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Weekend review

I return to my paycheck job tomorrow. All told, it was a busy and productive weekend. I posted a promo for my appearance on blog talk radio Friday to drive folks to listen in and participate. I followed this up with a semi aggressive Twitter campaign Saturday morning.

My instructions were to call a telephone number fifteen minutes before the show started. My host, Beem Weeks answered and we chatted on the lead up to showtime. He asked if I was nervous. I told him that I’ve been on radio before, and do a bit of public speaking. I suppose I could have simply answered “no.”

I wasn’t a bit nervous. Then this lady with a British accent interrupted and told us it was ten minutes until showtime. It’s a pretty good way to make sure everything comes together perfectly. Except the countdown lady picks up her pace as the time gets nearer, and she sounds just like this:

Okay, I’m nervous now! It went off without a hitch. All the questions were sent in by members of the Rave Reviews Book Club. I checked the hashtag after the show, but didn’t recognize anyone outside the club. Maybe they had to pay people to show up?

I think it went well, and we had a good time. One fellow said he bought Experimental Notebook while we were on the air. By the end of the day he left me an amazing five star review. It’s a short quick read, and finishing it all at once is entirely possible.

It’s been archived now, and you can listen in any old time you like. You just can’t participate. Here is the link.

We picked up our winterized camper and put it away for the year. We also had them do some little warranty things while they had it. We followed up with date night at our favorite Mexican restaurant.

I managed to post the final installment of assessing the promotional stuff. These three posts were pretty well received, but it’s pretty obvious that Amazon advertising got the most interest.

I’ve been playing around with my new apps to make pictures specifically for Twitter. It seems nobody reads the tweets without a picture. This one, for The Cock of the South, performed pretty well.

There is a little bar graph icon on Twitter that will tell you if anyone saw it, retweeted it, or opened your purchase link.

So far, people are opening the link on every post. They aren’t leading to sales, and maybe that’s my blurb not doing its job.

This post for The Experimental Notebook didn’t perform quite as well, but it did perform.

I have several more ideas in mind that might draw some attention. I took a photo of my soup ladle today, and can mention The Soup Ladle of Destiny on my next campaign.

Today, I made oxtail soup. (Why the ladle was out.) I did all this while lurking on an author chat room where we talked about a couple of books.

Charles Yallowitz and I posted our Point – Counterpoint, and I think it was a rousing success. It got a ton of comments, and several people asked us to do it again some time. It’s still gaining comments right now. You can check it out over at Charles’ blog. I’ll tour back through a few more times today and tomorrow and respond to everyone.

That’s about it, other than stealing some time to read a good book. I wish my Apple Pencil would hurry up and get here. I could use it to create images for Twitter. Lisa would look good standing before the flames to promote her short story, Bombshell Squad.

I still need to play around more with PhotoFunia. That’s my other new app, but this image performed pretty well. I used a filter on it, and it stopped a lot of people for a few seconds on Twitter.

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Join me on Blog Talk Radio tomorrow

For clarity’s sake, today is Friday, November 13, 2015. Some of you might not find this until later, but don’t despair these shows are archived and can be listened to any time.

I’ve been invited by Beem Weeks to be a guest on his program, Beyond The Cover tomorrow. We’re going to be talking about my book, Will O’ the Wisp.

Beem has a book called Jazz Baby that is getting a lot of attention right now. You can check it out here. He is also a WordPress blogger, and his site is here. His Twitter handle is @BeemWeeks.

Beem is a fellow member of the Rave Reviews Book Club, and the club helped set up these radio programs. Those of you who listen live can also participate. Here is how it all works:

The website is Beyond the Cover. Go there, turn your speakers up and enjoy. If you send questions over Twitter, Beem will filter them and ask them over the air. You have to include this hashtag #RRBCBeyondTheCover. You do not have to be a Rave Reviews member to participate, and I’d enjoy hearing from you guys, members or not.

The internet is worldwide, and we aren’t all in the same time zone. The show is at 11:00 AM where I live. To make it easier for you, I found this handy dandy timezone converter. Just enter 11:00 AM in Boise, Idaho on one side, on the other side enter your location and it will tell you when the show is live. Easy peasy.

Check out Beem’s blog and book. He wasn’t obligated to do this for me, and I’d like to support him too. Join us tomorrow on Blog Talk Radio.

I’ll probably Tweet this out a few times tomorrow before the show starts, and appreciate those who do the same for us.

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