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Facebook Groups- Why Authors Need One

If you have spent any time on Facebook lately, you may have noticed a proliferation of Groups. Groups on Facebook have evolved as a way for people with common interests to share information. They can be private and closed, or they can be open, but most require you to request admittance. Simply press the “+Join” button on the group’s page, and a member of the group will add you. (I have not heard about anyone being rejected and not added, so I’m not sure what happens in that case. If anyone knows, please share).

A Great Tool For Authors

Groups are a great tool for authors. If you don’t have your own group page just for your readers, set one up as soon as possible. It’s best if you can think of a catchy name that ties in to your books or your author brand, but if not, at least think of how it might look in a Facebook search. Mine is called, “Renee Regent’s Readers”, and I’d love for you to join us! Message me on Facebook and I’ll send an invite, or you can enter my name in the search bar, and it should come up. I’m showing this as an example, so authors can set up their group, and readers can find the authors they like. It’s a great way to interact with your followers or others interested in your books and to share news, ask for feedback, and do giveaways. I’ve already given away books and swag and plan to do much more in the future.

Why A Group Page?

But why have a reader group page when you have your Author page? The answer is visibility. When you post on your Author page, Facebook restricts how many people see it in their feed. They want you to boost your posts by paying for them. Unfortunately, even that doesn’t get maximum viewing, and several authors are saying they no longer use their pages as much as they used to since hardly anyone sees it. But in a group, all members get notifications when someone posts (it can be the author or administrator of the group, or a member). Thus they are more likely to be aware of posts when they occur, and you may have a higher rate of engagement.

How To Get Members To Join

Once you have set up your reader group, spread the word through all your social media channels, your newsletter, any place you have contacts. Some marketing groups, such as Love Kissed Author Promotions, will do a promotion for a minimal fee to help build your group. Ask other authors or join a few author groups and see what is working for them.

Group Etiquette

Facebook also has a way to add people to your group, by listing your friends next to an “Add” button, but don’t use that. It is considered rude to add someone to a group without asking first, so get their permission or invite them to ask to join your group. It’s a good idea to welcome new members when they join, and when you post, ask questions to get everyone to join in, or have members post their own pictures. Eye candy photos, pet photos, talk about favorite tropes, etc. You can be creative because it’s your group.

Keyword: Anything Goes

There are also many groups now focused on the business side of writing, especially marketing. You can ask questions to the group and get feedback, or simply share your own experiences. Some of the groups I’m in and monitor regularly are Love Kissed Author Promotions, Genre Crave Book Marketing, and Seasoned Romance. There are groups for every genre and subgenere, and every interest under the sun, really. Enter any keyword in the search bar and related groups will appear. It’s that easy.

So take advantage of Facebook groups now, while they are still free and unencumbered by ads. Oops! Did I say that out loud?

What Facebook Groups do you belong to?

 

 

What is it about Jamie Fraser?

Would you step through?

Would you step through?

 

 

I was on Facebook recently (okay, I am on it every day- so what?), and a post had the question- “Who is your favorite Romance Hero of all time?”   Without hesitation, I answered, “Jamie Fraser”.

If that name doesn’t ring a bell, then you have not read the Outlander novel series, by author Diana Gabaldon.  The hugely popular series has sold over 20 million books, and Starz has recently been given the order to begin producing a sixteen-episode show.  Production is set to start in October 2013 in Scotland, where most of the first novel in the series, Outlander, is set.

This is fantastic news for fans of the series as it has been “in development” for several years.  Speculation as to which actor will play Jamie may rival the lively discussions and Pinterest-pinning that the casting of Christian Grey, the Fifty Shades of Grey hero, has generated.

Jamie Fraser made his debut when the time-travel novel, Outlander (“Cross Stitch” in the UK) was first published in 1991.  Part historical, part romance, all adventure, the first novel grabbed me right into the story and seven novels later, (and they are really long, averaging nine hundred  pages each) I am still excited to read the latest one. Outlander begins the intricate tale of a WWII Army nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall, who is accidentally thrown back to 1743 Scotland,   transported abruptly after an encounter with some mysterious standing stones.  Without giving away too much of the story, she meets Jamie their lives are entwined thereafter.

So why did Jamie make such an impression on me?  Let me count the ways:

He’s a Scot!  I know, the whole obsession with Highlanders is passé, but there is just something about that accent, and the Scots attitude toward life.  I also devoured all of Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander novels (before DarkFever), and while her heroes were always hot, I never got the chance to really know them like I did Jamie.

  1. He’s physically strong and sexy- very tall (over 6’) and fit.  I usually don’t care for red hair, but it sounds like it looks damn good on him!
  2. He has honor and integrity.  He has a code of honor which he stubbornly adheres to.
  3. He is brave.  He survived countless battles, abuses, injuries and illnesses.  Hell, if my memory is correct, he even fought a bear!
  4. He has a wicked sense of humor.  The dry comments he makes that hit the nail on the head every time.
  5. He seems more “real” than other heroes, perhaps due to the level of detail in these novels.  His age progresses through each book, so by the time I read Echo In The Bone (the most recent, published in 2009) I knew so many intimate facets of him- his body, his personality, his past.
  6. He’s a really good lover- passionate and caring.  There is not a lot of sex in the series, but when there is, it fits the situation and is usually charged with emotion.  I like the fact that Ms. Gabaldon doesn’t “fade to black”, but writes the sex scenes as a natural occurrence in her character’s lives.  While not titillating or overly explicit, she does describe their feelings, physical and emotional. Enough to give you a real sense of the type of lover Jamie is.
  7. He’s smart.  Not only book smart, but cunning.  A great strategist who can think his way out of some of the most impossible situations.  At one point, I knew I had several more books in the series to read but had no idea how Jamie was going to survive the current crisis at hand to make it into the next chapter, let alone the next book.

I could probably go on with this for days, but I will stop here and start counting the minutes until the Starz series debuts.  In the meantime, if you are curious about what Jamie really looks like and can’t wait for the series, I have tip for you.

Ms. Gabaldon shared a YouTube video on her Facebook page recently, featuring a Gaelic band from the 1970’s called Runrig.   She shared it because the bass player looked strikingly similar to how she pictured Jamie.  I was pleased to find that he did indeed look quite similar to what I had envisioned.  You can click for the link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXG0EX7rXZI

Let’s hope that whichever actor they choose to play Jamie captures the essence of his character, even if he does not match our collective mental images of his physical body.  This widely admired series deserves the best adaptation available.  My only concern is- what will they choose to cut?  The novels are so detailed, condensation is a must.

I am looking forward to the debut, in any case.  More Jamie, in any form, is a good thing.  Who’s with me?