Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Weekly Round Up – Social Media Shenanigans, Spring Flowers, Mexican Getaways, Italian Food, music, humour and Fabulous Guests


Welcome to the weekly round up of posts that you might have missed.

Firstly, an update on the Facebook debacle which only gets worse I am afraid. I know that several of you have been hit by blocked posts that contain links and are still having issues. I can comment, and share posts internally on Facebook but post links are still being blocked.

Disturbingly today that included the link to Debby Gies Sunday Interview which I sent to her in a Direct Message… supposedly private! It was blocked and in bold red told me that it did not meet community standards. I have appealed of course but it does have a warning for us all. Do not disclose private information in a direct message. For example if as they say Facebook is selling our data to health insurance companies, and we mention in a private message about a health issue we have to a friend, and then apply for insurance! Does that sound paranoid? Probably. What about your email address that you send in a message, or your postal address and the dates you will be away on vacation.

I had no illusions about Facebook but they have now embarked on a wholesale censorship programme that is unacceptable. They want you to have a page where they can bombard you with messages to boost your post to thousands of others at a cost. And they want to encourage you to buy from one of their advertisers and when you do, by all accounts you never hear the last of them.

I have friends and family on Facebook and I can at least for the time being share your posts from there. But over the next few weeks as MeWe grows and develops mewe.com/i/sallycronin and the author’s group which now has nearly 50 members https://mewe.com/join/theliterarydivashangout – I will be only using Facebook sparingly to stay in touch and to share others work internally. Eventually, I will be closing my account as I won’t be blackmailed or have any more of my private messages intercepted.

On a brighter note.. I have done the sums and the statistics show that the referrals to the blog is approximately 10%…thankfully most of those who share from Facebook are also contacts on Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest or other sites that I am a member of such as MeWe. My main concern was for the book promotions that I post for other authors but after two weeks there has been no change to the response which is a relief.

Thank you for all your support and I appreciate all the shares to FB from here in the past, but I have now permanently removed the share button, as I don’t want you to be faced with messages from FB telling you that it is not allowed. They are intimidating and offer not recourse so I am done.

And as an aside.. new users are asked for a photograph before they are allowed to sign up for an account. It can take several days to get back to you. But in the meantime with facial recognition they can have mined a great deal of information about who you are and your history online. Whilst this does mean that the fake generals and other trolls will not be accepted, it also means that they can pick and choose who they admit to the site and if you do not fit their profile as a potential buyer of the advertising that they send your way… who knows where it will lead!

It is now affecting millions of users and you might find this post interesting sourced by Carol Taylor: https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/135476927/posts/1232

On with the posts from the week, and as always I am very grateful to the contributors who spend time and a great deal of effort to write columns and guest articles.

Welcome to Debby Gies March edition of her Travel Column where she shares the first part of her trip and two month vacation in Puerto Vallarta in Mexico.. and the flight did not go as planned!

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/11/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye-puerto-vallarta-mexico-part-one/

This week Paul Andruss shares the bulbs that will make your late spring garden abundant with colour.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/16/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-gardening-column-with-paul-andruss-light-up-your-life-with-brilliant-late-spring-bulbs-3/

This week my guest is regular contributor non-fiction author D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies who reveals her contents of her purse, fashion sense, strangest dream and her love (hate) of the vacuum!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/17/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-sunday-interview-getting-to-know-author-d-g-kaye

This week Silvia Todesco shares a fabulous recipe for oven baked, bacon wrapped cod which has to be a family favourite..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/17/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-guest-writer-silvia-todesco-italian-cookery-oven-baked-bacon-wrapped-cod-fish-light-crunchy-and-so-good/

This week we look at the health benefits of honey… and Carol Taylor uses this as an ingredient in some stunning dishes.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/13/smorgasbord-health-rewind-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-honey-nectar-of-the-gods/

A new series looking at ‘One Hit Wonders‘ from the 1950s onwards….this week ‘Lollipop’ by Ronald and Ruby…who were they, were are they now?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/12/smorgasbord-music-column-new-series-one-hit-wonders-lollipop-ronald-ruby-1958/

