Monday, August 5, 2013

Monday Miscellany Featuring Nancy LaRonda Johnson & How to Make Your Social Media Work Harder for You

Salted With Fire: 

Nancy LaRonda Johnson says,


Black magic, murder, insanity, humor, honor and devotion. Salted With Fire is a journey of flash fiction and poetry that shows my writing transformation from worldly to wanting to please God.


Flash fiction is my passion; poetry is my release. I love creating a complete story, with a beginning, middle and end, with twists, humor, drama, compassion and horror, all under 1000 words. Salted With Fireisn’t just a book of stories and poetry, it is my journey as a writer, from writing only for the mere joy of it regardless of the message, to writing stories that highlight God’s will for people, even if the stories themselves are not religious in nature.


Inside are fifteen flash fiction pieces and twelve poems with full-color pictures, and short Biblical discussions after each story.

Enter to win your copy of SALTED WITH FIRE!

AMAZON and SMASHWORDS


And here's Nancy's first book. And be sure to visit her at her WEBPAGE.

How to Make Twitter More Effective--If That's Possible

Promoting your books and having them noticed is a hard job when you're in a sea of writers doing it too. But there are some things you can do to make that job a bit easier and more effective. Let's tackle that wonderous 140 character beastie, Twitter.

1) Give your Twitter page some "bling." By that I mean put wallpaper up for your background. Use any image that expresses your brand.

2) Find some people to follow that are recognized in the business. If they use hashtags, you should use the ones they use.

3) I've posted this before, but maybe it's worth repeating. Clean up your Twitter Follower list once in a while. If people aren't following you, it's better to unfollow and find new people who are interested in what you have to say in those 140 characters. Here's the LINK to that clean-up site.

4) I'm scheduling my Tweets now, so I can plan a few days ahead for what I want to put out about my blog or my events. It's easy to schedule 2 in the morning and 2 in the late afternoon. The one problem: I have to reload the Tweedeck page a lot. For some reason the scheduling drop down freezes on me. If you know why that happens, let us know.

5) Keep your Tweets short so it's easy for others to RT and lose some of your message.

Here's someone who knows more about this than I do ( or care to).

THE LONELIEST PLANET

Is Twitter worth the effort? Any data that says it helps you become more visible to the world of readers? Have you entered to win Nancy's book?




43 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Nancy! Dig the theme to your book.
    My books are my background on Twitter. I often forget hashtags though. Need to work on that. And I do check whounfollowedme.com once a week.

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    1. Thanks Alex. It's for things like this lesson here that I wish I didn't need a day job. I'm sorry to say that I'm a horrible tweeter. If not for this blogger app, I wouldn't be able to respond hardly at all during this blog tour.

      And a big thanks to you Lee for hosting me today and for so much Twitter info. I never knew you could schedule tweets, and I definitely need to go through who I'm following, especial ly since I can't follow anymore people until I get more followers.

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    2. Great to have you here today, Nancy. Wishing you all the best of luck on your launch. As to Twitter, it has it's pluses, but takes time. . . just like everything else!

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  2. I need to start scheduling tweets.

    Congrats to Nancy!

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  3. Congrats to Nancy!

    I try, but I still haven't gotten the hang of twitter. I did start a twitter list and it does make it easier to see what my writer buddies are up to. Like now for example, your tweet got me here! (:

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    1. Thanks Elise. You're the second person to mention the tweet!

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  4. Three Cheers to Nancy for this wonderful work of flash fiction and poetry.

    I'm still fumbling the ball when it comes to Twitter. For a while, I thought I had a working plan but that got real tired real fast. So, just sort of winging it now lol!

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    1. Thank you Angela. I'd love to develop some kind of plan that I could stick to.

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  5. Yay, Nancy!

    I'm like Elise, I still haven't gotten the hang of Twitter. But I really want to work on it, so I appreciate your suggestions! I had missed the clean-up site before so I'm glad to have that link.

