Category Archives: Blogging

A reminder: Facebook, Twitter, email newsletter

Here’s my annual reminder: This blog isn’t the only place to find me online. I hang out around the Net, and offer several ways to keep up with information about my upcoming books, conferences and conventions, and courses I’m teaching. To encourage you to check out these sites, I will also note: sometimes I give books away through Facebook, Twitter, or my email newsletter.

Find me online:

MegGardiner.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/MegGardinerBooks

Twitter: @MegGardiner1

Sign up for my email newsletter.

For future reference: stuff I don’t do on the blog

Lying for a Living is where I talk about writing, life, and, sometimes, crazed monkeys. This blog is my house party, and I invite everybody who’s interested to come in and join the conversation.

It’s not a billboard for rent, and neither is my reputation.

Recently I’ve received a number of requests to post articles or promote books by other authors. The people making these requests sometimes offer to pay me money. Sometimes they offer to reward me with “engagement” and “exposure.” I’ve also been asked to interview authors and publish features about them, and to review their books. So, for future reference:

1.  I don’t post ads on my blog.

2. I don’t post paid-for content on my blog.

3. I’m not a freelance feature-writer or book reviewer.

4. This is not a book blog. That is: the purpose of this blog is not to interview authors and post reviews. Many terrific blogs do that — this just isn’t one of them.

Publicists, marketers, and salespeople: Repeatedly requesting that I post your paid content will not convince me to do so. Especially when you promise “to pay handsom ($20).” This weekend, such a salesperson wanted to know my reasons for declining their out-of-the-blue requests. I replied: “Even if I posted somebody else’s article, I would never choose content from a source whose emails contain 12 errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Doing so would damage my own reputation. Sorry.”

Authors: If you’ve hired a publicist who sends me marketing materials for your self-help book and asks when I can schedule an author interview, you’re wasting your money. Likewise, if your publicist’s strategy consists of having you write to people you don’t know, saying, “I’d love to work with you on the release of my memoir,” that strategy is likely to backfire. Especially when all the work would seem to be on my end — reading your book and then “posting about it however you’d like (review, blurb, article about a particular issue, etc.)” before “giving away the eBook (for free) to any of your readers who share the post on Twitter/Facebook/Etc. (Or any other kind of incentive you’d like to use.)” Because guess what? You’re not actually offering me your “clout.” You’re asking me to spend at least 20 hours promoting your book for free. Ain’t gonna happen.

Spam update!

Yesterday’s post talked about the message that I found in the blog’s spam filter — the message that said, “You are the worst author”. Today I found a new message, caught in the spam filter in response to that post:

Do you have any video of that? I’d care to find out more details.

I hate to tell the spambot (named “project freedom”), but I don’t. I don’t even know how an author would get video — what, of the wanton use of adverbs? Stories with characters made out of such flimsy cardboard that they’d melt under a garden sprinkler? Plots with holes so big that the Blue Angels could fly through them, side by side?

I’m waiting to see what spam delights come next.

And I’m off on a long flight to the USA. Back tomorrow.

2012: the blog year in review

As 2012 winds down, here’s a roundup of the posts that were most read on the blog this year:

Just in case, you know, you need a handy list.

Reminder: find me on Twitter, Facebook, and via newsletter

You all know I love this blog, and love talking to you here at Lying for a Living. But I’m also online at other places — places where I offer quick thoughts, post links, chat back and forth with people, and provide tell-all-exposés about my past life as an assassin nun in the Rome of the Borgias. Little things like that.

I’m on Twitter @MegGardiner1.

I’m on Facebook.

I write an email newsletter. Not often — not often enough to clog your inbox — but a couple of times a year, generally when, well, I have news. Generally about a new book coming out. And to receive it, all you have to do is click this link and add your name and email address.

I hope to see you around.

New stuff coming soon

Besides typing like a maniac on the first draft of a new novel, I’m working on some new content for MegGardiner.com. It’s not a secret project, but it’s taking me a little time. And I hope you’ll enjoy it.

And that’s it for the moment.

Anything weird or wonderful going on out there in your world?

Today in my spam filter, or the do’s and don’ts of “liking”

Behind the scenes, WordPress.com runs a robust spam filter that catches fake comments — about payday auto loans and pretty young Ukrainian girls who are dying to be my bride — before those comments are posted on the blog. I always check the filter, because every now and then a legitimate comment gets netted and put in the pen.

The “names” attached to these spam comments are usually things like “Ergonomic C1 al is” or “a;soif3aenr.” But today I found one that sounded both desperate and trendy: “Buy Facebook Likes.”

Note: If you think buying Likes sounds like a plausible plan to help you market your product or yourself, back away from the computer.

Better yet, read “How to get more likes on Facebook: Don’t do this.”

Go on. It’s a cartoon. Read it, and then tell me which of the creative suggestions for actually getting people to like your work is your favorite. Personally, I choose “Paint a portrait of George Washington defeating Skynet while riding atop a bald eagle.”