My response to Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 127 and this week the prompt words are ‘Follow and Lead’…. I have chosen ‘Succeed and Hint’ as my synonyms.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/13/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebros-weekly-poetry-challenge-etheree-how-to-succeed-in-life-by-sally-cronin/

A further look at the rights as laid down by the United Nation that we should all be entitled to, but have an obligation to protect.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/13/something-to-think-about-the-rs-of-life-survival-in-a-modern-world-our-rights-to-personal-freedom/

It is March 1986 and we drive back from Atlanta in one day.. and attend a BBQ cookout in Conroe Texas, this is my letter home to my parents in the UK.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/14/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-road-trip-atlanta-houston-and-bbq-cookout-1986/

This week’s Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills involves a chisel…as a noun or a verb… you will also enjoy Charli’s description of the thaw that is occurring on her finger (or thumb) that reaches out in to Lake Superior- here is my response – The Dancer.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/16/smorgasbord-short-stories-carrot-ranch-flash-fiction-the-dancer-by-sally-cronin/

Before you Get Started on your weight loss programme– Managing People, Environment and your expectations

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/16/smorgasbord-health-column-size-matters-the-sequel-before-you-get-started-managing-people-environment/

This week Balroop Singh shares her experience of arranged marriages and her own happy relationship.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/11/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-family-why-i-married-at-23sometimes-we-do-make-wrong-decisions-by-balroop-singh/

This week Darlene Foster finds and visits the grave of her great-great-grandmother.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/12/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-family-a-special-resting-place-by-darlene-foster/

In this post Jennie Fitzkee shares the connections that she was able to make between reading Little House on the Prairie and her own grandfather from a similar era and his experiences of mining.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/13/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-family-one-picture-for-a-thousand-words-by-jennie-fitzkee/

This week Robbie Cheadle shares a wonderful poem that she wrote on 9th of February 2017 which was her sixteenth Wedding Anniversary…

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/14/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-family-contrasting-colours-a-poem-for-my-wedding-anniversary-by-robbie-cheadle/

Sharon Marchisello shares the strategies that her mother employed to make the most of every penny.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/15/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-family-remembering-my-frugal-mother-by-sharon-marchisello/

Bette Stevens shares a moving poem in tribute to her mother.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/16/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-family-poetry-thank-you-mama-by-bette-a-stevens/

New book on the shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/12/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-how-dare-the-birds-sing-book-one-in-the-love-and-fate-series-1-by-marina-osipova/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/14/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-a-very-special-house-by-thea-ramsay/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/15/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-pre-order-special-price-the-princes-protege-the-five-kingdoms-book-three-by-deborah-jay/

Author Updates – Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/11/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-updates-reviews-john-w-howell-jane-risdon-and-christina-jones-and-sue-coletta/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/15/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-offers-joy-lennick-olga-nunez-miret-diana-j-febry-and-richard-dee/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/12/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-guest-comedian-d-g-kaye-and-a-joke-from-my-archives-6/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/14/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-guest-comedian-d-g-kaye-and-a-joke-from-my-archives-7/

Thank you very much for all your support and I would love to hear from you about any of the posts or if you would like some book promotion. .Have a great week.. thanks Sally.

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Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Tony Bennett, new releases, reviews and series


Welcome to the weekly round up from blustery and very wet Wexford. Hopefully just a short reminder of the fact we are not in control of our fate or the weather and that the sun will be out again before the end of summer.

I have been at the computer most of the week getting ready for the release of my book on Friday.. more about that in the posts. But as always I have made time for one of the most important jobs of the day… reading other writer’s blogs and posting my own.

My thanks to my guests this week.. even those who are absent. William will be back in September with a new series and hopefully he is on the receiving end of better weather.

My thanks to Julie Lawford who will be making a regular weekly contribution with lifestyle posts through the summer and her previous posts can be found here.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/guest-writer-julie-lawford-health-and-weightloss/

Also this week the reposting of a very important article from author John Maberry with his story of prostate cancer and the symptoms to be aware of. He also outlines some of the treatment options.

WordPress happiness Engineers appear to have been messing around with the media settings again and I am now unable to centre multiple images which used to happen with one click… I do wish they would pay attention to the old adage.. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. I have not wasted my breath contacting them.. after all they know best.

