Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Meeting People---In Person and Online

I just returned home this weekend from the first round of touring for my new Kelly Flynn Knitting Mystery, SKEIN OF THE CRIME. I'll be leaving again this Friday. Chicago area and Toulon, Illinois. Please check my website for details. Since I'll be doing larger book events like Publishers Row Lit Fest (Chicago) this time, I'll be meeting even more people. I plan to load some pix to my website at the end of this month.



I love meeting people, so these book events are great fun for me. But----I've also commenced another "people-meeting" activity this June. FaceBook. Yes, I've finally joined. All my fellow Cozy Chicks were on, and I wanted to join them. This past Winter when the rest of the Chicks joined up---and went through that time-consuming learning curve---I was immersed in a lot of "other" business which was really, really time-consuming. So----I simply couldn't afford another endeavor that sucked Time out of my Life.

But, I always knew what a great promotional opportunity FaceBook was. What kept holding me back from joining was Finding the Time. When the other business finally finished up, I was heavily into my current Kelly Flynn mystery and also trying to balance travelling to mystery conferences. Even less time was available.

Then----I got a great idea. I asked my Daughter #2, Melissa in Manhattan, to help me. And, bless her heart, she rode to my rescue. Melissa got me all set up on FaceBook and has been walking me through it. Slowly, I'm afraid. Due to all the book travel I'm doing this month, my FaceBook learning curve is taking longer.

But---I'm on, at last! So----I'll be able to share news and book talk along with the rest of the Chicks. Please drop by and say hi! And---be patient with me for a while. I'll be slow throughout the month of June, then I hope to get up to speed in July. Wish me luck.

I'm curious. Are you on FaceBook? Why or why not?

27 comments:

Shel said...

Well, I was. And then I wasn't. And now I am (as you know). I made an account because a lady I knew from digital scrapbooking asked me to. But since I didn't fully grasp the concept, I didn't use my real name, and I didn't ever get into it. So I deleted the account. Then my husband found out most of his family was using Facebook as a means to keep in touch, so he made an account, and then I had to make another one (this time using my real name), so I could talk to his family, too. Then I found out what a great tool it is for keeping up with "my" authors, and I'm now totally addicted.

Dru said...

I'm on Facebook and I don't know why it took me longer to join. I having fun "talking" with the many authors that I read.

Facebook was where I first was given a hint that I should attend Malice (Thanks Heather!) and when I did, I met the most wonderful authors who treated me like I was a friend.

Where else can I get immediate scoops on authors and their work. I've discovered so many new-to-me authors through Facebook.

I'm glad to see you Facebook and yes, I just friended you.

Andrea C. said...

I am on facebook and, like Dru, wonder why I hadn't been before. I admit I used to make fun of it and the people who were so addicted, but I went on one day to try and find a someone and the rest is history. I love catching up with old high school and college friends - I don't live in my hometown so it is a great way to keep up with the news. Love, love, love it! :)

Heather Webber said...

Maggie, I suspect you'll be getting lots of requests today!

For anyone who's looking, here's Maggie's profile link:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100001137447050&ref=ts

Majik Mom said...

Yes, I am on Facebook. It began innocently to have better communication with family and some long time friends. Discovering other friends and family was the first bonus, then others that shared my interests....like a mushroom in a dark cave, growing, growing!
Glad to see you here Maggie, sent a friend request.

Babs said...

I am on Facebook as well. I did it to connect with old high school friends that have moved away. I have since made a few new friends which makes it all worth while. As some of the others have said I can also keep up with my favorite authors as well.

Deb Baker said...

I absolutely love facebook and the friends I've made there. And I've found long lost relatives and old buddies. Welcome Maggie!

signlady217 said...

My husband is; I'm not. My reason is I'm taking an online class that eats up a lot of my time right now. When I get that finished, then I plan on setting up an account. My husband loves it; has found some old friends and some extended family he hadn't seen in years.

Knit Twit said...

I finally broke down and joined because my child asked me to get her Farmville and I wasn't about to let her go on without supervision. Since then I've inherited Farmville and all the other villes. I've "met" some great people through Facebook, and now wonder why I waited so long!

