Has marketing through social media turned this Gen X’er into a Millennial?

That’s what the survey says!  Honest.  Pew Research Center has a quiz that says:

“Take our 14 item quiz and we’ll tell you how “Millennial” you are, on a scale from 0 to 100, by comparing your answers with those of respondents to a scientific nationwide survey. You can also find out how you stack up against others your age.”

The article that goes along with it is here that says a little, but I’m sure you’ll just scroll down to scratch your head as to why the scores matter and so forth.  You can’t say I didn’t offer though.  It really attempts to explain the importance of things in our lives by generations.

So for funsies I plugged ahead.  We’ll just say that I turned out to be a Millennial.  A very high Millennial.  I’m not about to go about saying that score because I’m not sure how I want to take that answer.  You see, I’m a Gen X’er.  That’s what I’m labelled.  I’m closer to the end of it, so maybe that’s why I’m a little different.  I think it’s great for the attitude that I carry around to NOT act my age.  Sometimes this lady right here can be the youngest most animated person in the room rushing about like superman on speed.  Other times I’m like that old lady in the comic who is crabby and complains about everything especially her aching bones to just sour apple attitude.  So why am I a little off kilter about being called a Millennial?  I’m not hating, I’m really not; I cringe as the assumption on X’ers too.  I wish there was something that was called the OTHER generation.  You know, the ones who use technology, but don’t twitch too bad if you don’t use it (okay I do a little, but I need my coffee first so that could be where the twitch comes from).  I’m also looking forward in life and have a strong empathetic feel for people and humanity is quite important to me.  Pretty funny considering the first chapter of my first published book sticks humans as slaves or cattle, right?

Okay, so maybe I’m babbling and making no sense; it wouldn’t be the first time.  I think I know a little reason why my answer, and “age” happens to be skewed.  Marketing.  Social Media.  Remember all my issues trying to get the formula right about how to get my information, and my book, out to as many people as possible?  I did everything I was told to do and BOOM I had so many things online that exposed me as an author that I didn’t (and still don’t) know how to utilize them.  So I still slave away scratching my head trying to figure it out which means I’m spending a lot more time doing exactly what my scores revealed for me.  I blog, I tweet, I have an author page for Facebook, Goodreads, and Amazon that goes with my book Rise of a Queen that is on sale in all Amazon countries that carry Kindle, (a few links: US, UK, CA).  I even have the physical book. I have an about.me page (one of the first things I did that I will more than likely have to update) which I have no clue what to do with unless its something like a virtual business card.  Oh I have a Google+ but guess what?  Its bone dry and I’m figuring that out.  I interact with other bloggers, message boards, actual people, all the things I need to do marketing.  The thing is that most of it is online.  Why?  Because that’s where the people are.  I can’t camp outside bookstores screaming to read my book for a few reasons. The main one is it’s an e-book.  Can you imagine a nice little sign I carry saying buy my book…..but not here you have to go online instead of this nice bookstore I’m in front of.  The second reason is that it’s NOT in bookstores because B&N is a turd and it’s easier to do taxes than to get your physical copy there and the local bookstore is dwindling to an almost fearful drip of death.  There are used bookstores, but hardly any real ones.  You know the kind, it wasn’t too long people frequented themselves scanning the shelves for the newest treasure.  They didn’t go in for books that were on the best seller list; they went in for a book to read that interested them and it didn’t matter when it was written or by whom.  

This brings us back to online.  Oh the ever loving yet hated internet.  Digital is everywhere and sometimes surrounds a person in their sleep.  Plugging things here and there to remind people that yes, you really do exist and that you did something that you wanted to share with them.  It doesn’t put a hole in ones pocket and is quite painless, except that is seems like a full time job.  I’ve attempted backing away but how can I?  It honestly played with my sales at that point.  As we all know I’m not planning on being super rich, heck the reality is that I hope to have enough money to put back into each book I work on.  The tough part when doing all the marketing I have to keep up?  NOT WRITING.  I had spent so much time working on the business end that my creative one seemed to suffer.  I actually am quite thankful I’m not one to sit in front of the computer writing things down first thing.  I feel more comfortable with paper and pen, even more so.  I have to make sure I don’t have a wifi signal or connection to be able to get things done or the endless cycle happens once more.  The joys of being an Indie author I know.  I’m not ashamed to call myself that.  I’m proud.  I honestly look at the traditional publishing world and shake in fear of how much control I wouldn’t have.  In the same breath I mutter how I wish things could be easier on the promoting and marketing end.  I know some authors who spend a lot of time and money (which I do not have much of the latter) to get their work out there.  For most of them they are successful.  They have done this rodeo before.  I had nobody to guide me.  I have no idea about conventions and the like.  They do.  I applaud them.  I want to learn from them, but it takes time……..and technology.  *sigh*

