Hold a FaceBook Book Launch
I have no idea whether you even CAN hold a viable/interesting live event on FaceBook, but we’re going to give it our best shot on the evening of January 30, 2013. My co-author John A. Aragon and I are going to hang out on the Event page I have created for the launch, and we will reply to and “like” the comments from people who drop by. We’re also available to answer any questions people might have about how we co-wrote the book (The Adventures of Don Valiente and the Apache Canyon Kid) — which was a bit tricky since we wrote it on the phone and on Skype. (Or WHY we wrote it, for that matter. If we can remember, we will tell you.) We intend to play some appropriate tunes (thanks to YouTube links) and have a celebration. We’ve invited all our FaceBook friends, and made it open to the public.
BYOB, and leave your horses and weapons at the door.
I’ll report back to you on how it worked out. I’m a bit nervous at the moment (what if 10 people post comments all at once? What if no one does?) but nothing ventured, nothing gained. John and I are used to yattering back and forth with people on the Amazon ABNA forum so I doubt we’ll run short of things to say. ;)
In the meantime, more news from the “Ugly Truth About Fiction” article from last week (and thanks for all the comments on that one, by the way.) Amazon would have a better chance of “winning” if they stopped listening to the idiots on their review forums. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2013/jan/25/why-amazon-just-cant-win
Pinterest Savvy created a Facebook success team for their book. Think it has been highly successful. I am planning same. Good luck.
What is a “Facebook success team,” Katherine?
Good luck on this. By the way, a live Facebook event can be done. When i was ambassador to Zimbabwe and hardliners in the government started disrupting my public meetings with young people, my staff and I started a series of live Facebook chats. With the assistance of staff to keep track of comments and questions; and to answer some of the more routine ones; we were able to pull it off on more than one occasion. It also personalizes your outreach immensely and can build you a stable of loyal fans.
Great! Thanks for that encouraging tidbit, Charlie.
Good luck, Mary!
Thank you, Alejandro!