The other day I was talking to my publicists, Tyson and Jeane. They were in the car headed down to ICRS and I felt like I sort of got to ride along on the road trip with them...only I wasn't moving.
This was a good thing considering the recent road trip in the Penske truck which I have no interest in repeating. This way I could stop for restroom breaks without adding to our drive time.
Anyway. In the conversation, Tyson says, in his slight southern drawl, "And I know you already have a Facebook author page, right?"
To which I responded, "Uhhhh...."
I've always been sort of against the whole idea of a Facebook author page. I have a hard time with asking people to "Like" me. Not my page, but me. I mean, when someone clicks like it actually says "Hildegard Hortence LIKES Courtney Walsh."
Feels so weird to me. However, I've discovered that Facebook has done some pretty nifty things with pages, making it kind of important for authors (and companies, etc.) to have... there are tools for tracking your reach and goal setting and all kinds of things I don't yet understand.
So, I did it. I took the plunge and set 'er up.
I feel kinda weird even still, but I'm hoping you'll join me there... and since I can't give everyone brownies like I'd like to, I've decided to offer something else for joining my FB page and/or sharing it with your friends.
Yes, I bribe children, readers, whoever I can...
I have lots of plans for this page... author chats, prizes, giveaways and of course, this is where I'll share the latest book news.
Speaking of which...Look what came in the mail...
So how about a GIVEAWAY?
You know I am DYING to launch this book out into the world, so, I was thinking... if you're up for it...you can "LIKE" my Facebook page and automatically be entered to win an advanced copy of A Sweethaven Homecoming...
BUT. As a bonus, if you SHARE the link to my page on your Facebook, you can come back and leave a comment on my wall and I'll enter you AGAIN.
In the meantime, here's a little peek at the innards of the new baby:
I also had a fairly easy time with the epigraph... because this book is about coming home. It's about something that means more to me than just about everything else...home. And as a person who recently moved home, well, it's extra special, I guess...
So, that's it. My way of bribing you to tell the Facebook world you like me, er, my books, so I can feel an awful lot like Sally Field though not nearly as accomplished or as cool. Or talented.
What do you say? Will ya tell a buddy to join in the fun? I'll choose a winner next Tuesday, July 24th.
Here's the link to the Facebook page.
And here is my eternal gratitude. On a platter.