When I was in junior high, I enjoyed reading stories, writing to pen-pals, keeping a journal, and creating poetry. Fast forward a few years and now I blog about these passions: reading and writing. But now my “pen-pals” are my blog readers with whom I share book reviews, writing tips, insights on the process of writing historical fiction, and an occasional poem or two. Please leave a comment and join this conversation on literacy.
Everything You Wanted to Know About Social Media But Didn't Know Who to Ask
My apologies if you receive this blog twice. I’ve had some issues with feed burner and am trying to correct them. In case I still don't have it resolved on January 4, I blogged about my focus for 2016 and wanted to hear what yours was. On January 11 I reviewed and offered Madeline Kuderick's debut novel, Kiss of Broken Glass as a giveaway. Please hang in there with me while I get this ironed out! Thank you and make sure you check out this week's giveaway!
For those of you who are outside the SCBWI-Carolinas region you may not know Joan Y. Edwards, our regional "go to" person when members have questions about blogging and social media. She generously agreed to answer some of my questions about Facebook, Twitter, and blogging. PLUS she is giving away a critique of 1000 words, a pitch and a query OR a blog consultation to one of you! Today we'll start by learning how to link Facebook Pages to Twitter accounts. Next week Joan will discuss more about blogging.
What kind of Facebook page can you link to Twitter?
If your Facebook profile post is marked public, you can share it
with Twitter. Most of us only share our posts from
our Facebook profile pages with our friends. These are NOT public.
After you have a regular Facebook profile page, you can add a special page, such as an author page, an illustrator's page, a blogger's page, or a business page which are all public and anyone can see what's posted on it. THESE public pages can be linked to Twitter. If you like a person's public page, then it goes into your friends timeline so they can see it when they click on their home page.
If you manage a Facebook page, you can share updates on your Twitter account with your Twitter followers, and you can control what type of updates you'd like to share: status updates, links, photos, notes, events. If you have multiple pages, you have the option to link each of these pages to different Twitter accounts.
How do you link from your personal profile page to your author page?
1. Click on the share button.
2. There are six places you can choose to share:
Share Now (Friends) It goes immediately to your friends.
Share (if you click on this middle share, it takes you to five more choices. If you choose:
On your timeline. When you click on this, it goes immediately to your timeline.
On a friend’s timeline. (Type in their Facebook name, their name should pop up, click on their name. Then write a note in the box with “Say Something about this...” Click on the Share Link buttonon right hand side below the link.
In a group. (Type in the name of the group and choose it when Facebook pops the name up. For instance, if you type in To Market To Market, the whole group name should pop up. You have to click on the name when it pops up. Then write a note in the box with “Say Something about this...” Click on the Share Link buttonon right hand side below the link.
On a page you manage. It will have the name of the page. If you have more than one page you manage, you can click on the down arrow to see other pages. Click on the page you want to which you want to post. Then write a note in the box with “Say Something about this...” Click on the Share Link buttonon right hand side below the link.
In a private message. When you click on this, it has a box with TO and the word names. Click on names and type the person’s name there. You will see a box with “Say Something about this...” above the link. Type your message to go with the link. Click Share link button on right hand side below the link.
What are the advantages of people liking your Facebook author page?
Joan Y. Edwards is author/illustrator of picture book, Flip Flap Floodle. Her Never Give Up blog has over 300,000 views and over 330 subscribers. She presented a "Blogging Basics" workshop at the 2012 SCBWI-Carolinas Conference in Charlotte and two workshops at the 2014 SCWW (S.C. Writers Workshop) Conference in Myrtle Beach: "Get Your Blog Going and Make It Stand Out" and "How to Add Pizzazz to Your Blog." Two of her books are scheduled for release in 2016: Joan's Elder Care Guide and Larry, the Terrifying Turkey.