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About the Message Boards - Everyone Read! / Re: Basic Blueboard Rules
« Last post by AnneB on Yesterday at 08:08 PM »
Bumping again, with a reminder to pay special attention to Rules 6, 7, 10, and 12!
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Social Media / Re: What social media outlets are most important?
« Last post by RebeccaL-G on Yesterday at 06:49 PM »
Take into account the age of your audience and which type of social media you prefer. Choose one or two and go with it.   For me, it's Facebook and my author website because I like interacting on those platforms and my social media audience is primarily teachers and librarians. I find virtually no value in blogging, but know others who do.  I have a Twitter account, Goodreads profile and Pinterest pages, but none of these interest me much so I don't devote much of my time there.  If I wrote YA I'd consider more twitter and Instagram.   
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Social Media / Re: What social media outlets are most important?
« Last post by dkshumaker on Yesterday at 06:00 PM »
I think a lot of it depends on what you write and what you want to accomplish through social media. Book promotion? Connecting with other writers? Participating in pitch parties?

 I write PBs and I have an author's website. I don't blog, it is just not a priority for me. I currently use FB for personal stuff and writer connections and resources, but I don't have any books to promote so I don't have my own FB Author page. I love Twitter also for the writing community and I assume when I have books to would use Twitter a bit for that. And I use Twitter for pitch parties.

I don't use Goodreads or Pinterest.

I do think YA authors need more social media platforms to connect with their readers. At least that is what I have heard.

I'll be curious as to what others say.
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Social Media / What social media outlets are most important?
« Last post by vanessa-howard on Yesterday at 05:41 PM »
How would you rank the various social media outlets? What would you devote time to, in order of importance?
author website
blog
facebook page
twitter
goodreads
pinterest
others?
I am super busy, like everyone else, so I'm going to have to really prioritize what I spend time on. What are your thoughts?
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Contests and Challenges / Re: Chicken House Times Competition
« Last post by mgmystery on Yesterday at 12:20 PM »
 £15 submission fee. According to Google, that's $19.35 US dollars, and we can use Paypal  ::-)
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Research / Re: big outdoor events kids go to?
« Last post by dewsanddamps on Yesterday at 12:10 PM »
And winter sleigh rides! (Or hay rides in autumn.)

Also, the towns we've lived in (Midwest) have downtown Christmas walks in early December, where businesses are open in the evening and have food and drinks, and the library has craft projects to do. People wander around from business to business as they see fit. It would be a good way to get siblings together and away from their parents if that's your goal--parents usually let their kids go on ahead of them.

One town had a Santa parade, too, as the last event of the evening.
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Contests and Challenges / Re: Chicken House Times Competition
« Last post by hairaplenty on Yesterday at 10:30 AM »
I can't find the submission fee. Do you know what it is?
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Research / Re: big outdoor events kids go to?
« Last post by Pons on Yesterday at 08:12 AM »
Corn mazes are very big in Utah. They are fields of corn that have mazes plowed into them. Corn easily grows taller than most people, so once you are inside, it can be challenging (and fun) to find your way out. The mazes take a lot of planning on the owner's part. There are often refreshments and other fun activities associated with the mazes. It is something teens can do on their own with younger siblings tagging along.
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Contests and Challenges / Chicken House Times Competition
« Last post by mgmystery on Yesterday at 07:28 AM »
2018 Chicken House Times competition is open! https://www.chickenhousebooks.com/blog/2018-timeschicken-house-open/
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Research / Re: big outdoor events kids go to?
« Last post by KeithM on Yesterday at 04:43 AM »
Thanks so much everyone, blueboards are great! It's good to see that in a way local events are same as they ever were. Corn mazes is something I'll have to look up, sounds great, never heard of them even though there was plenty of corn near where I grew up. Dog sled races, wow Katie now that's an awesome event. I didn't realize there are ski jump spots in Michigan either. River walks, skating, zoo events, reading the list makes me want to go out a lot! Hmm, okay now back to planning . . . thanks again and anyone else who thinks of interesting, odd, people-full outdoor events keep 'em coming of course.
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