YA Indie Carnival: 11 ways to put the SOCIAL in your media. Or how Social Media rocked my world!

Happy 11-11-11! Here are the 11 ways SOCIAL media rocked my world this year :)

1. It hooked me up with the most incredible group of authors that became true friends and it all started at the YA Indie Carnival!

2. This lead to The Paranormal Plumes Society.

3. And lead to The Pacific Northwest YA Authors after we manned a booth at Wordstock.

4. And, I only published Winnemucca last July! It’s only been 6 months :)

5. If it wasn’t for these amazing groups of authors, I wouldn’t have known how to go about publishing my books, ebooks or otherwise.

The Rain Boots Required Tour hits First Fridays For Teens at the West Linn Library

6. Because of these amazing groups of authors, I created a paperback version of Winnemucca and 13 on Halloween. Because of the tours we all went on, I needed to have something to sign, right?

7. I visited the lovely city of Savannah, GA where we had our haunted book tour!

8. I was interviewed on TV, for a live Mid-Morning show and made a friend for life in the amazing Nichole Chase. We’ll never forget the day we actually met fact-to-face!

9. I bought rain boots, real cute ones with owls on them:) Because a girl can’t go on The Rain Boots Required Tour without them!

From the top clockwise, Rebecca Knight, Laura A. H. Elliott, Stacey Wallace Benefiel, Angela Carlie & Lisa Nowak

10. I pulled my car away from a gas tank before I was done pumping gas. Yeah, I was a little tweaky and lost after I left the Portland Convention Center for the first time. And those guys in OR pump your gas for you. My. Bad.

11. I even discovered the joys of VooDoo doughnuts–I can’t tell you my favorite, but Angela and Stacey know which one it is. What happens at Wordstock, stays at Wordstock, right ladies?

I always smile when I read articles on “Social media.” It seems like the articles are really focused on the media part, and the “how-to’s” and sort of clinical. They kind of ignore the social part. I mean seriously! I couldn’t have been more social this year if I tried! These gals have completely inspired me, made my belly ache so hard I couldn’t laugh any more, and they even help me brave the streets of Savannah on its most haunted weekend and the ghosts of the most haunted house I’ve ever been in. We have inspired each other and ate at great long tables together, drinking glasses of blue slush while we all told amazing stories. This all happened because we went on Twitter or Facebook or whatever it was that hooked us up and we clicked “follow” or “friend.” I wish there was a button for what happens next.

1. Laura A. H. Elliott author of Winnemucca & 13 on Halloween, Book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series 2. Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3. Heather Self 4. T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series
5. Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga 6. Darby Karchut, author of GRIFFIN RISING
7. Lexus Luke 8. PJ Hoover, Author of SOLSTICE, Blogging at ROOTS IN MYTH
9. Cheri Schmidt, author of the Fateful Trilogy 10. Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog
11. K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed 12. Patti Larsen, The Hunted series and The Hayle Coven series
13. Courtney Cole, author of The Bloodstone Saga 14. Amy Maurer Jones, Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy
15. Dani Snell’s Refracted Light Reviews 16. Fisher Amelie, author of The Understorey
17. M. Leighton, Blood Like Poison Series, Madly, The Reaping 18. Abbi Glines, author of Breathe and The Vincent Boys
19. Kimberly Kinrade, Bits of You & Pieces of Me, Forbidden Mind 20. Madeline Smoot, Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls
21. Cidney Swanson, author of Rippler 22. Nicole Williams, author of Eternal Eden, Falling Eden
23. Gwenn Wright, author of Filter

ON A PERSONAL NOTE: Many of you have been so kind to me and my family when we went through our tough time in June when our nephew was wounded in Afghanistan. And I thought Veterans Day would be a great time to give you an update. Nothing inspires me quite like my nephew Cody and his fiance Katy. And, despite Cody’s tangle with an IED in Afghanistan, Katy and Cody are going to the Marine Ball in Vegas, baby! And Katy is rocking an extremely hot dress too BTW! And heels to match. At 20 and 21 they have come through the hardest of times. Semper Fi. Much gratitude to you all for your thoughts and prayers. As you can tell, they made a huge difference and not a day goes by that I don’t think about the outpouring of love you showed Cody, Katy and our family. Thank you.

15 Comments on “YA Indie Carnival: 11 ways to put the SOCIAL in your media. Or how Social Media rocked my world!

    • I know! And I can’t wait to meet-meet you in FL! They should have an App for that:) HILARIOUS. I’m so excited about your books too, Courtney. Way to go, amiga!

    • I love the variety! It’s so fun to mix it up. You give two people the same writing prompt and look what great stuff happens! I LOVE MOVIES! I’m heading over to read all about it now. I’m so happy that social media lead me to you books too! Lovely writing!

    • Right? That’s what’s so funny. You never know what clicking on that icon or pressing “follow” will lead to:) hee-hee If it wasn’t for Twitter, I wouldn’t have met M. And if it wasn’t for M., I never would have met you! I feel so lucky that y’all are part of the wolfpack:) It’s freaking amazing. *group hug* Thanks for stopping by, Dani!

  1. Awesome! And I agree 100%–what an amazing thing this process is–congrats on all the success (and new friends) and much much more for 2012 :)

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