As of this month, according to a rough estimate, about 157 million people in the U.S use Facebook. Nearly 15 million Facebook users in the U.S. are thirteen to seventeen years old. Facebook is only one small corner of the social media available over the Internet. Communication between readers and writers, as witnessed by the recent blog tour for Blue Thread, has advanced to a whole new level.
The mechanics of this sort of communication comes easy for some, but, I confess, not for me. So I turned to Whirlabout New Media.
Lucy Softich, one of the founders of WNM, describes the group’s services this way:
Social media allows authors to interact with readers in ways they never could before. However, with so many different types of social media out there, it can be hard to know where to start. Whirlabout New Media is committed to helping authors navigate the sites and communities that work best for them. Whether you’re published, self-published, or still looking for the right publisher, Whirlabout New Media can help you get in on the conversation and promote yourself as an author. […]
I promised Lucy, who commented on the recent cookbook post, that I would tell you more about Bubble and Squeak. Just in case you want to know, none of the fictional characters in Blue Thread ate Bubble and Squeak except for Mrs. Jenkins when she was not cooking for the Josefsohn family. (I can’t speak for the real people who populate the book.) Mrs. Jenkins didn’t rely on a recipe, since she used leftovers. But if she were using a recipe, it would likely resemble this one:
There are dozens of variations on Bubble and Squeak. Many now don’t include meat, and most include sliced or mashed potatoes. Notice the typo in the recipe? Kinda sweet, especially to onion lovers.
Bubble and Squeak. Now you know. […]
Abbey Gaterud, the interim publisher at Ooligan Press, interrupted my regularly scheduled life yesterday to announce:
THE BOOKS ARE IN!
When I arrived at Ooligan HQ, folks were in a total frenzy! OK, not really. Everyone was sort of sitting around, getting the business done. A large box labeled RUTH FELDMAN occupied one chair. The box looked bored.
But when I entered the office, there were hugs all aroundexcept from the box. Abbey, pictured here on the right, later smiled for the camera. Eliza Lane, Stefani Varney, and Lucy Softichleft to rightgot wild for me. Aren’t the red eyes a nice touch? They match Lucy’s hair and reflect the time-travel mysterious side of Blue Thread. Stefani is now the lead project manager for Blue Thread. Lucy and Eliza are recent grads and run Whirlabout New Media, which helps authors with social media.
Once the festivities and the “what next” meeting were over, I loaded copies of the new book (they smell so great!) in my travel cart. […]