Linda said...

Maggie....welcome to facebook! I'll be sending my friend request right after I post this. :) I joined up around November of last year and so far have really enjoyed it. I use it just for social stuff....catching up with friends, seeing photos, etc. I don't play the Farmville game or any others that it might have....too time consuming.

Linda

Rural View said...

I'm on Facebook but don't spend much time on it. It really is a great promotional device, though. My friends who write as Dana Hand use it to promote their novel called Deep Creek and have had a lot of success with it.

Jan said...

Welcome to FB, we've been looking for you!!!!

pennyt said...

I raise foster kittens for the local humane society and joined facebook to show off pictures of adoptable kittens. But I've found it to be kind of addicting - have found old grade and high school friends, keep up with family and both animal rescue organizations and my favorite authors. I wonder now why it took me so long.

Maggie Sefton said...

Shel---That's a great recommendation. I love it. I'm sure I'll feel like that once I'm back from Book Tour and can play with it in July.

Dru---Oh, good. I'm so glad you found me. This will be fun, once I have time to really have more time to play.

Maggie Sefton said...

Andrea---I've been watching people re-connect with friends from high school. But that won't happen with me, I'm afraid. Because those folks knew me by my maiden name which was not Sefton. Sefton is another family name, a grandfather from my father's side. So, no high school folks will find me. . .or will they? Maybe they'll look on the back of the title page of my book and find my full name and maybe that will ring a bell. Hint, hint. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Thanks, Heather. You're a sweetie. I appreciate that.

Maggie Sefton said...

Majik and Babs---Okay, guys, I'm going to live the "high school" experience vicariously thru you.

Maggie Sefton said...

Deb---Thanks. I'm working on it. Be patient with me. I hope to be better with it in July.

Signlady---What class are you taking? Just curious.

Maggie Sefton said...

Knit Twit---I've heard about Farmville, and it sounds like I'd better stay away from it. Sounds addictive.

Rural View---Hey, that's good to hear. I'm thinking positive.

Maggie Sefton said...

Linda---Sharing photos will be much, much easier. Wow. That really gives me ideas.

Jan---Hey, thanks! Glad to finally be here.

Pennyt---Ohh, a friend here in Fort Collins raises kittens for the Kitten Rescue. I donated a full set of signed Kelly Flynn mysteries for their silent auction fundraiser last year. Great organization.

Laineshots said...

A good friend begged me to get onto FB. I balked so much that he made an account FOR me, and then sent me the password! When my family saw how much fun I was having, they joined too, and now it's a family bulletin board. We keep up with each other throughout the day. I get to showcase and get feedback on my photos there. And yes, I've found or been found by long-lost friends, too. Now the CozyChicks have found me (thank you, Cleo Coyle/Alice!), and it's even more fun.

BJ said...

I'm still fairly new to Facebook. I joined a while back because my Dad did as a way to network with his clients & potential clients. I thought it would be cool so I started a page. I was hardly ever on it though until I found the pages of all my favorite authors & discovered new authors to friend. It's nice keeping up to date with everyone & check in to see when new releases will be out. Although I was a little reluctant at first, I'm warming up to it and loving it more and more all the time. I'm sure once you get used to it Maggie, you'll love it.

Lori Mager said...

I absolutely love facebook. It's a great way to keep in touch with family and friends, make new friends, relax, and have fun. Welcome aboard.

Maggie Sefton said...

Laineshots---Yours is the classic story. That's exactly what happens to people from all that I've heard. I've simply trying to handle it in snippets while I'm touring for SKEIN OF THE CRIME. Hope to learn in July.

Maggie Sefton said...

I hope so, BJ. Bear with me.

Maggie Sefton said...

Thanks, Lori. I'm looking forward to July where I can relax and do more.

Jan said...

I'm glad you are liking FaceBook!! It's great for me because all of my relatives are in New England or on the East Coast. A whole lot of friends of mine are now in Greece and that's a 10 hour time difference. We can keep in touch without worrying about time and cost! It's so much easier to share pictures too.