So, back to the original reason I started this post before veering off into a jumbled mess from my brain to the page; I’m labeled younger when I’m older yet the reason for that specifically is sucking the life out of me because of my struggles to keep up and not fall behind.  I’m going to create an OTHER generation category where I feel more comfortable.  Anybody else with me?

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Oh my Gosh I can Breathe…almost

As some know, I have been very very busy.  I have been on the phone, researching, emailing, paying for things and all of the above daily.  It’s been a nightmare. The worst thing is that half my notebooks are in a box I’m going through withdraws so obviously I’m doing the best I can with my laptop.  

But today I get to breath, for maybe an hour or so, then back to what I was doing before.  I’m glad I have high energy, but by 8 I am passing out on the couch.  I hope all this ends soon, which it will.  Until then, I may have to hide behind stacks of clothes for quiet time.  Oh wait!!! I have a bottle of cherry vodka in the freezer….that just might do.

As of late, with everything I am doing, my technology rants keep going with a mixed message.  Thank goodness I get to use them but *#!@ at the same time I have to use them and no way around it. SO booooooooo.

On a good note, the Goodreads drawing is getting a great response and I have already had two successful e-book giveaways on twitter for my followers.  My Queen will live as long as someone has her story in their hands.

The Rise of Me through technology,and a look back at the growth

As this is Tuesday, I have realized I haven’t truly blogged in a while, and maybe this won’t be much of a blog, who knows.  Driving is quite….tiring, especially after an exciting weekend.  

As much as I loved Atlanta and the exciting radio opportunity; I think I thoroughly enjoyed seeing a good friend as well, or even better.  He’s been like a brother to me, and if you heard on the radio, you can catch our odd introduction to one another, when the internet was a tad less browsed and complex as it is today. How amazing things have changed since 2000, right? Yahoo groups/message boards (I saw the switch-over then finally the disappearance of Groups altogether) .  Then there was the messenger or email, only way to get involved and speak with people.  It seemed crazy back then to consider anybody met over the internet as a friend, but now it is more than acceptable.  I watched the rise and fall of Myspace, and through that more friends I found.  Facebook came around and BOOM, not only did I keep up with current friends and the ones I met online through other means, but I became reunited with friends from high school and my favorite time of my younger years when I was in Germany.  I am very grateful for the internet for my friends.  As many as I do have in real life, having lost a few and gaining a few, it seems those I keep in contact with the most are the ones I hold near and dear and it doesn’t matter how I came about doing so.  As I realize the area I live in doesn’t have as much of a place for me as it does elsewhere, staying to myself and working on my writing is a great option.  I can be by myself when I want but enjoy everything people are saying and doing.  And as my book is on the virtual shelf and in a nice little paperback that I control completely, I have learned so much.  Blogging seems to have revitalized a little bit of vigor into my life and the new people it has brought me.  I never was one for personal journalism into a nice bound book, and I have tried; just of thinking, pondering, questioning, and just speaking, and writing obviously. Isn’t it funny how that is the opposite of Tessa?

(Back to my weekend for one second) What is even more interesting was the mini-reunion I had with someone who was quite dear to me when I lived overseas thanks to the military.  Now THAT was a different time.  Until maybe a year ago finding each other on Facebook I haven’t seen him since we left Germany in ’92.  The moment we met up, we hugged and talked as if we had never parted.  It is amazing how one can pick up where one has left off.  To think I will be doing the same with quite a few more old friends in a little less than 2 months.  Amazing opportunities rise ahead of me and I take every moment I can to cross promoting my book with enjoying time with my friends.  That will be something interesting indeed.  Maybe I can get some knowledge from one of my old friends who is a bigger tech person than I can ever assume to be.  

 

That was fun

i’m sitting back at my friends place ready to go to bed and thought I owed it to everyone to let them know that I had a super spectacular time with Stretch & Supa Sonic Scott on the Junkyard radio show on Garage71.  Seriously, this place was awesome inside of awesome.  I walk inside and I see bikes, nice shiny bikes.  The rest was just something I would have to explain every detail of and there is not enough time left on my nite nite medicine to have me do that all.  

