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Social Media Cleverness and Fun

I was perusing She Reads–a great book blog, by the way–and came across the humorous tweets of general market author, Deanna Raybourn.


I wish I could tweet funny stuff.

I mostly fill my feed with Scripture — which I love — and Buckeye football. Along with writerly tweets. Informational stuff. You know, borrring.

Here’s a Deanna tweet.  Funny right?

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So how do I get to write funny tweets? Or pithy author bios?

Like this one, from the author of The Royal We.

Heather Cocks is a die-hard sports fan; a dual citizen of the U.S. and U.K.; a Notre Dame grad; a Diet Coke addict; possibly the reincarnated soul of Elvis Presley, who died the exact day she was born; a sandwich advocate; and a former producer of several seasons of America’s Next Top Model.

I mean, I’m a sports fan. I like Diet Coke. And sandwiches? Totally my thing! Come on, it’s like we were separate at birth minus the Elvis part.

Yet I feel dull and boring when I read tweets and bios like these.

Then there’s the wise and wonderful set who fill the cyber world with life changing wisdom in 140 characters or less. I’ve come up with a few good ones now and then. But usually don’t know it and therefore can’t tweet it. Ha!

On my Facebook Page, my trusty and very amazing media assistant, Renee Smith, has created some great memes. She asked for favorite scripture verses from my Likers.

We posted those for six weeks. Those worked really well.

She does quotes from C.S. Lewis and Cory Ten Boom. One uncredited quote about watching our words reached 14,000,000. Yea, wild.

A quote from Michael Jordan reached 8,000,000.

And it started to build a brand on my Facebook.

In the mix, we post book news and memes with books quotes. My goal is to make the Page a place where people stop to get a word of encouragement. To read truth. Get a laugh.

I’m not pithy. Maybe I’m semi-witty. But I can’t woo with my tweets. Yet I can be a source of help and information. A source of Inspiration.

There’s my sweet spot.

Social media can be a tricky river to navigate. It’s a fast moving rapid in which  you have to paddle fast.

Author Jennifer Weiner made a mark in Twitterland with her quirky and rabid tweets about The Bachelor.

I try to follow along with The Voice, tweeting, building relationships but it’s such a quick tweeting process I feel lost in the shuffle.

The point is, social media is vast. Try to find what you think works best for you. Follow the tips provided by the experts but look to add your personality to your posts.

That’s how the world gets to know you.

I like this Deanna Raybourn just based on her tweets. I think we could hang if we ever met up at an author event.

Don’t get frustrated. Be patient. Stay with it.

Here’s a parting Deanna tweet.

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Cluttering Your Creativity? by Donna K. Rice

As I write this post, I’m in the process of packing the many books and supplies in my writing space. We’re downsizing. Sorting many years of collected family treasures, trinkets, and trash has consumed my summer. And yes, I did say trash. It’s amazing to me how many items we stored away thinking them valuable only to find now that we have collected a lot of trash. We cluttered our lives with too much of the unnecessary.

My writing space, left for the end of my sorting melee, turned out to be no different than the rest of our home. Full of the unnecessary. Full of clutter. Clutter weighing down my spirit, mind, and creativity. Clutter stealing my joy. As I rid my home of excess, I find my joy returning. It’s getting easier to pick up an item, determine it serves no purpose, then pitch it in the trash, recycle bin, or donation box.

If you’ve been considering cutting clutter or downsizing your home, here are some things I’ve learned in the last few weeks:

  • Start with the project you least want to tackle. When it’s done, you’ll feel more confident tackling the next room.
  • Don’t give up when you see the next cluttered space.
  • Develop a critical eye as quickly as possible. When I started, I kept too much. I’ve gone back to a few things and let them go.
  • Oh yes, don’t give up when you see the next cluttered space.
  • While it’s easy to plan on doing one room at a time like the organization books say, I found that if I really wanted to get all similar items together, I had to jump back and forth a bit. Better to suffer things being worse for a time if it all comes together nicely in the end.
  • Finally, did I tell you not to give up when you see the next cluttered space?

My writing space will soon be spiffy and ready for potential buyers to peruse as our house goes up for sale. I’ll enjoy the room in its new bare bones state, but what I’m really getting excited about is the freedom breaking loose in my creative mind and heart. Ideas and plans are forming for that day when I can focus on my writing again. I can’t wait to get back to my keyboard.


Donna writes women’s fiction and is represented by Sue Brower of the Natasha Kern Literary Agency. She’s a licensed minister, conference speaker, and estate planning attorney. She also works with GenderSave, a nonprofit seeking to empower women and girls at risk from gendercide practices in India. Contact Donna at donnakrice.com.

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One Writer’s Definition of Speculative Fiction

Most of you know me here on My Book Therapy as the Social Media Mentor. That’s not changing, but I’m adding some new things to my resume. One that I’m super excited about is scifi author.

That’s right. I just signed a contract with Prism Book Group for my Christian science fiction manuscript, ALONE.

With that, Susie decided that I could represent this genre at My Book Therapy. So once a month I’ll be posting on Social Media, and once a month, I’ll be sharing a post about spec fiction!

I was talking with a non-publishing friend a while back, and she asked me what kind of book I was writing.  I told her about my science fiction series and my Steampunk series. Then I said, “Actually the short answer is I write spec.”

At her blank look, I corrected myself. “Speculative fiction.”

If anything, her look got more confused, and I realized she had no idea what I was talking about when I said speculative. So I took the opportunity to explain the term to her.

Speculative, or spec for short, is the umbrella genre where you find all kinds of weird fiction—from science fiction, fantasy, horror, Steampunk, etc. If you go into a mainstream bookstore it’s all the books you find in the science fiction/fantasy section.

And this lead me to an interesting distinction about this term. It’s one you almost exclusively used in the Christian fiction world.

That’s not all that surprising if dig a little and consider the history of Christian fiction. When Christian fiction  began to emerge, there was a deep prejudice against science fiction. Many thought that there could never be such a thing as Christian science fiction.

Odd if you think about it, considering the works of C.S. Lewis, and some of the late nineteenth century writers. Although, strictly speaking his works were fantasy, not science fiction (the difference between fantasy and Science Fiction will be coming).

But back to speculative. These are books where the main components are supernatural. There are always some overlap books, especially now that indie publishing has blown open the doors. It’s possible to have a strong romance or suspense thread in a spec book.

Many of the large Christian publishing houses have spec lines. But one of the leaders of speculative fiction in the Christian world is Enclave Publishing (formally Marcher Lord Press). They ONLY publish spec fiction.

I believe Speculative is a genre that’s here to stay in the Christian publishing world. What do you think?

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