Rushed party TOMORROW and imareader Author Kindle Fire Giveaway

I’m SUPER STOKED to be co-hosting a RUSHED party with New Adult Paranormal Romance author Lynn Rush TOMORROW, Tuesday, March 12 @ 8:00 PM EST! Please be sure to hang out with us on Twitter–there will be prizes, chatting, and fun, fun, fun! 😀

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Kathy at I’m A Reader, Not A Writer has organized a FABULOUS author hosted giveaway. Read on for all the deets!

 

Kindle Fire HD Giveaway!

The winner will have the option of receiving a 7″ Kindle Fire HD (US Only)

Or $199 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)

Or $199 in Paypal Cash (International)

Sponsoring Authors

The Stone Guardian by Theresa McClinton

Blood Oath (Gabby Girls Adventure, #2)Return of the Dragon Riders: Book Two of the Dragon Stone Saga (Dragon Stone Saga, #2)Hidden HeartA Tale of the Other Kind (Therian, #1)AuraPrison NationFamily Magic (Hayle Coven, #1)The Conduit (Gryphon, #1)Shifting PrideFire Within (Guardian Witch #2)Fall of Sky CityReflectionThe Light of Asteria: Kailmeyra's Last Hope (Kailmeyra, #1)Kiss Me, I'm Irish (Time For Love #1)Grace DollThe Stone GuardianLegend UnleashedInnovera Yakov: The Journey of A Thousand EyesThe GiftedFor What It's WorthForbidden Temptation of a VampireOwlet (Society of Feathers, #1)Cascade Brides: The Complete SeriesTwenty-Five Years Ago TodayAlexander Drake's Extraordinary Pursuit

Giveaway Details
1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire HD (US Only), $199 Amazon Gift Card or $199 in Paypal Cash (International).
Ends: 3/31/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Twitter Tips I Learned Over the Weekend

Hi gang!

If you read Monday’s post about my tweeting #MentalHealthMondayWritingTips, you might guess I had to learn some things about Twitter. (Or maybe you didn’t, LOL!)

Anyway…

First, I had to find out if what I wanted to do was even possible!

(Yes, it is, by the way. Or we wouldn’t be here, reading this post, right?)

So…

My first question: Can you schedule tweets?

Answer: YES

My second question: How can you schedule tweets?

Answer: There are at least two options. I went with futuretweets.com. It’s FREE and you can schedule tweets (with re-occurrences or not). Another option is hootsuite.com If, that is, you want to spend $10 a month. (You could get a free account and let hootsuite post “commercials” on your Twitter or Facebook or whatever…at least, that ‘s what happened to me. If someone knows how to get around that, PLEASE tell us!!!)

I offer COMMERCIAL-FREE tweeting and I like FREE, so that’s why I went with futuretweets.com. 🙂

My third question: Can you register a hashtag?

Answer: YES

My fourth question: How can you register a hashtag?

I’m sure there is more than one way to do this, but I found #twubs and it was very easy to do, so, YAY!!!

I now have a registered hashtag for Mental Health Monday!

#MentalHealthMondayWritingTips

~OR~

#MHMWT

My fifth question: What resources have you guys found to schedule tweets and register hashtags?

 

Writer Wednesday–Writer’s Road and Indie Chat

There’s a LOT of chats happening on Twitter. It can be daunting and overwhelming to decide which ones to join. There’s YALitChat, MGLitChat, Scriptchat…oh hell, just check out this LINK (from @inkyelbows) for more.

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve “attended” two writer chats on Twitter:

#Indiechat (Tuesdays at 9pm EST)

#WritersRoad (Mondays at 9pm EST)

I have learned SO MUCH that I plan to stick with these two. PLUS, the peeps on there are SUPER SUPPROTIVE and eager to share their experience and knowledge of the biz (and in a way I can understand!).

What chats have you been to? Which are your favs and why? Ever thought about starting your own chat?

Be sure to check out Deb’s response to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog topic of Prologues–Love ’em or hate ’em?

Writer Wednesday–Battling Social Networking Overload

I’ve been on the social media highway for about three years now. It all started with QueryTracker, then branched out to RallyStorm, then to Facebook and Twitter, and finally, my blog. I’ve spent countless hours on each site, chatting with other writers, learning techniques, learning how-to’s and don’ts, all the while watching the network grow and branch out in directions I’d never thought possible.

And now there’s even MORE avenues to get connected!

Klout, Google+, Tumblr, StumbleUpon, and now Pinterest…

How can I possibly keep up!!!!!!

*flails* *runs into wall* *passes out on floor*

So, folks, how do you keep a steady pace on the social networking highway without running out of gas? How do you find time to do real life things, like, gee I don’t know, WRITE??? 😉

This week for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog, Deb answers the question of what inspires her.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog–Social Media Confessions

Eep, it’s December and I haven’t gotten my Christmas shopping done yet! *head desk*

Welcome to a new month and a new tour of the traveling blog. This month, Lydia asks the question:

Do you twitter, FB, etc besides blogging? why or why not?

Those of you who follow my blog know I just celebrated my one year blogaversary (I never know how to spell that word, geez!) last month. ONE. YEAR! (Can you tell I’m excited about that?)

Back in those days, I was pretty new to the whole social media, let’s-all-get-to-know-each-other-via-the-internet, thing. Thanks to QT (the most super awesomest writerly website, IMHO), I was able to meet some fantastic people, beta readers, crit buds, and all around supportive writers along all stages of the publishing journey.

I’m gonna confess here that I had little knowledge of Facebook and Twitter. PLUS, as a shrink, it’s somwhat important to keep anything about myself on the downlow (of course, tha’t pretty much blown to hell now, so, yeah…oops).

Even though I had little working knowledge of the interwebz, I jumped into the pool of cyberspace and gave it a go. First, I signed up for Facebook. I reconnected with some med school pals, I friended several QT buds, and I networked with a bunch of writerly types–cool! Then, I dove into Twitterland. It’s a strange thing, keeping thoughts to 140 characters, but also fun.

I do enjoy it. VERY MUCH. Problem is, it’s kinda hard to keep up with everyone! LOL!

Regardless of anyone’s stance, I have found the experience of social media interesting, informative, and totally worth it.

Why do I keep doing it? Well, I get to continue developing relatioships, a support network, AND I get to share in the excitement when a writerly pal has a success (such as getting an agent or publishing a book)!

Whaddya all think about blogging, Facebook, Twitter, etc?

Remember to check out Lydia’s response next week! 🙂