Sunday, April 5, 2015

Using Twitter: How & Why to Pin a Tweet

One of the best ways to thank a peep for retweeting one of your tweets is to retweet one of theirs if you have time. Today, while I was taking a break from editing on my WIP, I checked my notification feed at Twitter. As always, I was happy to see that some folks had retweeted some of my tweets. So I decided to return the retweet. I usually do this by retweeting the peep’s pinned tweet on their profile page.

I was surprised by the number of peeps who didn’t have a pinned tweet, much less a tweet of their own in their home feed. Their home feed was filled with their retweets of other people’s tweets. Of course, I didn’t have time to scroll through dozens of tweets trying to find a tweet that was actually by them.

Thus, I was inspired to do this post. If you are on Twitter, you need to consider having what is known as a “pinned” tweet. The big reason for this is stated above. A pinned tweet is easy to find as it is the first tweet on your home feed, located on your profile page. That makes a pinned tweet easy to find and easy to retweet.

A pinned tweet is usually a tweet you would like to have front and center on your home feed and that you are hoping will be retweeted and/or favored. It can be a witty quote you’ve tweeted, a meme, a link to a blog post, article, book, or whatever tweet you want. That’s your choice.

You can have only one pinned tweet. You can replace the pinned tweet at any time.

How you pin a tweet:
First you have to create the tweet and tweet it.
Next you go to your home feed on Twitter and it should be the first tweet in the feed.
At the bottom of the tweet, click on the three dots. There will be a drop-down menu. Select “Pin to your Profile Page” and click.
That will pin the tweet at the top of your home feed on your profile page. It will stay as the first tweet until you decide to change it. At the top will be a push pin and "Pinned Tweet" so when someone views your page they will note it is a pinned tweet and the one you would prefer having retweeted.

You can click the three dots on the pinned tweet to unpin it, or whenever you pin a new tweet, it will replace the current one.

That’s it!! Happy tweeting, peeps!!! And you can follow me @pat_preston

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Happy Easter Weekend!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Easter holiday weekend!

March was a crazy month for me. Besides the writing projects I am trying to get finished, I also had to have my washing machine and roof replaced which took up a couple of weeks of time. Anytime I have to deal with something like that, it turns into an ordeal. I especially hated replacing the washer. I didn't like the new one at all and I was fortunate enough to have a delivery man who suggested I exchange the washer and get a GE. I'm very happy with the GE, which is much more like the washer I had. It washes quietly, you can open the lid anytime, and it has short washes available.

I haven't had much time for blogging in March due to trying to finish a book and do research work for a new project. I did get the revisions finished on a humorous literary short story and it is available on Amazon. It is a spring story, set in May 1950. I just love the cover!

A long-time Southern tradition, Decoration Day at the Cypress Creek Church Cemetery in May of 1950 turns into a hilarious feud over a gardenia wreath and a statue of Jesus. Join Melanie Sue Haddock and Annie Lou Ledbetter for a poignant yet fun-filled day!  

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

My Quick & Quirky #MFRW Interview! Too much fun!

Check out my interview and learn about my fantasy store that has books, music, a bar and pole dancing.  Name of the place: Books, Ballads & Bottoms Up!!! There's gotta be a story there!

MFRW Authors: A QUICK AND QUIRKY #MFRWauthor Patricia Preston

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Be Bold When You Write

"A writer should be bold, versatile, inventive, imaginative, rebellious."~Leonard Bishop,.

 I totally agree with Leonard Bishop’s statement in Dare To Be A Great Writer. If you dare to be a great writer, you will have to be all those things. Is it easy? No. Is it possible? Sure.

Here's how:

Don’t hold back.

Don’t second-think yourself or your story.

Hang onto your courage and your belief in your characters.

You don’t have to believe in yourself but you should believe in your characters and their story.

Believe that somewhere there is a reader waiting to read your story. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Writer Beware: Seven “Danger Zones” Of A Literary Agent Contract from Writer's Relief

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It’s happened—a literary agency contract! Some writers who are offered an agreement from a literary agencysimply sign on the dotted line without fully understanding what’s at stake. Maybe they have an implicit trust in their future literary agency. Or maybe they’re so excited and overcome by emotion, they’re not thinking clearly.

But before you sign a contract with a literary agent, here are few potential trouble spots you need to watch out for.

Writer Beware: Seven “Danger Zones” Of A Literary Agent Contract

1. Representation: What exactly will your literary agent represent? Some literary agents will demand the right to represent absolutely everything that you write, from shopping lists to epic novels. Other literary agents will ask to represent one particular genre of book (such as “full-length science-fiction novels”). Whatever the case, make sure you understand exactly what your agent is asking to represent.
2. Termination: Is the termination clause clear and pro-writer? The termination clause should protect you: You should not have to “show cause” if you want to sever your relationship with your agent. Be certain that you understand the process for terminating your agreement before you sign.
3. Up-front fees: What will you be asked to pay for? Watch for red flags. If a literary agent wants to charge you a “signing fee” or asks for a sum of money up front to cover the cost of postage and phone calls—don’t sign anything until you’ve done more research about the agent in question. Talk to other writers. Look online to see if the agent has brokered any significant book deals in the last few months. Good literary agents do not charge signing fees, reading fees, or editorial fees. Bad literary agents do.
4. Commission: Are the rates crystal clear? Do you understand what percentage of sales your agent will claim as commission? Keep in mind that if you do sell your book, you might also sell subsidiary rights (like the right to adapt your book into a movie). Be sure that you understand what kind of commission your literary agent will take and what kind of commission any partner agencies may claim.
5. Payment: How soon will you receive your money? Most literary agencies act as trustees for their clients. Instead of paying you directly, a publisher will pay your literary agent—who will then cut you a check (minus commission). Your literary agent contract should state how quickly you can expect your money after your literary agency has received it.
6. Accounting: Will you receive all the necessary reports and forms? Your literary agent should send you the proper tax forms every year and should also, upon request, provide you with a list of expenses incurred on your behalf (especially if they are charging you for things like postage and phone calls).
7. Time frame: Is the agent asking for perpetual representation? Some literary agents will ask for the right to permanently represent a book—as opposed to asking for the right to represent it only for the duration of your publishing contract or your partnership with the agency. Do not grant a right of perpetual representation.
Your literary agent should be your advocate. If negotiating a contract with your literary agent feels uncomfortable or if you get the sense that your agent is not communicating with you accurately and fairly, it may be time to heed the warning signs and head in a different direction.
Remember: Don’t be afraid of negotiating or asking questions about your literary agency contract. You’ll thank yourself later!
Also want to add a comment from author Kim Headlee that is worth consideration as well~Patricia

The other aspect is: does the agent run "author coach" and/or publishing side business? My now ex-agent started doing both of those things about 10 years after he had signed me as a client, and in retrospect, that became the beginning of the end of our business relationship. It got to where he was more interested in getting existing clients to sign up for his publishing contracts, because that represented more income for him regardless of whether it was helping the client any (in most cases, it wasn't). He & I parted ways over this sort point, and I've done independent publishing ever since.