Monday, 23 January 2012

Happy Year of the Dragon

It's Chinese New Year and the celebrations started with a real bang yesterday (lots of fire crackers and fire works) and will continue well into the night tonight.  I am excited to say that I am indeed a Dragon so this is apparently going to be my year.  I share this honor with my fellow Canuck and awesome blogger Maria Foley at I was an Expat Wife who has some great detail today on her blog about Chinese horoscopes. Have a look!

Yesterday, my friend Thanya took me around to her friend's house to join in their celebrations so I thought I'd just take you through a pictorial journey...

Entrance of the Chinese Temple in Talang, Phuket

Thanya makes her offering

Praying for good luck in 2012
She has 11 children but she's willing to adopt one more!
Thanya's always ready to teach me about Thai Culture - she tweets @thanyatravel

Have a wonderful day and I'll be back soon...I've got two books I want to review for you... The Sewing Circles of Herat and Perking the Pansies - Jack and Liam move to Turkey but I'm not sure which one will come first.  Any requests?

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

2012 Tour Starts in Spain

After a brief break over Christmas, the virtual book tour continues:

Jan. 10 - Great start to the New Year with a guest post on Easy Life Spain, The 3 Rs of Relocating.  Have a look!  

I've also updated the original schedule that I posted just before the tour started.  There was some shifting and revising so if you missed any stops, have a look here!

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Using Twitter to Promote your Book

I’m always looking for new ways to harness the power of Social Media.  There are so many layers and off ramps sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for the tress (until you take an off ramp that’s not quite finished and wind up in the bushes).  That’s why I devour any and all e-books and guides I come across that might give me that nugget that I was missing.

Even though I’ve been ‘developing my platform’ as they say in the publishing world, for a few years now, there’s still a lot to learn and there are changes and new developments constantly flying in from all sides.   

The other day as I was sending out another @Home in Dubai TIPS Tweet (Timely, Informational, Playful and Sound advice) I pondered how to directly reach people who were moving to Dubai. I scratched my head and stared at the blue bird for a few minutes and then it hit me!  Duh! Do a search using the hash tag #MovingtoDubai…and there laid out in front of my eyes were pages of people actually contemplating a move to Dubai.  Eureka!

I was so excited I typed in the same search without the hash tag and got even more.  I set about @replying to each one with a little personalized note (I know automating it would go quicker but I've always been a big believer in organic growth in social networks and feel it's important to engage one-to-one as much as I can).  I immediately got responses thanking me and many even re-tweeted it to their followers.  It was a beautiful example of this particular social network in play. Sweet!

To all my author friends launching books…give it a try and let me know how it goes.