Friday, April 24, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Twitter asks one question and one question only: "What are you doing?" To answer this simply complex question, users can answer via the web, instant message or mobile texting within the 140 character limit. Example: Writing a blog post on Twittering.
But with only 140 characters, users must be mindful of the length of their tweet. For example, if I wanted to share the link to my blog post, I would exceed the 140 characters. However with the convenience of tinyurl.com, I have the option of making a long URL tiny. Example: http://phenixpublicity.blogspot.com/2009/04/twitter-dumb.html to http://tinyurl.com/cm8orx
Now that you know what to say and how to say it on Twitter, here are few more helpful hints to decoding tweets.
# - hashtag. Placed in front of terms to make it easier to search for on search.twitter.com
i.e., Sci-Fi authors at #Phenix Publicity
@ - reply. Indicates you are replying to a specific user or mentioning a user in your tweet
i.e., For more info about what's going on at #Phenix Publicity, check out @PhenixandPhenix
RT - retweet. A repost of someone else's tweet
i.e., @PhenixandPhenix tweets, "New children's author celebrates Earth Day April 22."
I want to post this tweet as my update: RT @PhenixandPhenix New children's author celebrates Earth Day.
So now, everyone go out and tweet away!
Still confused? Feel free to check out the sites below for more information:
Qwitter - A website allowing you to track when followers quit following you on Twitter
Ping.fm - A website which allows you to update all your social networks at one time
The Ultimate Guide to Everything Twitter - Great information with more glossary terms, Twitter etiquette, articles, applications and use with cell phones
Friday, April 17, 2009
The Noticer Project: What is all the fuss about?
Pages and pages of notices on TheNoticerProject.com
Because Someone Cares
Giving up on Perfect
Heart to Heart With Holley
Chick With Books
Sarah Hay's Blog
The Fuzzy Blog
Pastor Joey's Wife
Ides of May
A Writer's Edge
Bloggin' 'bout Books
Laura's Imperfect Blog
It's My Life
Connecting to Impact
The Surrendered Scribe
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
However, I do like a good Zombie story and/or flick. What do they have to do with each other?
This, dear reader, is what they have to do with each other:
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance (Quirk Books) by Seth Grahame-Smith hit the shelves earlier this month to great success. As of this writing, the book is in the top 5 on The New York Times’ Paperback Trade Fiction Best Seller List. The “literary mash-up” opens with this take on the immortalized first line of Pride and Prejudice: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." Indeed. This week, Grahame-Smith granted The Toronto Star a fun interview about the book and how it came to be.
According to Slashfilm.com, studios are now clamoring for the movie rights to the Zombie-ized retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Also, last week Publisher’s Weekly reported that Grahame-Smith has inked a new, two book deal worth six figures with Grand Central Publishing. His first mash-up with Grand Central: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Per PW: “The proposal for Grahame-Smith's new book sold at auction Wednesday and the story is a loose sketch of Lincoln's life with one twist--honest Abe is the world's most skilled vampire hunter.”
What literary mash-ups would you like to see?
Friday, April 10, 2009
Kris Saknussemm coming to Austin update: BEERLAND!
Take me back to Manhattan: Jack Ford's book launch recapped
Jack is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning television news anchor and former trial lawyer. Since becoming a journalist, he has served as an anchor and correspondent for NBC News, ABC News and Court TV. He is recognized as one of the top legal journalists in America and currently co-anchors TruTv’s “In Session.” A graduate of Yale University, where he is currently a visiting professor, and the Fordham University School of Law, Ford has also been the recipient of a number of honorary degrees, recognizing his professional accomplishments and his extensive public service work.
For all of his accomplishments he is quite the gentleman, refreshingly humble and truly a one-of-a-kind guy. The trip to New York was a whirlwind. I flew in and caught a cab into the city on Tuesday afternoon. The event was that evening and right around the corner from my hotel and Grand Central Station.
Numerous friends, family and colleagues were in attendance to support and celebrate Jack and “The Osiris Alliance,” some of which included Dan Abrams, NBC News chief legal correspondent, Ashleigh Banfield, “In Session” anchor, Katie Couric, “CBS Evening News” anchor, and Jamie Floyd, “In Session” anchor. I was pleased to meet Jack’s wife, Dorothy, and his extended truTV family. Jack signed copies of “The Osiris Alliance,” told his story about how John Grisham pulled him aside and told him to just write the book and posed for pictures with friends and family.
I flew back to Austin the next day and was surprised to see snow flurries on my trek back to JFK. Snow in April was a big deal to this Texas girl!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Where social media meets a perspective-changing movement
As you will read below, there is an amazing amount of buzz building for Andy Andrews' new book, The Noticer (Thomas Nelson, Apr. 2009).
Thomas Nelson is a longtime client of ours and they regularly bring us great books by leading authors. They also push the envelope with their creativity and willingness to step outside the box. We're happy to be working with them and Andy Andrews on The Noticer Project, which launched yesterday.
Here are a few public examples of those taking part in The Noticer Project:
Monday, April 6, 2009
Mt. Hermon Conference: Day 4
- I've been communicating back and forth with the office and we've got a tremendous amount of buzz building for the launch of The Noticer Project tomorrow. Who will you notice? Learn more about the grassroots movement here.
- One of the authors in my morning track, BJ Hamrick, has a great blog for teens here.
- I know I mentioned this but it's really remarkable to hear the chatter around this coffee shop--60-70 year old authors saying things like "follow me" and "did you just 'tweet me'?" Good stuff.
- Have I mentioned that Bill Butterworth is funny? Another great performance from him last night.
- I'm ready to see my family--my man Luke (18 months old) is going to be twice as tall when I get home. Can't wait to see him.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Mt. Hermon Conference: Day 2
- Bill Butterworth is one funny dude. He gave his first talk last night and the guy had us eating out of his hands.
- I've got some very smart, savvy authors in my course, including Annie Downs, Sharon Norris Elliott, Holley Gerth and others that I will get dirty looks from for not mentioning here.
- My poor roommate. Every time I roll over in bed it sounds like I'm doing a cannon-ball on a creaky set of box-springs. It's brutal.
- I haven't had to dodge any careening branches yet today--stay tuned.
- All weekend I have been asked for examples of an author with a good Web presence and I always point people to my good friend Vicki Courtney. Her website is excellent and her blog is even better.
- The food is amazing here--I feel like I'm on a cruise. I thought people were just being nice but it's as good as advertised.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Mt. Hermon Conference: Day 1
- Rachel Williams and Dave Talbot have done a tremendous job so far with this event--both hold up to their great reputations.
- I just had a chance to see Anita Higman's new book, Love Finds You in Humble, TX, and it looks very impressive. Kudos to Summerside Press for a great cover.
- Mary E. DeMuth has a new novel out called Daisy Chain that is getting some very good buzz.
- I had a great conversation with the always charming Brandilyn Collins last night and enjoyed hearing more about her soon-to-be released novel, Exposure.
- I enjoyed meeting Bruce W. Martin yesterday and hearing more about his speaking and forthcoming book, Your Perfect Storm.
Although I'm thrilled to be at Mt. Hermon, I am bummed to be missing what should be a very fun wedding tomorrow. Our manager of media relations, Stephanie Mayabb, is getting married tomorrow to Jeremy Ridge in Austin. Congrats to them both--a great couple starting what should be an awesome journey.