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  6. Good luck Nancy with your tour! I used Twitter a lot to promote a Kindle Freebie Weekend and it helped to the tune of over 8,000 free downloads. So Twitter worked for me.

    And I do use JustUnfollow too. Gotta keep things clean and tidy.

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    1. Thank you Stephen! Congrats on a successful weekend giveaway! I hope you get lots of reviews from it.

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  7. Sounds like an awesome book. I love knowing the 'why and how' behind any story.

    Good Twitter tips.

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    1. Thank you Barbara! I hope you entered the giveaway and will love the book.

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  8. So happy for Nancy!

    This is very solid advice for Twitter users!

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  9. Thanks for the tips. I am a total tweeting loser!

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  10. Congrats on your book, Nancy. And thanks for the Twitter tips. I'm embarrassed to say I'm not on there yet. I need to get on there and your tips will help.

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  11. I need to figure out how to give my Twitter wallpaper some bling!

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  12. I use my website header and spaceships on my Twitter :D Talking to people is a great use of Twitter. I meet so many interesting people. Like blogging, it's a give and take thing.

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  13. Lots of useful information here, guys.

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  14. Thanks for all the info! I used to use Twitcleaner but then they were taken down for some reason. Have a lovely Monday! And yay for Nancy!

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  15. Nancy is rocking blogland at the moment, congratulations. Trying to get into Twitter at the moment, thanks for the tips.

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  16. I have the most beautiful tweeter wallpaper over there :)

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  17. Great thoughts on making social media work for you. Now to find some...thing to clean my house and write my bestseller.

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  18. Hey Nancy,

    As promised, I'm here at that amazingly lovely lady's site of um oh yeah, Lee.

    As you will now know, Nancy, I'm wishing you lots of fulfilment with your endeavour (endeavor) for those who spell in American.

    Lee, I've got wallpaper up on my twitter account. Although the wallpaper doesn't relate to how nifty neato I am. Way too shy to do that.

    Now, as usual, I share your posting to twitter and Linkedup or whatever it's called and even your favourite (favorite) social 'notworking' site, 'Farcebook'! Gosh, I'm nice.

    Your starstruckest fan,

    Gary

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    1. Gary, you're a sweetie, even with the way you spell endeavor. :)

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  19. How on earth do you "bling your background"? *sighs* Just when I think that I have the hang of something, then along comes yet another techno lesson designed to "boggle my brains" even more...
    Nancy is the Queen Of BloggyVille at the moment! Yay!
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Sorry, Michelle. I understand exactly how you feel. There's no catching up in this world of tech.

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    2. A queen? Don't know about that Michelle. But if you'd live to try on my crown for a while, you definitely can. :)

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  20. I love that poetry is your release Nancy, I write poetry as well. Congrats on your latest book.

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    1. Great to have your visit, Sheena-kay. Thanks for dropping in to support Nancy.

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  21. Ah, yes, I "met" Nancy on another blog. :) Congrats again!

    I like Twitter because I can "get in and get out" without getting lost there for hours. I also like the challenge of 140 characters. I completely agree with putting up a background. The only thing more important to the look of your page is NOT having an egg. :)

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  22. Congratulations Nancy. Good luck!

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  23. Best of luck with your book, Nancy!

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  24. Wishing Nancy lots of luck and success. I love poetry- so her book sounds interesting.

    Thanks for all of the information about Twitter. That is one platform I am still learning about (well I am still learning about all of them- but I seem to have the most to learn about Twitter). I like the "clean up" link. :) Thanks for sharing!
    ~Jess

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    1. Thanks to everyone for your kind words and encouragement!

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  25. Hi Lee and Nancy .. I've seen your title around the blogosphere - and have been intrigued by the name ... and what a great selection of goodies inside - it does sound really interesting - good luck.

    Then the Twitter info - so much goes into marketing and I love your tips here ...

    Good luck to you both with your books and marketing .. Hilary

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