve spent most of this week ruthlessly weeding out a bunch of Yahoo promotion groups that I don’t really use much, if at all, and therefore don’t need to belong to.  I cut the total number down considerably and moved on to the social networking sites…which wasn’t as easy as I hoped.

I’m down to ten sites with a couple interesting ones waiting in the wings.  I may join them later when I have more time but for right now I’m well under my goal of less than a dozen.  And yes, I’m keeping my Facebook page but I’ll probably only use it when I have a new book release.

Anyway, the next task in this week’s somewhat onerous challenge is to update my pages on all those sites–especially the ones I pay for which means Author’s Den comes first.  I spent the last couple of days on AD and I have to say I really like that site.  Very easy to navigate and if you hit a snag, you can usually find out what you’re doing wrong in their “Help” file.

Only thing I’ve found so far that had me scratching my head–before banging it on the wall!–is when I tried to add my free read, Enchant Her, to my story file.  I tried several times to load the whole story which is only 11,000 words but it wouldn’t take it.  When I searched for an answer in “Help” I never could find out why it wouldn’t take the file.  The only thing I could think of was the word count was too high so I ended up breaking the story into four parts and setting up a separate page for each of them.  That worked, but I had a few…well, screaming hissy fits before I figured it out.

Anyway, my Caitlyn Hunter Author page looks pretty good–except I hate that they make your author photo so large!  Next up, I need to add some more of my poetry, hopefully I’ll do better with that than I did with the story, and then tomorrow I need to move on to the other sites.

One down (almost), nine to go!

I saw a post the other day on Lemondrop about a woman who’d committed to a year of living dangerously…well, not so much danger, more like exciting, thrilling, trying something new every week.  You get the picture.  Think of it as a Bucket List for the young and daring.  After all, baking cupcakes isn’t really dangerous unless you set the kitchen on fire by doing something incredibly stupid, but if you’ve never baked cupcakes before, I suppose that qualifies as an adventure.  And some of the other things she’s done, like jumping off a 20 feet stone embankment into a river, well, with my fear of heights, no, not even going to think about doing that.

Anyway, I was intrigued by what she’s doing and thought it might be fun but…the MS pretty much prohibits the physical adventures and since I’m old and set in my ways and for the most part, not into new adventures, I decided to put her challenge to the test in the one part of my life that really needs to be shaken up–my writing.  Ive gotten a little lackadaisical where my writing is concerned and with a new book coming out soon, I really need to step up my promotions and maybe while I’m at it, try a few new adventures in the actual writing part.

So…I’ve decided to try to do something new and different in my writing life for the next year.  Not so much a life challenge as a writing challenge.  Can I do it?  Who knows.  Where will it take me?  Again, who knows.  Hopefully, we’ll find out.  My biggest problem right now is coming up with 52 new things to try.  I have a few and hopefully as I get further into this challenge, more will rear their ugly heads occur to me and I’ll add them to the list.

Which reminds me, I need to actually work on the list.  Hmm…maybe that could be one of the challenges, coming up with the list.

Anyway, this week’s challenge:  put up a blog post every single day.  Okay, maybe I’ll take the weekends off, so let’s say every single weekday.  That means five blog entries for this week…

One down, four to go!

with the latest Dames’ Dozen.  Denise Dietz, author of the Diet Club Mystery series is in the spotlight today on the Dames of Dialogue blog.  Her answers, not to mention the titles of her books, will put a smile on your face and give you some insight into what makes this fascinating woman tick.  Throw in a few promotion tips for authors and a romance that will warm your heart, and you have a highly entertaining and informative interview.

So instead of strangling a loaf of Italian bread or beating up a cookie or even chaining a lamb chop to the bed, hop on over to the Dames of Dialogue blog and check out her interview.  You’ll be glad you did and it just might save the life of a cheesecake!

 I’m rethinking my decision not to put up a page on Facebook because of this article in the latest issue of the Book Marketing Expert Newsletter:

*Facebook Frenzy 0A

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Are you on Facebook yet? No? Why not? Or maybe you’re on Facebook and not sure what to do now that you’re there. Well, check out these recent stats (courtesy of Marketingsavant.com):

* As of 2/14/09 Facebook has 175,000,000 active users
* Facebook grows by well over 600,000 users per day
* If Facebook were a country it would now be the 6th most populated country in the world
* The fastest growing segment are women over 55 (up 175% according to this report)
* Women dominate Facebook (meaning there are more women than men on Facebook)

Tips for an effective Facebook page:

· Update frequently. Facebook is not the field of dreams, just because you built it doesn’t mean people will beat a path to your door
· Use it to post events, updates on your book, product or message – keep your followers current about what’s going on in your world. Don’t tell us you just washed the dog.
· Facebook is not a way to push a message, but rather communicate *with* your market.
· Make sure your picture is current, don’t use a logo – I tend to think that doesn’t personalize your page enough. People want to see you, let them get to know who you are.

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So…after reading that, yeah, I think I’m going to have to bite the bullet and set up a Facebook account.  I’m not looking forward to it, especially the part where I’ll feel like a complete computer moron and get frustrated because I don’t know my way around the site yet, but I’m just going to have to suck it up and do it.  Bleh!

On a happier note, I’m down to the last thirty pages of the final edit of Winds of Fate.  Woo-hoo!  Looks like I’ll make my self-imposed deadline of June 30th.  *crossing fingers against jinx*

BTW, have I mentioned lately how much I like the Book Marketing Expert Newsletter?  If you’re an author looking for ways to promote your book, you definitely should sign up for it! 

*Reprinted from “The Book Marketing Expert newsletter,” a free ezine offering book promotion and publicity tips and techniques.  http://www.amarketingexpert.com

Whistling Woman by CC Tillery

Winds of Fate

Storm Shadows

Snow Shadows

PMS Anthology

Romance of My Dreams