Anyway on with the posts you might have missed and thank you again for your contribution to keeping me motivated.

William Price King a man and his music

William is on an extended break until September and I will be repeating the popular Tony Bennett Series from 2015.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/smorgasbord-summer-jazz-2017-william-price-king-meets-tony-bennett-2/

Horatio Grin.

Reminder that you can receive Fairies the Hidden History by Horation Grin (Paul Andruss) FREE as an Epub or pdf.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/29/free-book-fairies-the-hidden-history-by-horatio-grin/

The Black Bitch and other Tales by Geoff Cronin

The last in the serialisation of The Black Bitch with Geoff’s last book beginning next weekend.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/29/the-black-bitch-and-other-tales-street-musicians-and-snippets/

A shaggy dog story from Geoff about Pavarotti and one his most devoted fans.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/30/a-pavrotti-fan-achieves-his-dream-of-a-lifetime-as-told-by-geoff-cronin/

Guest Posts

John Maberry shares his experiences with prostate cancer, the symptoms and the treatments.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/smorgasbord-health-2017-prostate-problems-and-guest-post-psa-tests-yes-or-no-by-john-maberry/

Julie Lawford shares how positive affirmations can bring huge benefits physically and mentally.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/smorgasbord-guest-post-the-power-of-postitive-affirmations-by-julie-lawford/

Book Promotions.

I have just released Volume Two of What’s in a Name? in Ebook with the combined print version available in a few weeks.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/28/smorgasbord-book-promotion-whats-in-a-name-volume-two-by-sally-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-update-balroop-singh-and-christina-steiner/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/28/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-tina-frisco-bette-a-stevens-and-sue-coletta/

New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-hippies-by-gary-gautier/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-beyond-the-pyre-by-steve-costello/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/28/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-a-charlie-mcclung-mystery-flirting-with-time-by-mary-anne-edwards/

Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-jason-b-ladd-and-deanie-humphrys-dunne/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/smorgasbord-invitation-air-you-reviews-throwback-thursday-gigi-sedlmayer-pamela-s-wight-and-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/29/bookreview-a-little-bit-of-sally-cronin/

Smorgasbord Reblog posts.

An important message from D.G. Kaye… Debbie Gies on emotional bullying that can as damaging as any other.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/smorgasbord-reblog-the-other-inconspicuous-form-of-bullying-emotional-bullying/

The first of two posts by Paul Andruss on his own site on the history and myths surrounding the skilled craft of weaving.

Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andruss

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/29/smorgasbord-reblog-womens-work-by-paul-andruss/

Blogger Daily

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-monday-24th-july-hugh-roberts-jan-moore-and-darlene-foster-mary-smith-and-sue-vincent/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-tuesday-25th-july-geoff-le-pard-diana-wallace-peach-marjorie-mallon-carol-taylor/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-26th-july-2017-brigid-gallagher-jenny-fitzkee-lucy-brazier-and-the-story-reading-ape/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-thursday-27th-july-2017-christy-birmingham-tim-linthicum-travelling-happens-here-and-the-book-mom/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/28/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-friday-july-28th-2017-richard-ankers-d-g-kaye-madelyn-griffiths-haynie-and-n-a-granger/

Health

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/smorgasbord-health-2017-food-in-the-news-turmeric-curcumin-cancer-alzheimers-inflammation/

Short Stories

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/smorgasbord-short-stories-revisited-blue-jay-cay-by-colin-peck/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/28/tales-from-the-garden-molliethe-duchess-coleman-october-5th-2017-july-28th-2012/

Smorgasbord Invitation Entertainment Review – Movie Dunkirk

A new series with reviews for the small and cinema screens.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/smorgasbord-entertainment-review-film-dunkirk-written-and-directed-by-christopher-nolan/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/afternoon-video-they-make-them-tough-in-candada-95-year-old-record-breaker/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-its-raining-cats-and-dogs/

Thank you for popping in today and for your support during the week.. All of which is very much appreciated.

 

 

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Opera, Film, Books, Humour and Authors who rock.


