My list of “no-nos” is growing quickly.
Friday (Jan. 15) is my launch day for Black Cat Blues, the first book in my Vancouver Blues Suspense series, and in honor of it, I’m hosting a six hour party.
Me, the shy girl in the corner of the room is having a six hour party. And I wonder why I keep making mistakes? (head shaking)
One – Invite your co-hosts
I mean really invite them. I have eighteen authors “co-hosting” with me. Each has a fifteen minute time slot on the schedule during which they will introduce themselves, play games, tell everyone about their books and run a giveaway contest. If you’re coming expect bare-chested men, lots of chatter, laughter and the opportunity to meet people who love books.
Sounds great doesn’t it. Except I didn’t really add my author friends. I thought I had, but me and FB don’t ever seem to be on the same page. There is a special spot where I needed to add them, so that they could actually comment on the party page.
If the party had started and they couldn’t get on the page, it would have been a disaster. Thankfully my daughter JC McKenzie tapped me on the shoulder and told me what to do.
Two – Open the Party Page so that everyone can comment
Again, that sounds obvious. And again me and FB aren’t in the same galaxy. I assumed if I had organized an event and invited people they could play on the page. Nuh uh. There is a special place where I had to tick a box.
Three – Beware of FB “Boosts”
My face is crimson. Has been for weeks. When I started planning my party about a month ago, it made sense to me to do what FB calls “boost” my advertising post so that more people could see it. But I boosted too soon and too much.
I won’t even admit what that meant in dollars and cents. It hurts too much. I had set a humble ceiling of $12.00, but somehow along the way that number escalated to $300. I did stop it long before I hit that number, but I still spent more money than I had budgeted for, and I don’t think the boost really helped anyone but FB.
Well, that’s me four days before my big launch and even bigger launch party. Wish me good luck. Come have some fun if you’re in the mood. I’m sure I’ll have more FB party no-no’s to post soon.