|Because I can't work out how to copy my Facebook page|
New message: authors need a website AND a blog. Fine. I gritted my teeth, changed the name to a blog, and failed conspicuously to keep it up until recently, when the lovely Barbara Hannay demonstrated how easy it would be to update it myself on Blogger. And she was right. Much to my surprise, it IS easy.
Now, just when I'm thinking I might have the whole knotty blog issue under control, there's a new message from Harlequin. Websites and blogs are fine, but what authors REALLY need is a Facebook profile. Social networking is the way to go. With much huffing and puffing, I did in fact set up a Facebook page recently, and of course was instantly seduced into wasting hours trawling around in search of friends or reading about everybody else's lives which all seem so much more interesting than my own.
Now it turns out that rather like British trains grinding to a halt because of the wrong kind of leaves on the line, I have set up the wrong kind of page. Aaarrgghh. Last night I attended my first ever "webinar" which was intended as an introduction to Facebook. This involved sitting at my computer, the phone clamped to my ear, listening to three of Harlequin's digital media team talk through the slides that were appearing on the screen. I have to say they sounded absolutely charming, with a very chatty, approachable style, but the amount of information was overwhelming. They talked about finding your own URL and setting up a fan page, about links and widgets and badges and transferring friends and creating lists until I started to hyperventilate. It didn't help that my phone's battery is clearly running low and keeps beeping in my ear.
Now I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be doing. All I know is that what I've done so far just isn't enough and that at some point I'm going to have to sit down and read through the slides which Jenny Bullough very helpfully sent to me afterwards to see if I can make sense of it. There aren't many things I that I wouldn't rather do as displacement activity when I'm on a deadline, but self-promotion is one of them. Life was so much easier when all we had to do was write (she says pitifully). Sometimes I miss that typewriter.