Thursday 8 November 2012

My Week in Facebook Faffing

"I just noticed you don't want attachments. I don't know how to copy and paste. Sorry, please withdraw my submission." Wha? How do you get through life without knowing how to copy and paste?

Eeek! Have so many interviews to do and guest posts to write. They just keep piling up! I'd better get cracking ...

Wondering if I should set up a personal newsletter. Is it worth it? When I receive newsletters from lit mags and authors that I've subscribed to, I actually very rarely READ them. Unless they are my friends. Thoughts?

Just started reading a book that makes me feel totally talentless ... The Stone Gods, by Jeanette Winterson.

REALLY annoyed that I can't publish to NOOK. I have to be a US resident! Wow, B&N are really limiting themselves. No wonder Amazon is getting the better of them! Sheesh, even KOBO allows foreigners to publish there.

I've been over and over and OVER these proofs and I STILL feel insecure about typos ...

One thing I notice when reading hundreds of poetry submissions, is that way too many poets are drawn to gardens ... why is it that flowers and suns, and moons and dreams, and tides and quiet breaths in the dark dark night, suffocate this form of written word until I need to come up for air and scream GIVE ME SOME FUCKING CONTROVERSY?

Kindle of Show & Tell in a Nutshell is available. Do I promote it before the paperback is ready? Decisions decisions ...

Author Struggle No.1: Tired of seeing so much book promo. Need to market own books. Catch 22.

Once upon a time there was a gal named Jess
who had an urge to write limericks upon your request
but she had to watch for names
that were damn hard to tame
or the limerick would lack the required finesse!

So it seems, Facebook tells my story ... this has the potential to be a weekly feature! How much of your life do you share on Facebook?


  1. Not on Facebook, so I share nothing!
    That first one is hilarious.

  2. Ha! Yes, interesting to look back at the week!
    I share in spurts on fb. But I do enjoy reading what's going on with everyone. And photos. I love photos!

    1. Yeah, I love seeing peoples photos too! I don't post many of those ... I get weird stalkers!

  3. I read somewhere this week that FB is addictive! I'm not sure about newsletters either, sometimes they're a bit like the Christmas round robins. *sigh* I don't know what's the best way to promote :-( Wow! Love the limerick.

    1. Yes, I think the newsletter would be a waste of time. Well that's what I decided eventually :-) Glad you like the limerick!

  4. I am more Twittery than Facebooky in general, but I use the #FB hashtag to do both. I limit what personal stuff I post. I love reading your posts though. I totally appreciate how frank you are about everything!

    1. LOL. Thanks, Lydia. Gosh, I'm frank because I can't help it. I often wonder whether I rub people the wrong way ...

  5. As you know, I'm all over Facebook like (insert hilarious simile), because I just enjoy it. I find the back and forth so much more engaging than Twitter.

    1. Me too! twitter is such a bore ... tell me, how do I fit everything I want to say in 140 characters? bollocks.

  6. I don't do Facebook or Twitter. No time, and right now, no inclination. It's seems to require more effort than I'm willing to invest. Writing to me is more important at this point. Socializing is what I do on my blog and on others' blogs that I like to read (like yours).

    Your honesty is refreshing, but glad I haven't sent any dreamy poetry to you. . I'm thinking of sending some photos though. Can't do those as cut and paste, as far as I know. I'll check your submission guidelines, though.

  7. I would say go for the newsletter if you keep it niche. I think people are more likely to sign up and stay signed up if your newsletter is consistent in what it offers, because they are signing up to get that content.

    I just started a newsletter this year and each time I put a new one out, I get more subscribers, so I think it's definitely worthwhile. It'll also be a way for me to update people on my writing without feeling all spammy because my newsletter is focused on writing & writing resources, not me and my books specifically. Anyway, just thought I'd weigh in! :)

  8. Yet more reasons I am glad that I am just a reader.


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