Since I wrote my original post on How to Create a Facebook Page, things have changed. So, here are the new instructions (written August 2011) for creating a Facebook Page. After the instructions, I’ll talk about why I created a second Page for my Pearl Island trilogy when I already had an Author Page. Step-By-Step [...]
Guest Blog by author Patricia McLinn Some people play Facebook like a Stradivarius. Me? More like a one-fingered piano-player wearing boxing gloves. Then I saw a Tweet by Harlequin Presents author Lynn Raye Harris about how she’d created a tab on her Facebook page listing all her books, with cover art, plus links to purchase. [...]
Recently, I’ve heard a lot of authors asking how to hide their personal profile page on Facebook. Today’s tip — provided by Novelist Inc. member Lauren Dane — will tell you how to do that. First, though, for those who are new to Facebook, I’ll explain why you’d want to hide your profile. Facebook has [...]
In a word, yes! But don’t just take my word for it. Neil Nyren, Senior Vice-President, Publisher, and Editor in Chief of Penguin Putnam, talked about the importance of an author’s web presence in an interview at Murderati.com, a blog about “Mysteries, Murder, and Marketing.”
I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about HootSuit, so today, I finally joined. I can already tell I’m going to love it! Now, I can post to Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace at the same time. And I organized my Twitter lists so I can view several groups side-by-side. What a time saver! Or, at [...]
Before I braved the world of social networking, if I needed input on a major decision [like Website design], I’d simply bug my friends endlessly for their opinions…. This time, I decided to put my own advice from this blog into action and see what would happen if I used social networking. Wow, talk about Twitter and Facebook to the rescue!
This week’s tip is simple, short, and sweet. If you’ve an author (or anyone) who has recently added a Page (aka fan page) to your Profile on Facebook, you’ll love this. As soon as you have a minimum of 25 “like”s, you can change your URL from this: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6127*4#&re To this: http://www.facebook.com/julieortolon/ It’s really simple! [...]
Will everyone who finds Facebook confusing and frustrating please raise your hand? Ah-ha! I see I’m not alone. When I opened my Facebook account and started sending out friend requests to fellow authors, I kept getting responses back inviting me to join their Fan Page. I immediately thought, “I’m an author. I want one of [...]
Rather than write a how to guide for setting up a Facebook account, I want to focus on issues that concern authors, and that’s usually privacy verses promotion. (If you do want a how to guide, here’s a good one at eHow.com.) When opening a Facebook account you need to decide what your purpose is [...]
As authors, our name is one of the most important thing we can own. In the age of the Internet it’s becoming increasingly hard to protect. Until a few weeks ago, I’d never even hear of the term “Cyber Squatter,” but boy did I ever fall victim in one of the worst ways possible….Basically, they’re holding my name hostage and they want $1,000 in ransom to release it.