Welcome to this week’s round up of posts you might haved missed. As always my thanks to William Price King and Paul Andruss who are such huge supporters and contributors to the blog.. Also this week to Julie Lawford with a very informative posts on the challenges of being left-handed, and to Karen Ingalls, whose post shares her experiences as an ovarian cancer survivor.

I have been busy offline, finishing one project and moving onto the next. I have also been working on the plan for the blog from September onwards with some new promotional opportunities for authors and bloggers. In October the blog will be four years old and I would like to celebrate that with a week of guest posts.  I am hoping to persuade those of you who have been with me for most of those four years to share some highlights from your own blogs and the funniest moments too.  More about that later in the summer but perhaps you can get your thinking caps on now.  It is of course an opportunity to share your work and perhaps inspire others to take up this madness that is blogging.

Thank you very much for popping in and for leaving feedback and sharing the posts across your own networks.. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate that. More to come in the next week and I hope you will have the time to drop in again.

Time to get on with the posts from the week…

William Price King Meets Some legends

We look at some of the music from the films of Barbra Streisand in the 1980s and 1990s.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/12/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-barbra-streisand-1980s1990s-and-films/

Smorgasbord Writer in Residence Paul Andruss

This week Paul takes us back through the centuries to discover the origins of our modern day opera including some of the less highbrow aspects of this form of entertainment.

Thomas the Rhymer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/writer-in-residence-whats-opera-doc-by-paul-andruss/

The Black Bitch and other Tales by Geoff Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/15/the-black-bitch-and-other-tales-technique-and-the-soliloquy-and-snippets-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/16/the-black-bitch-and-other-tales-he-who-laughs-last-and-technique-kerry-style-by-geoff-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-sue-coletta-janice-spina-and-amy-m-reade/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-mira-prabhu-c-s-boyack-and-darlene-foster/

Book and blog marketing

A reminder of how you can join the other authors on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-update-free-book-promotion/

Book promotion on Twitter

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/smorgasbord-book-promotion-twitter-tagging-and-pinned-tweet-to-spread-the-word/

Taking advantage of book promotion opportunities

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/12/smorgasbord-book-promotion-modesty-perfection-and-promotions-sally-g-cronin/

My review of No More Mulberries by Mary Smith

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/smorgasbord-book-promotion-my-book-review-of-no-more-mulberries-by-mary-smith/

Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-colleen-chesebro-bette-a-stevens-and-luna-saint-claire/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-don-massenzio-teagan-riordain-geneviene-and-paul-cude/

Short Stories

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/12/smorgasbord-short-stories-tales-from-the-garden-by-sally-cronin-the-boy-his-dog-and-the-fairy-princess/

Poetry

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/smorgasbord-poetry-time-on-my-own-by-sally-cronin/

Health

Latest research in to the use of Vitamin C in an effective treatment for sepsis

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/smorgasbord-health-2017-latest-research-vitamin-c-treatment-for-sepsis/

Guest post by Julie Lawford on the challenges of being left-handed.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/smorgasbord-guest-writer-julie-lawford-leftwrite-on-being-a-southpaw/

Guest post by Karen Ingalls, Ovarian cancer survivor.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-female-reproductive-system-outshining-ovarian-cancer-by-karen-ingalls/

Top to Toe – The Female Reproductive System

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-female-reproductive-system-updated-some-health-issues/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/afternoon-video-revisited-the-fastest-dog-in-the-west-barry-the-wonder-dog/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-a-writers-life-or-words-to-that-effect/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-it-is-all-in-the-headlines/

 

Thank you again and hope to see you next week.. Enjoy your sunday.. Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – How to take full advantage of FREE book promotions.


I have been offering free book promotions for the last three years and if you have any doubts about spending time promoting other authors, let me assure you it is time very well spent.

  1. It opens the door to meeting like-minded and talented writers who are more times than not, very generous and love offering support and promotion in return.
  2. It encourages more people to visit your blog. Not just for the author promotions but for your other posts as well. It also develops your other networks on social media
  3. It generates more interest in your own books.

A few things that are key to making the most of free promotional opportunities.

