Monthly Archives: April 2014

Ten More Twitter Mistakes

…you should break immediately.

Just a few more that I thought about but didn’t fit in to my last post.  I apologize in advance for typos, I’m functioning on two hours of sleep. =)

Social Media

1. Overusing Hashtags:

If you do this, it’s annoying, stop it.  For Example: I #published a #book #Read it. #author #publishing #writer

How about. #No

2.  Klout:

I’m sure it’s all very fascinating to you what your klout score is, I just don’t think anyone else gives a monkey’s behind.

3. Retweeting a hundred posts in the space of a few seconds.

Don’t flood your readers, space out your posts, particularly promo posts or retweets.

4. Assuming that someone will follow you because you followed them, then getting irate about it when they don’t.

Just. Don’t.

5. Airing your dirty laundry in public.

Personal drama between you and another author, blogger, reviewer, agent should be kept personal.

6. Failing to fact check.

A simple google search or snopes check will easily tell you if a cry for help, sob story, heroic story or call to action are legitimate or fake.

7. Don’t be passive aggressive.

Passive aggressive posts about ‘not getting comments, reviews, etc’ turn everyone off.  If you wouldn’t want your mother in-law to passive aggressively guilt you into something, don’t do it to your followers.

8(or 7a). Don’t be a jerk.

I think I said this in the last post, but it should be repeated.  If you couldn’t say to someone’s face what you’re typing to someone on twitter, don’t do it.  Frankly, this is more a general rule of thumb than a business/author specific one.

9. Plagiarism.

It’s bad in school, college, life and life in general.  You’ll get busted for it, and you’ll look like a fool, and on one wants that.

Unless you do, and…you have bigger problems.

10.  Things to do:

– have a conversation.

– share parts of your life, story, writing process.

– pet photos….everyone loves pet photos.





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The value of a dollar.

05312009-003wbThere are a few things that are truly pet peeves for me when it comes to books and reading.  Poor grammar, spelling, formatting, etc are certainly high on my list. But lately, there is one thing that has truly been annoying me about ebooks.  There is this trend of super, super short ebooks.  So short that it feels insulting to call it a complete book that are way overpriced.

I see all these 5,000 word books for $2.99 on amazon. I’m amazed. Like really? That’s barely two or three chapters at most. $1.00 a chapter? That feels like robbery to me.

And these aren’t from publishing houses, so the authors do have some control over the pricing.  Here’s the thing.  You shouldn’t under-price your work, but you also shouldn’t overprice it.  I can get a full paperback novel for $6.99.  Why would I voluntarily pay half of that for a book that has three chapters in it?

I’m not certain if there’s a rule book or a list for book pricing, but if there was it should look something like this:

for Ebooks:

< – 10,000 words = $.99 – $1.50

10,000 words – 30,000 = $2.00 – 3.99

30,000 – 50,000 = $4.00+


I think 6.99 is a fair price.

Don’t get me started on how overpriced hardbacks can be.

I’m curious, what do other readers and authors think about the fluctuating prices of the ebook world right now??

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Ten Twitter Mistakes.

Social MediaThat you might be making, but shouldn’t.  Things that in general will do nothing but annoy your followers:

1. Posting your follow/unfollow stats.

No one cares about this but you, seriously, no one.

2. Daily horoscopes.

3. Sending automatic direct messages when someone follows you.

Technically speaking, that is considered spam and could get you blocked & banned.

4. Posting nothing but sales pitches.

Twitter is a conversation. Slamming someone in the head with your product is not engaging in conversation.

5. Devolving into an argument with someone who disagrees with you on something.

Just walk away, ignore the person.  If you’re using Twitter to promote yourself as an author or a business, engaging with a troll or even just a regular follower who disagrees with you only makes you look bad.

6.  Sending individual tweets to every single follower with a link to buy your book/product.

It’s spam. Stop it.

7.  Using all caps, or alternating cApS.

It’s annoying. Stop it.

8. Being a robot.

It’s important to have a personality, unless you are a robot, then I can’t help you.

9.  Not mixing it up.

If you post the same things every single day, it gets repetitive and incredibly boring.

10. Taking without giving.

If you want people to share your posts, you have to engage with them and share theirs.  Quid pro quo.



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Review: Social Media going Zen?

Book reviewI’ve read a variety of books on social media in general and twitter specifically in the past few months.  They tend to fall into a couple of categories.  They are either incredibly boring filled with buzzwords that only half make sense or are somewhat fascinating with useful tips but weighed down by unnecessary tech-speak.  ‘The Tao of Twitter’  by Mark Schaefer doesn’t really fall into either of those categories.

It’s a brilliant book with an equally brilliant, yet simple concept.  The basic premise boils down  to the power of making personal connections.  It’s filled with practical advice, easy to understand explanations and interesting anecdotes.

It’s also a quick read, which is always a plus in this busy world.

I picked the book up with a slight worry that it would be filled with nonsensical information that wouldn’t work for me, and was pleasantly surprised when I was wrong.  I highly recommend it.

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Tell Me a Story: The first crush.

tell your story Hi! I’m Dahlia Donovan, a new indie author.  My debut novel, Ivy, is scheduled for release sometimes this month, hopefully.

I thought I’d tell the story of a crush.

My first crush.

I was five years old when I had my first fluttering when I looked at someone.  My memories are a little fuzzy, it was almost thirty years ago.  My family had traveled through Europe over the summer.  We stayed at a little hostel in Paris, France.  It was in an old building that had massive wooden double doors.  The dining room was home to two very old, wooden tables that were incredibly long.  They covered the length of the room with benches for seats.

Every morning, we’d head downstairs for breakfast of fresh baguettes, butter and jam with yoghurt and hot chocolate.  It was simply divine.


The part that I remember most about the hostel was the young man who was staying there. I think he was in school.  He was French, always called me, ma petite.  I’d run down the stairs and he’d swing me around until I was dizzy and giggling.  I never knew his name.  I don’t remember his face.  I have a vague recollection of a shock of brown hair.  It was silly and  I was five, and he was definitely my first crush. =)

Here’s a little teaser for Ivy:


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