This week ‘s Friday Happy Hour is brought to you by the color YELLOW. It’s Lemon Drop season, peeps!
Happy Friday Happy Hour, Peeps!
So, it’s Happy Hour Friday. Hubby brought home not only vodka and three types of olives but also lemon drop mixer! Yes, I know you don’t use the olives with the mixer. Basically, ⅔ mixer to ⅓ vodka, shake it up with ice, serve with a lemon peel. I think the mixer might also be good with sparkling water for a non-boozy sipper.
For those of you who are waiting with bated breath to hear about how DISGUISED is coming along in the publication process, I received my last edits and notes from Wattpad editorial. Surprise…I have been asked to delete my first chapter altogether!
I get it. It’s a mystery. The client approaches my private detective protagonist in what used to be Chapter 2. But oh, boy, I worked hard on Chapter 1. I am so proud of Chapter 1. I ADORE my voice and style in Chapter 1. I’m crying in my lemon drop now.
Really, I’m okay. I know exactly why it has to be this way for this particular market, and guess what? I learned so much when I rewrote that first chapter. I studied how one of my favorite authors creates first chapters. I analyzed it down to the sentence for pacing. I wanted to do the same for the entire book, but I only had 17 days to do the rewrite on a 90,000+ word novel. (It’s now 82,000, and no. That first chapter wasn’t 8,000 words.) I wrote new chapters, new sexy scenes, and new plot twists. It was fun! And difficult.
The book’s new cover is up on Wattpad. The chapters are in “draft” mode. I will be uploading the new chapters over the weekend and working on the introduction page. Editorial created a new tagline and book description. June 10 is launch. Then I expect the money to start rolling in. Or, more reasonably, trickling in. But every bit helps, right? Thanks in advance.
SOCIAL MEDIA WHOA(S)
I am putting on the breaks, pulling on the reins. In other words, I’m once again questioning the value of social media. For all the pros that come up–staying in touch with friends and family, seeing cute dog and baby pictures, watching the Bob Marley Crona Watch 2020 videos–so many more cons come together into a basically toxic soup that I’m finding it more and more difficult (again) to justify being part of it. I mean, if you put some organic carrots and onions into a soup of waste-water run-off….do you eat it?
Awhile back, I deleted my private Facebook account and created an author Facebook account instead because general wisdom for writers (and other creatives) is that you need a social media presence in order to be successful. The idea is that people will take an interest in you, and therefore an interest in your work. And somehow that translates to sales. Mmmmm…maybe, maybe not.
There are some writers and experts out there who have concluded that social media connections might be necessary for nonfiction writers, but for fiction writers it amounts to a time trap. I will put some links up at the bottom of this post for your perusal.
Fiction writers’ time might be better spent crafting beautiful, well-told stories than trolling Twitter for followers and Facebook for fans, pushing all that creative energy into posts. Other experts give tips for how to make it work and offer examples of famous authors who use social media effectively. But how many of those famous authors, I wonder, became famous BECAUSE of social media? Um, I’m betting zero to maybe .05%. Is it possible that they are effective on social media because they are already effective in the marketplace?
I’m not going to do anything drastic like delete all my accounts. I’ve created them. They are there. No need to tear them down. I’m pretty happy with how I’ve curated them. Once in awhile I get into some troubled waters and have to step it back a little bit. Easily done on the surface (though I’m aware that everything is out there forever and ever and ever and ever and ever…right? Doesn’t that give us pause?)
But I am constantly tweaking the way I use these accounts.Though I’ll fish around for the good bits and avoid the toxicity as much as possible, I plan on creating something more delicious, organic, and nourishing here on my own blog. If you want to keep up with me, this is where I’ll be hanging out most of the time.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Where are you standing these days on the whole social media thing? With so much rancor and divisiveness in our society and the world, is social media serving us? Or are we serving IT? Please leave a comment. I comment back.
Why Social Media Is a Death-Trap for Writers by P.S. Hoffman
Should Writers Use Social Media by Robert Lee Brewer
So You’re An Author Without a Social Media Presence – Now What by Jane Friedman (she’s SO smart, I’ve bought her book THE BUSINESS OF BEING A WRITER.) https://www.writersdigest.com/publishing-insights/should-writers-use-social-media
The Ultimate Guide to Social Media for Writers 2020 by Kindlepreneur with Dave Chesson