Showing posts with label Twitter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Twitter. Show all posts

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Long, Dark Night of the Squirrel

Today your Saturday morning funny is brought to you by the amazing Becca Rose of @bookwormbeaut Twitter fame. And squirrels. Seriously, read ALL THE PAGES. This is why Twitter is my absolute favorite form of social media.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Appreciating Platforms

A couple weeks ago at writers' group, we started talking about the recent trend of publishers and agents wanting authors to have an established platform. Several people in the group were less than excited about this fact, feeling overwhelmed at just the thought of trying to juggle writing, blogging, websites, and social media accounts, all at the same time. I totally get it. It takes a lot of balance. There are times when I start to feel overloaded, and it's not like I have a huge following to interact with. But at the same time, I understand the value of this idea because I appreciate it, not just as a writer, but as a reader.

The easiest way for me to explain this is to share with you some of my favorite people to follow, and why: 

I'm lucky enough to have a few signed copies of Erin's novels on my bookshelf, thanks to contests and promotions on her Facebook page and blog. Not only is she a phenomenal writer, but she's the most kind and open author I've ever had the privilege of interacting with online. She's constantly engaging in conversations with her fans, asking and answering questions, and passing on encouragement to those of us who aspire to be as successful as she is. Her blog posts are always inspiring, honest, and real. I don't think you could find a better example of how an author platform should be used.

Jon's book START (see my review here) is all about figuring out your dream and turning it into a reality. What better topic for aspiring writers? Not only does Jon offer lots of encouraging and inspiring tweets and posts, but he's also hilarious. From comedic observations of every day life, to TV and sports commentary, to his knack for finding extremely awkward Pinterest posts, it's impossible to follow Jon and not laugh out loud at least once a day. 
Tony DiTerlizzi (@TonyDiTerlizzi) 
If you follow author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi on Twitter and/or Instagram, you'll get to see a constant gallery of his sketches. I love seeing his process when it comes to creating the beautiful images for The Spiderwick Chronicles and The Search for Wondla. He's also replied to several of my tweets, sometimes answering questions, and other times simply thanking me for a compliment. It's awesome to get an inside look into his books and their stunning artwork.
Ksenia Anske (@kseniaanske/ 
There are so many reasons I love following this woman. Blogger and up-and-coming author, she delights in interacting with her followers. Every day you'll find her answering questions, giving pep talks, celebrating victories, and generally boosting moral in the Twitter writing community. Do you need someone in your corner who will push you to write, write, write and never give up? Follow her. She has an incredible work ethic and is a great example of what it means to be dedicated to writing. And not in an intimidating "I'm so much better than you, you could never compare" manner, but in an uber-inspiring "You can do it, too!" sort of way.

I could add so many more...Bob Goff, Isaac Marion, Don Miller, Becca Rose, Kristin Lamb...the list goes on. 

Inspiration, encouragement, support, humor, writing tips, a glimpse into the lives of my favorite authors...all because of  their Twitter/Facebook/blog. All because they take the time to interact with me--the reader, the follower, the fan. I think if you can experience the excitement that comes with interaction like this, the idea of being able to provide the same for your own followers will seem a little less stressful and a lot more fun.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

On a Whim (Or How I Bought My Favorite Band Coffee)

You know that post I wrote a couple of weeks ago? The one about going for it? Well, when the list of Pitchapalooza winners went up on Tuesday, my name wasn't among them. Which is okay. Even though my pitch wasn't chosen to be critiqued and thrown in the hat for the grand prize, the biggest win is that I HAVE A PITCH...FOR MY NOVEL...WHICH I JUST FINISHED WRITING. That's huge!

Despite knowing all that, I will admit to feeling bummed (and to reading the list through a second time, r-e-a-l-l-y s-l-o-w-l-y, just to make sure I hadn't missed my name in there somewhere). But then something really cool happened. Something that reminded me of the importance of just going for it, in every area of life.

I read the list of Pitchapalooza winners while sitting in a City Brew in Missoula. My husband and I were there to see two of our favorite bands in concert (Paper Route and Anberlin) and were killing time before we could go check into our hotel. Of course this meant that we were both perusing the interwebs while sipping our chai lattes. Round about the time I was getting over my disappointment, my husband was on Twitter. At that particular moment, Anberlin tweeted that they were sound checking. On a whim, my husband (who is much better at just going for things than I am) decided to reply.

"Hey @anberlin @paperroute you guys need a coffee run? We are at City Brew and will bring you some!"

Crazy, right?  An hour later we were sitting in our hotel room when we got this reply from Paper Route:

"@A_RMartin Seriously?"

And that's how we ended up taking coffee to our favorite band.

The moral of the story? If you have the opportunity to do something cool, go for it. Even if it seems crazy.

Oh, and the fun didn't stop there. Later that night I replied to a tweet by fellow writer and blogger Ksenia Anske to tell her about my successful strategy of tackling my novel one chapter at a time. She replied with this:

"Everyone, guess what, @AshleyN_Martin has completed 1st Draft of her novel. Let's all shout, WOW YOU DID IT!"

I was immediately flooded with congratulations and well wishes from a bunch of wonderful, encouraging, totally awesome complete strangers. 

All in all, it was a pretty great night.

To everyone who took the time to send those beautiful tweets my way--thank you! I am so grateful to be a part of such an amazing community of creative and talented people. Keep up the good work and don't be afraid to have a little whimsy and go for it! You never know what might happen.