  1. It helps enormously if you read the submission guidelines carefully to make it easier to showcase a book more effectively. This means supplying all the information requesting in the format outlined. For example – sending all links to Amazon and social media in long form and photographs separately attached to the email rather than embedded.
  2. An effective promotion needs certain key elements. An Amazon link on its own with just the blurb for a book is only two of those elements. Recently I have had to say no to a couple of authors because of lack of information. Poorly written blurb, no bio, no social media links, no reviews, no author page, no blog or website and nothing anywhere about themselves. Potential buyers of a book have so much choice today that information about the author is very necessary. Even first time authors with a new book, without any reviews can still have an online footprint that adds interest and enourages people to buy their work. Create an Author Page on Amazon as one of your first tasks and make sure you update with all your books as they become available so they are in one place.
  3. It is also important to participate in the promotion by sharing the link that is supplied to email contacts and also across personal networks. Answering comments is absolutely vital as it encourages others to comment and certainly for some to take the next step and buy the book.
  4. The first question that a new author (and some second time authors) needs to ask is ‘How will people find my book amongst all the thousands of new books uploaded every week?’  Is it word of mouth, from seeing it promoted on Twitter, Facebook or Goodreads? Is it because of a blog post that you have written or another blogger’s book launch post or review? Is it because when people Google your name they come up with links to Amazon? Without any of those external prompts it may be a long wait until someone comes across your book by accident.
  5. There are some excellent blogs who post articles about building up your presence online and it is not my intention to make this into a tutorial. However, I have been an indie author now for 18 years and can tell you that the last four years of blogging and using specific social media sites, has been the most effective method of promoting my books.
  6. Even if you do not actively use social media for personal communication, you do need to have those platforms for your work. I am afraid that simply putting the book and a blurb on Amazon and waiting for people to rush to buy the book will not work. You need to have a footprint in the sand for readers to follow. At the very least make your presence felt by having a Facebook and Twitter account. Follow other authors and reviewers and share their tweets and posts until you have built up a like-minded following that will reciprocate when you need help promoting your new book.
  7. I now have a permanent platform to promote authors here on Smorgasbord. Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore has a number of promotions geared to continuously promoting authors on the shelves and I love the fact that so many of you are taking advantage of them. Each post is linked automatically to my social media networks and are boosted there a number of times. Once on the shelves an author can enjoy updates every four to six weeks for a new book release or a great new review, and it is a place where an author can remind readers on a regular basis about their work. The posts will also be on the blog for at least a year and can be reshared by the author on social media several time to reach their own growing audience.

If you are not in the Cafe and Bookstore and would like to know about the various promotional opportunities then here is a link.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore/

Take advantage of my network that I have built up over the last four years to develop your own online presence and promote your work.

How you can help me share your blog and promote your books, art, music for FREE


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As a writer I am delighted when a fellow blogger or contact on social media shares my work or my posts. In turn it gives me great pleasure to reciprocate but it helps when people come to me or make it easy for me to share their books, posts, tweets etc.

On WordPress there are a number of buttons that you can install that enables others to follow and share. I notice that some bloggers choose not to display the Reblog button which is quite useful as a sharing method… If a post is special, relevant, contains important information or is entertaining reblogging helps bring traffic to your blog and also gets your post to a wider audience. When it is reblogged only the first paragraph or sentences are shown and then you have to click a link to be taken to the original. It is also best if the person who reblogs puts in a note about who the blogger is and the nature of the post.

By setting up the Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc buttons you enable readers of the post to share the link to your post on their sites. This means that if 10 people read your post and share via all of these sites you could be reaching thousands of potential readers.

If you are on Twitter then I do suggest that you put in a profile indicating your interests and also a link to your blog. A photo or an image of some sort is a good thing. I tend not to follow an egg image with just a name and no details. You have 160 characters and if you want like-minded people to be interested enough to follow you, use to its best advantage.

I also go into the twitter accounts of my main list of contacts that I regularly interact with. It is very useful to if there is a pinned tweet with a specific message about some important aspect of your work. Use it as an extension of your profile to put the link to your book promo video or to your author’s page on Amazon… Change your pinned tweet every few weeks to promote another aspect of your work.

