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text 2016-06-28 13:59
LIS and Social Media

When it comes to social media, I've used different kinds, both personally and professionally. While there are tons of different social media platform, the ones that I've found I've had the most success with are Twitter and Instagram.


Based on my tendency to chit-chat (which you've all probably noticed in my posts), you'd think that personally and professionally I would prefer to steer away from microblogging. But in my experience I've found that microblogging--which, for those of you who might be new to the social media world, is blogging with a very limited amount of space--is the best route to go if you want to have any kind of professional presence, and it certainly helps those of us who are long-winded to maintain a manageable personal presence.


For example: as an English major, a MLS student, and a part-time Material Support Specialist, books play a very central part in my life: in my personal and professional world, I do a lot of sharing about books, about quotes, about authors, etc. When it comes to reviews and lengthy conversations, places like this Booklikes page are fantastic. But when I'm snapshotting a picture of my favorite book or an intriguing quote, or when I'm highlighting a particular author, I don't need an entire blog post...and that is where social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram come in.

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text 2016-05-30 14:00
Themis-Athena Elsewhere

This is a bandwaggon I'd hoped never to have to jump onto, but just in case -- here are links to my profile pages on other websites:


ThemisAthena on Leafmarks

Themis-Athena on Goodreads

Themis-Athena on Libib

ThemisAthena on FictFact

Lioness at Large on Wordpress

ThemisAthena on Pinterest

Ulrike on LinkedIn

Ulrike on Facebook


Essentially my handle is the same on all sites except for LinkedIn, Facebook and Wordpress; just note that sometimes it's hyphenated and sometimes it isn't, depending on the respective site's user name parameters.


ETA1: My Wordpress blog -- Lioness at Large -- is now operational, too.  Currently I'm still mainly copying my reviews there just to have an additional home for them, but I think from here on out I'll be blogging on WP as well.


The only other sites (besides BookLikes) where I've so far actually interacted with others are Leafmarks and Facebook.


ETA2: Well, duh.  Bookstooge just shared Leafmarks's announcement that the site will be shutting down as of July 1.  There goes yet another option then ...


So that leaves Facebook as the only other site where I am truly active.  Time to start experimenting with the others for real, I supose.


FWIW, up to now, this has been my stance vis-à-vis my accounts on the other sites, respectively (and to the extent not expressly struck, the following is still true):


Libib and Fictfact to me are merely (as yet incomplete) backup book catalogues.


Pinterest is my "everything but the kitchen sink" meme repository.


Wordpress is not much more more than an ID and a blog devoid of even the first post at the moment, so as to be able to follow other people's blogs (on WP and elsewhere).  Depending on how things go on here, this may or may not change.
It has changed.


LinkedIn is another "just in case" account.


Goodreads, finally, is also merely a temporary expedient.  I pulled out of there in 2013 and have no intention to go back for good -- just using my vestige ID as a fall back option in the current situation.



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text 2014-01-03 21:58
2014 Update on the Sequel to Desperate Pursuit in Venice
Desperate Pursuit in Venice (#1) - Karynne Summars

In 2013 I published my first novel and joined a large author community, i.e. the World Literary Cafe and MARSocial as well as BookLikes. I never thought that fellow authors would support each other that much, so I was more than pleasantly surprised.  

While busy writing the sequel to Desperate Pursuit in Venice, I met the independent filmmaker KeeranVaani Creations and joined them as Executive Producer for the movie DiSTurBeD, a psychological thriller/mystery horror movie. While this was not on my plan for 2013, their passion and commitment convinced me to do so and has since widened my horizon for 2014. 

Update for Sequel to Desperate Pursuit in Venice (DPIV) 

Work in Progress: 36,700 words written so far. More emotional twists and turns for Luca, Kataryna, Roberto, Carlotta and Francesco. I have also introduced new interesting characters in the sequel. I know that I am a little behind because I had planned to publish the sequel around year-end but I have a good excuse- DiSTurBeD Movie. 
Have a look: www.disturbedmovie.com

However, this gives you, the readers, some more time to finish or start reading DPIV.
Meanwhile here is an excerpt from Chapter Six of Desperate Pursuit in Venice for those who haven't read it yet. FYI: It has some adult content. This excerpt was published via MARSocial in connection with their Author of the Year Competition which I entered last year.http://marsocial.com/docs/desperate-p...

I have also recently entered a competition on LinkedIn. If you would like to support me, please follow the below link and click "Like" on LinkedIn. 
Here is my link.

I wish you all the best, personally and professionally for 2014 and beyond.


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text 2012-10-04 08:00
Social Networking Promotes Authors

Article originally posted on the Infinity Publishing Blog.


by John F. Harnish


The concept of social networking has been spreading across the nation as more and more folks discover theconcept of connecting with family, friends, and associates on line.


One of the more popular websites for social networking is Twitter. Twitter is a free service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing??? The New York Times recently called Twitter “one of the fastest-growing phenomena on the Internet.” Membership is free and signing up takes only a few minutes. Also, when you join Twitter you’ll see a listing of your friends who are already members.


An equally popular online connection is FacebookThe company’s overview explains Facebook's mission: to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Many millions of people use Facebook every day to keep up and stay in touch with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. There is no membership fee and the sign-up procedures provide members with the means to create and customize their profile – this feature is common to all social networks.


social networking

LinkedIn is an interconnected network of experienced professionals from around the world, representing hundreds of industries and countries. You can find, be introduced to, and collaborate with qualified professionals who you may need to work with to accomplish your goals. This is an opportunity for non-fiction authors to connect with people interested in discussing similar areas of interest.


If you want to connect with other writers, authors, and poets, then Author Nation, produced and sponsored by Infinity Publishing, is the perfect social site for you. Visit www.authornation.com to join thousands of folks exchanging ideas and opinions that are of interest to authors. One of its unique features is you can post your writings on your profile page for readers to comment and perhaps make suggestions. Private Messages can be sent to members and there are lots of open forum topics to post your questions or comments.


Books of Excellence is a North American co-op for published authors. The website is a promotional showcase for the books their member authors have published. Members are encouraged to read and review books by other members. There is a nominal annual membership fee.


iReport.com is a free user generated site. That means the stories submitted by users are not edited, fact-checked or screened before they post. Only the stories marked On CNN have been vetted by CNN for use in CNN's global news coverage. Lots of people argue about what constitutes news. Really, it's just something that happens some place or to someone. Whether that something is newsworthy mostly depends on who it affects – and who's making the decision. On iReport.com that is you! So CNN built this site and equipped it with some nifty tools for posting, discovering, and talking about what you think makes the cut. If your book directly relates with a breaking news story, this is a good place to promote the relationship.


That said, be careful of how you promote your book on these social sites. Monitor several of the networks first, to get a feel for the posts and comments. Then don’t just post and go; come back and visit to read posted responses. Watch what you post on-line, because in several seconds it could be splattered all over the web.



Photo by: 10ch

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