One of my very dearest and best friends, who isn't so into the social media thing, told me today she wasn't so sure she liked Facebook book launch parties ... Whatever happened to going to a place with real people and sitting down to have a drink?"
No offense, dear friend, but they are "real" people. And while I know my best friends would come to an actual physical launch party in my town, very few of them can talk books like the people I met on Saturday, or the many authors I've met through social media channels. I've decided I quite honestly think the Facebook launch party, when planned well, is brilliant.
Social media has made it possible for people to engage on so many new levels, I don't think I truly appreciated it until I was an author. For me, engaging with a passionate fan, meeting a new author, or talking books with another voracious reader, is a natural high. I've thought to myself often lately how amazing and broad my literary world could have been when I was in high school if I'd had all these channels at our fingertips. Especially when one of the author hosts at the launch party for my book The Reaper's Daughter, was a seventeen-year-old guy who is passionate about his writing.
While some may argue that the world is too fixated with technology, their phones, and connecting online, I'd argue that too much of anything isn't healthy. But people can reach a balance. And being able to connect online within the publishing industry is a necessity.
What I'm trying to say, in way too many words, is that I had a blast on Saturday, and I'm excited to have made some new friends. And while I've at times had to force myself onto my Twitter feed, there are certain aspects I truly do enjoy, and the number one thing is meeting readers and writers. There's a lot of social media elements I've found myself opening up to, although I can say without hesitation, I will never embrace the unrequested pic of someone's meal.
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And with that, I'll leave off by saying that there's still a giveaway featuring three e-copies of The Reaper's Daughter that are up for grabs. So head over to the Tome Tender blog if you're interested in trying to win. There's six days left!
“The more you engage and connect, the more engagement and connections you will have.” ― Loren Weisman
K.M. Randall writes fantasy and paranormal for both a general and young adult audience. Her debut novel, an epic fantasy called Fractured Dream, launched in June 2014, and her second book, The Reaper's Daughter, launched May 2015. Randall also published Fairytale Lost, a prequel to Fractured Dream, as an exclusive on Wattpad. She blogs about dreams, female heroines, and activism and its relevancy to the literary and fictional world. And when in the season, sometimes she just likes to talk about Halloween. She is currently hard at work on the second book in the Dreamer Saga series, Shattered World.