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Friday, October 3, 2014

Here I Go Torching Things Again

I don't know what it is about me that has to go All Or Nothing, but it's the way I work. I just deleted my Twitter account and my Instagram account.

You know, you kind of have to have a committed relationship with social media sites these days. I already broke up with Facebook a while back... But seriously, you feel pressure to "check in" and have this compulsive need to make sure you respond to people's posts, and if you're marketing something, you feel this strange need to market your books but at the same time hate doing it because you know how totally annoying it is to see other authors Tweeting their books all the time... And you get on there when you're bored, throwing hours of your life into a black hole, and you're seeing ads from people you don't even follow, but the Tweets are there because someone paid to have them flashed in your face, and...ugh. Back to the relationship comparison, when I feel like a relationship is more trouble than it brings joy, I tend to walk away from it. I know I may have pissed off a bunch of people because of that (both online and in real time throughout the years), but when things start to make you feel icky day after day after day, with more negative than positive, they just need to go.

I'm either into it, or I'm over it.

I'm also kind of dramatic. But there it is.


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  1. I may follow you. Don't know yet. Bought my first ad today, going where the readers go, and leaving all those authors behind. I still feel like screaming in frustration, and I hate tweeting twice a day, each day. It's a royal pain in my old flat tushie.

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    1. LOL Poor tushie! Well, either way, you've gotta do what works for you. And the CJSullivan twitter account wasn't working for me anymore :)

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  2. I get RTs, and the thousands of followers they have are blind. You're right, it doesn't work anymore. I can tweet my freebies, and gain some limited mileage there, but it doesn't translate into real sales. As much as I hate the pay-to-play marketing of books, I see no other way for me go.

    The giveaway blogs were a bust, can't book my own blog tour, so I'll start cheap and work my way up. There's an Aussie newsletter I need to find that is effective with the iTunes freebies. Ten USD.

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    1. Same here - great for freebies, useless for sales and readers. Because even people who download a freebie, 99 times out of 100, don't even get around to reading the book!

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  3. Okay ... speaking as a blogger I feel that there actually IS some worth to the giveaways. Not only does it get your book in front of readers that (otherwise) may have never heard of you or seen your book listed on Amazon or in their local book store. I, personally, am honored to have been able to host a few giveaways for Carrie. I loved the books, gave them a glowing review, and I continue to talk about them BECAUSE I LOVED THEM.

    That's the kind of blogger that authors should be looking for ... the type that you feel will love your books, and will continue to talk about them long after the giveaways have ended. I feel "connected" to the characters in the story and constantly find myself thinking throughout the day that "Lucky Santangelo would have done this" or "Laphelle would have said this" you know what I mean? Does that make me a nut job blogger? Possibly ... but I've been like that since the day that I was born. I still have Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys embedded in my brain and think like a teen detective at times. I guess its simply because I love reading, love books, and love the characters that I meet that maybe makes me a little strange but keeps me talking about the books that I love ... does that make sense?

    As for ditching social media ... I agree with you. There are days when I'm ready to delete all of my accounts and just forget the entire world of social media ... but then there are the times when I want to share something with the world and that's the quickest and fastest way for me to do so. I'm going to miss CJ's tweets and photos ... but I know I can always find you here. Now if you go and delete the blog - we're gonna have to talk woman lmbo!

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    1. Kim, you're the best gift an author could ask for - someone who believes in the books! Also, I consider you a friend! :) And no worries, I don't have any plans on getting rid of the blog ;) It's a great outlet, and it's ad-free (and I also appreciate all the hosting you've done for me!) Laphelle said you're not crazy. He likes being thought of ;)

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    2. P.S. I also feel like there's a lot more weight and worth to physical giveaways. It costs me a little more, but knowing I'm on a new reader's physical shelf is very encouraging because the book can't get lost within the little e-reader!

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    3. Well thank you for that Carrie ... and I totally consider you a friend too! I'm glad you chatted with Laphelle about me. If I were just 15 years younger ... okay, mind out of the gutter ... I like physical giveaways more too. I absolutely LOVE the smell of a new book (I'll sit there and sniff the book for hours ... no lie ... my kids think I'm crazy as a loon when I get a new one lmao!) I wish I had a physical copy of my boy ... but I know he's always just a click away on my tablet!

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  4. I went looking for you specifically and couldn't find you! Best of luck in this change, and I fully understand. I've been off twitter a lot lately because it's better to write your books than to spend too much time reading others' tweets about their own books. I noticed many accounts go dark from time to time only to re-emerge with astounding creativity come to fruit. Here's to many more books!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, sometimes you just have to get away, and knowing me, I'll probably be back in some incarnation at some point! :-D

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  5. I went looking for you specifically and couldn't find you! Best of luck in this change, and I fully understand. I've been off twitter a lot lately because it's better to write your books than to spend too much time reading others' tweets about their own books. I noticed many accounts go dark from time to time only to re-emerge with astounding creativity come to fruit. Here's to many more books!

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    1. I just realized I never posted a reply to this comment! Hope you're doing well :)

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  6. Dear Carrie, I've found you again! I completely understand your need to remove yourself from Twitter. I noticed you weren't about anymore. I hope all your allergies clear soon though, that's not nice. Long may your writing continue. I wish you health and creativity for 2015.

    Warm wishes,

    Nicky from ArtiPeeps

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    1. Hey,Nicky, good to hear from you. Still following your blog :)

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  7. Dear Carrie, I've found you again! I noticed you're absence on Twitter, and I completely understand your reasons for deleting your account. I'm sorry to hear of your allergies, feeling unwell is never nice! I wish you a creative and healthy new year ahead.

    Warm wishes,

    Nicky from ArtiPeeps

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