MORE Partying! Bandita Style….
Posted by Jeanne Adams Aug 16 2012, 2:21 am
Okay, okay, so it’s not as good as yesterday’s 100th/101st book celebration, but it’s going to be FUN!
In another one of those Bandita discussions that often go on in the Lair, several of us started talking about Facebook, and Fan pages and Twitter and all that Social Media jazz. Now, nothing beats the fun we have in the Lair, but sometimes, it’s also really fun to join in with you, or Bandita Buddies, or our other Banditas on Facebook. Laugh or share just a “quickie” (ooh-la-la!) on Twitter.
Beth, Nancy and I, slackers that we are (well, I am, they’re not!) hadn’t yet set up Fan pages. Unfortunately, I’m nearing my limit on being able to have Friends on my personal page, so I was staring down the barrel of making a Fan page. So was Beth. And Nancy, with her upcoming release in November, was joining me in the grumble-fest about creating Fan Pages. Anna C, Donna (resident promotions smartypantses), and Tawny, (web guru extraordinaire), along with her amazingly talented fellow web whiz Trish, kept encouraging us to Just Do It.
Then our web designer got involved. Many of you know Liz Bemis, of Bemis Promotions. Like all of us Bandits, she’s a Golden Heart finalist. She WON her Golden Heart category THIS YEAR!! (CONGRATS, LIZ!!!) *ahem* where was I? Oh, yes. Liz. Okay, so she did our new Romance Bandits Website which we moved to last year. She does my site and Donna’s, Nancy’s and the fabulous Healthy Writer Blog that Tawny and Trish created.
Liz knows websites. And she knows allllll about how to maximize Twitter and Facebook and make it look damn pretty while you’re at it. Grins.
I had a meeting with Liz about my site and she got on the “Get Social Media Savvy” bandwagon.
“Why don’t you just put one up (a Fan Page), then do a contest and invite everyone from your personal page to LIKE your Facebook Fan Page?”
Uh-huh. Picture my deer-in-headlights, you-can’t-make me expression.
Don’t get me wrong I LOVE technology. I love gadgets (when they work). I just don’t like all the time it takes to do, undo, redo, and resettle something I thought I had already learned. Take Facebook, for example. I like my personal page. I don’t like that Facebook keeps changing how you see it, what the parameters are, and how the timeline works.
Why can’t they just leave it alone? I’m used to it? *whine, whine, whine*
That whined, I LIKE it like it is. *sigh* But it can’t stay that way because I’m about out of room.
Twitter, on the other hand, I “get” and they don’t mess with it too often. I like that. You get 140 characters of commentary. Keeps you from running off at the mouth – one of my constant failings – and makes you edit really well. Grins. Or get QUITE creative with your spelling. SNORK!
I’d like to just keep the status quo, but technology marches on and I must go with it. :> Oh, and I have to admit that Liz won me over by telling me, in detail, just how easy it was to create a Fan page.
I began thinking – always dangerous! – about how to introduce this new “thing” I was doing, that everyone else was already doing. Nancy and Beth and I started talking, then we got a few others involved, and well…next thing you know, in typical Bandita fashion, we’d planned a party. We even roped Liz in to the whole deal, since I can honestly say, “SHE STARTED IT!!!” Ha!
So, belly up to the bar, or a cabana boy (they’re still tired after yesterday, so don’t expect much!), or pull up a chair if you can find one that’s not got margarita on it from last night, and let me tell you about the three-month-long party a bunch of us are planning!
THREE MONTHS? Ohhhhh yeah. Do we know how to party or what? We’re giving away prizes once a week for the next three months, starting next week! EVERY WEEK!! YIKES!!!
Anna Campbell is going to give away copies of Seven Nights in a Rogues Bed – I’m DYING to get my hands on this book.
Nancy, our newest, and soon-to-have-her-book-out (in ebook and PoD) published Bandita is giving away a dragon goblet (no dragons in the book, but OMG gorgeous!), a Renegade prize package and some other goodies to celebrate her November release of her debut novel, RENEGADE. (Don’t you just ADORE that cover? Yum, yum, yum.)
Beth is giving away TWO - count them TWO! - of her trilogies as sets.
Donna is giving away a totally cool package of Japanese-themed goodies along with her Cassanova Code. OMGosh, these Japanese themed items are so COOL!
To promote my October release, Deadly Charms, and its charm bracelet theme, I’m giving away silver charms.
Trish is giving away a set of her Teagues of Texas trilogy and other book prizes.
Tawny is giving away a totally cool Karma Cafe gift basket, and the trilogy of her Christmas books, including the December 2012 release, Nice and Naughty.
And Liz is giving away some special web/design goodies that you just won’t believe. Check in with allll our Facebook Fan pages and you’ll see the FULL LIST!!
And that’s just for starters! There are prizes each week for the next 12 weeks. Yes, I said TWELVE weeks!
THEN, it’s going to get REALLY good! :> Better than twelve weeks of prizes, you ask? Ohhhhhh yeah! At the end of the twelve weeks, we’ve got some really BIG prizes and prezzies.
An eReader. A package of RITA Nominated books. The rarest of the rare – a copy of The Education of Mrs. Brimley – and other books by Donna MacMeans. A silver charm bracelet from Tiffany’s. MORE books. Trilogies. Themed items. REALLY GREAT STUFF!!!
So what’s the catch, you wonder? Ahhhhhhh. You have to get techie. Not much. Just a little bit. You have to go to Facebook and LIKE our Fan Pages. Then click on the little icon on each page that says ROMANCE BANDITS and fill in your name and email address.
That’s it. (Too easy? Okay, you can follow us on Twitter too, if you want.)
Pretty cool, eh?
So what about you, Bandita Buddies - I know many of you use Twitter - How often do you Tweet? (Snork!!! That just SOUNDS funny…)
Do you follow any famous people? (I follow Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert – OMGosh funny! I also follow @PRDeathStar which is a total Star Wars crack up.)
Do you like the new Facebook Timeline?
What about the new penchant everyone on FB has for constantly posting “inspirational” pictures?
Do you follow the FAN PAGES of any famous authors – Including Banditas?
Do you UnFriend people who post political stuff? (I do!)