If you are not familiar with this facility it is really easy.  When you have posted a tweet.. go into your tweets directory under your profile and you will then see your latest tweet at the top.  Click on the three little dots and you will be given an option to pin the tweet. Click this and it will tell you that by doing so any previous pinned tweet will be deleted.. click that you agree and at the top of the stream you will see a button which invites you to view the tweet in the pinned position.. very easy and an important promotional tool.

So please make it easy for me to share your talent.

I am on social media and tend to work mainly with the following sites.

LinkedIn. I have been on LinkedIn for many years and used primarily for my work related posts. In the last year more and more Indie Authors are using the site to promote their own work and others and it is also a great place to lay out your shop front in more detail. I do believe that people buy people first and sharing your career background can build credibility and illustrate that you have gained some life experience. As with most sites you can like, comment and share posts so it is another opportunity to build up a circle of like-minded people who support each other and their work.

LinkedIn has an invitation system in place. You will be asked how you know a person and if you do not click one of the boxes then you need to enter an email address. If you would like to connect to me then click that we have done business together as blogger at Smorgasbord, my job at Moyhill publishing or put in my work email address which is sally.cronin@moyhill.com.

Facebook. You will see two Facebook addresses and one is for my personal account and the other is my book site and where I also post my blog articles. I would be happy to connect with you on either or both.

Twitter is a bit like marmite and some people do not get it at all. I set up my account to help build a presence on social media that I could use not only for my books but also as I intend to return to radio presenting as some point, pick up my nutritional therapy practice and also my training consultancy.. A strong web presence including LinkedIn and FB will be useful when I do as well as giving me an opportunity to keep up with new trends in health, music and books.

What I did not expect was that Twitter would become my second largest referrer to my blog in the last year which for me is a good indicator that it works. I have found some amazing guests for the Sunday Show including William Price King who is now such a key contributor to the blog.

I am very happy to retweet your important news about your work so if you tag me on @sgc58 when you are releasing a book, had a rave review, a new promo video etc then I will share it.

All my links are here and look forward to hearing from you

http://uk.linkedin.com/in/sallycronin1
https://twitter.com/sgc58
https://www.facebook.com/sally.cronin
https://www.facebook.com/sallygeorginacronin
https://plus.google.com/+SallyCronin/about

Guest posts and interview opportunities.

Even if you have lots of followers you still might like to reach a few more by guest posting on various subjects. My blog covers a number of topics and I would love to hear from you if you have an interest, hobby, skill, film review, recipe etc that you would like to share with my readers. You get to have a bio and a promotion of your own work too. Apart from being promoted on my social media sites you can reblog on your own site and also post again a little later for those who missed the first time around.

The Sunday Show New Format October 2015

This is open to all creative writers, artists, musicians and bloggers

The new show is in the format of a Sunday Lunch where guests bring a virtual guest who has inspired them and either a main course or a dessert that means something to them.  Send me a note to sally.cronin@moyhill.com and I will put you on my list.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/an-invitation-to-sunday-lunch-the-new-sunday-show-format/

Sally’s Christmas Grotto

This series was very successful last year and this year is proving to be no exception. If you would like to feature your books, artwork, design, jewellery, clothing, music or any creative gifts then let me know.  Here is an example.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/christmas-grotto-2015-books/

Five Star Treatment.

If you have had a great review for you work and would like to share that then please get in touch. Whilst nobody responds to people who feel the necessity to talk about themselves and their work continually there is also no place for false modesty when you are a writer. You write for others to read. If you have a great review for your books, art, poetry, photography or music then let me know. This also means that previous books can get another boost particularly if you are about to publish new work.

If you have converted your print versions into Ebook it is a chance to use reviews from that edition to promote the fact that you are now available to download.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/five-star-treatment-a-place-to-celebrate-your-latest-review-or-award/

New Book Fanfare

If you have had a book released in the last month and would like to add further promotion to your launch then please consider a New Book Fanfare which reaches out across social media to 20,000 of my contacts and thousands more when reblogged and retweeted.  Details and previous posts here.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/new-book-fanfare/

All these promotions are completely FREE and you have nothing to lose but a little time submitting your details.

Look forward to hearing from you. best wishes Sally Cronin

So that is just some of the ways that I can share your creativity.. Thank  you as always for dropping by and I am very grateful that you have done so.. Please leave a comment so that I know who you are..