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Blog Tour: Henrietta and the Dragon Stone (The Five Kingdom #2) by Beth Barany


Blog Tour: Henrietta and the Dragon Stone (The Five Kingdom #2) by Beth Barany.

Congratulations to my friend Beth Barany who is touring her second novel in the Five Kingdom series!

And if you want speak with Beth in person, she is participating in Day of the Book – March 8th at JFK University –  only $20 for a whole day of authors, books and networking!

via Blog Tour: Henrietta and the Dragon Stone (The Five Kingdom #2) by Beth Barany.

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The Reluctant Twitter

Twitter for AuthorsSometimes I  cannot ignore the signs, even if you work really, really hard.

The first sign was my friend Beth Barany just published her  excellent book Twitter for Authors and she asked me to review it.

Then my client Julia Stege, who is on the verge of launching her first book, pinned me down (and oh lord that’s something else to manage) and offered to help me with whatever social media eludes me.

And that was, again, Twitter. As if a little bird told them.

For good information, reference Beth’s book and Julia’s Web site.

If you’re flummoxed about how to approach the damn thing, stay here, it won’t take long.

Once I realized that Twitter was really just a very  large cocktail party juiced by illegal steroids, it made it easier to answer one of the first questions in Twitter for Authors: What kind of relationship do you want with Twitter?

Up until now, I’ve treated Twitter as a seething noise of one night stands. Then I thought it was only for other people because the music was too loud.  Finally, with the party idea to help, I realized that what I wanted now was connection  – even a few minutes connecting and conversing is  valuable and worth the time  spent.  How many times do we leave a party satisfied because of a few marvelous one on one conversations?

To find those connection Julia told me to find and follow people I find interesting and who,  therefore, would be interested in what I have to offer.  And go ahead and have some fun (this was recommended by both these experts).  Just as you have more fun discussing Renaissance Art instead of networking for your insurance business, a Twitter conversation about your favorite show or film  may be just the connection you need.

Share the love. When we introduce people at a party we often say – hey, I think you’ll like Sue, she quilts just like you –  we are part of the connections and will benefit even as we hook up our pals.

Like every advice column we’ve ever read, Twitter follows the age old trope of be interested in other people and they in turn, will find you flipp’n fascinating.

So limit how much you talk about yourself   (As soon as you start over promoting your products, you web site and yourself, everyone else will  stampede  for the stuffed mushrooms).  Share something, quote your friends, promote their books, it will make you look that much better.

I love a party, but if you don’t, then (staying with the party metaphor) Twitter maybe exactly the thing for you.  You can take your time, respond when you want, and join conversations on your own terms. You don’t even need to worry about your hair.

Okay, one more question  from Twitter for Authors; What does winning the social media game look like to you?

What does wining at a party or networking event look like?  Is winning walking away with a date for the next night?  Finding the perfect mate?  Finding the perfect job or employee?

I think Beth makes a good point, if we don’t know what we’re after, it’s hard to get terribly involved or enthusiastic about the game.

So get Twitter for Authors, figure out what you want from Twitter and join the conversation.  Talk to me, I’ll be looking for you.


Beth will discuss her book and how to Tweet Better –  on Newbie Writers Podcast  Friday August 23rd.  I can never keep track of what episode number it is.  Just head to Newbie Writers.

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How to Create That Short Bio

We all know to create a short elevator speech right?  It’s also called the 30 second speech.  When someone asks you what you do – you respond with a practiced, brilliant, witty, concise biography that includes the big picture of what you do, something about what you love or your passion, and a call to action close.

Daffodils by MichaelAnd if that wasn’t enough pressure, we also should have a similar one for our quick bios at the end of our blog posts, linked in, tags to speeches and advice and of course, on our web sites.

If you have it down, all the brilliant and sparkly stuff that makes for a compelling introduction – good for you!  Send it to me as a stellar example and I’ll read it out on the podcast.

But maybe you do not have one of these handy autobiographies  at the ready.  If not, my friend Beth Barany created a nice outline for how to create a short bio.

Check it out!

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Beth Barany speaks at Day of the Book

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Day of the Book

Day of the Book

April 20, 2013

JFKU 100 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA

Time: 10-4

My friend Beth is a fabulous speaker and is so willing to share everything she knows!  Come and hear her speak at Day of the Book:

WHAT IS YOUR BIG IDEA? –   Beth Barany

Many people have something to say, a big message they want to share with the world. But they don’t know how to get it out of their head and onto the page. In this talk, by writing coach and novelist, Beth Barany, she’ll take you through the simple, yet powerful steps to get your powerful message into a book.

Award-winning novelist, Beth Barany is a creativity coach for writers, helping them complete their books, and get them into the hands of their readers. Her latest book for writers is Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers.


$35 with lunch

Faculty, staff, alumnae:  $25

Students: $20

Morning events open to the public 10-12

Panel discussion (lunch) 12-1

Literary salon 2-4

More on Beth

For early reservations contact: Catharine at

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