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August 5, 2015

I’ve been stumbling along, learning as I go, imparting what wisdom I can to you, my readers as I go through this process. Hopefully, this will make the journey easier for you if you haven’t already done it and aren’t sitting back and laughing at my misery!

My publisher sent me a checklist of things I needed to do before, during and after my book is published. Though I read through it once, twice, three times, not everything sank it due to being overwhelmed. I had to take things a little bit at a time. Also, there are certain things I physically can’t do due to my job and finances. However, there are avenues I can pursue that allow me leeway to get the most bang for my buck (that includes time and effort).

A lot of that bang comes from the effective use of social media. After read-through #3, more social media things have soaked in. This week, it was Facebook and Pinterest.


Okay, a lot of people have a Facebook page. I’ve had one for years and I’ve used it not only for personal stuff, but to plug my various writing projects like this web site and Let’s Talk Nevada, among others. However, one thing I didn’t think about, even though I’ve seen and even liked numerous times, was people who had dedicated Facebook pages for their books! I guess I knew it was possible but it never dawned on me how easy it was until my publisher prompted me through her things-to-do-list, that I needed one. When I finally dug around on my toolbar at the top of my personal page, I found the create new page thingie and voila! It was really simple.

The problem was making those critical decisions of how to set up the page. Once I did that, it wasn’t so bad. Since Meleena’s Adventures is a series, I went from there.

Now I have to start inviting people to the page and make links to this web site.


This site is a bit more tricky. My editor recommended I join it a long time ago, but I kept hearing from others that it wasn’t a very useful site. Once again, it was one of the suggested but not mandatory sites listed in my to do list. I finally broke down the other day and signed up. A complete novice, I still have no idea what to do with it. I don’t even have a log in or anything. In fact, I don’t have a link to get into it. I have lots of e-mails to the account and that’s the only way I can get into it, so far. I’ll figure it out.


One of you readers suggested I put Facebook and Twitter logos/links on my home page. I love that idea and finally figured out how to do it through widgits. I had a brief distraction where I was in the hospital so I lost some time and now that I’m back, I’m going to investigate more things I can do with social media.


The key with social media is to be present, get linked up everywhere, and communicate.

It’s certainly not the be-all/end-all for marketing but it does help get your name and book out into the world.

Happy writing.



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