BUUUUUTTTTT I felt the promotion went out without a hitch.  Of course I’ve never had a hitch so I don’t know how to tell the difference.  I can tell you this.  When we came back on each hour and spoke, I felt completely at home, not really threatened, oddly shy, but it felt great.  I have made another accomplishment and it was with some wonderful people.  I hope that people learned a little about my book, and me, and are not running for the hills as of yet.  I love my followers and my fans and my friends. I REALLY love the ones who listened in, at least for the first bit, considering rock and metal may not be your thing.  I even got to do a few shout outs to some very important people so all in all I had a good day. Bonus…..more technology I know nothing about but at least I am not the only one lost in the social media world.  By the by. I googled myself, not offensively of course.  How happy does it make you feel when you take up the whole page?  It was amazing.  I’m beaming with excitement. Can you tell?

Tomorrow I head to see a friend and use that time to work about my book, so basically this is a working vacation for me.  I’ll take that and.  

Goodnight all and will speak with you soon.  We are talking about putting a sound clip together of just the interview itself, cross fingers.  

Quick note to show I’m alive

and somewhat well. Had a long two weeks of non-vacation and I begin with a Whovian issue.  I believe Moffett and the Doctor are making us afraid of the internet.  Do they read my blog or something?

Am I a Blogger or an author?

It seems I have morphed into two separate people.  My blog, oddly, has very little to do with my writing. At this point it seems almost like a little extra something here and there.  I don’t blog constantly and oh I wish I could, but there is only so much I can talk about isn’t there?  Yay I get my work out, yay one thing or another. Those come on occasion.

But what really happens when I blog? Usually its at an odd hour of the night because I have this odd thing about staying up way past my bedtime. When I do it is out of curiosity or frustration or just downright head-scratching.

So here’s the thing, I have come to love both in one way or another, but I am certain someone could do a better job than I.  I started off trying to get things off the ground, like many early writers do I went to the *gasp* internet. I swear it was not around when I needed it way back when. It says do this, then that, and before doing another thing don’t forget to one and carry the two and….math and technology. Bloody hell. “Set up a blog” they say. Sure I did that. But it is supposed to be attached to my author page? Or should it BE my author page? No matter what it meant I’ve done it now and I can only cross my fingers it is somewhat easy to navigate. I like easy. Easy is great. No fuss, no muss.

Marketing, yes that’s what it was supposed to be for. I remember now. How good a job am I doing at marketing when I’m just rambling around like someone who’s had one too many a drink and ready to break out the Irish drinking songs.  Now it doesn’t seem to matter. I think I’m getting a fit, even if it’s not my original intent I like reading blogs, I like rambling. The dog and cat only listen so much and we won’t even talk about anybody else for fear of the look of death.

Something happened to my last post

I was wondering a few things.

From authors. Incorporating a paypal button for the ebook onto a site, yay or nay and why? I want real feedback. The comment section has become quite dry.

From more tech saavy people, if I chose to do the paypal method, how in the world can this be accomplished? There are tutorials but I’d have to have 3 computers going at one time to get all that information and I really would much rather be writing.

Oh blog, my blog….I have not forgotten ye

It may seem as though I am neglecting to keep up with this blog, I promise that is not the case. I’ve been working on looking over my proof with a magnifying glass to that I can get my book out on paperback.  I have also been attempting the whole marketing thing. Curious is that one is working.

I almost panicked the other day. My laptop was dying and I could not find the plug anywhere.  My ipod had no voice recorder set up on it and have you ever typed on one of those things? The same went for my phone. Seriously, what happened to keyboards?  Autocorrect is the worse. And I can bet you are asking “Where is your pen and paper you talk about so much J.S.” I have to admit I couldn’t find those as I walked out of the door either.  Go me!!!  I was working on a great idea I got from listening to the song (although in all honesty they don’t really go together but I have a song in my head for most of the important sections of my writings) and I had to jot that down. Then there is the idea of the book AFTER this series since I have most things mapped out and ready to go. Lots of new battles and conflict await as people watch key characters grow…..and die, or fated for something different. Oh and I forgot, A wonderful virus idea that a microbiologist that I know is dying to get me to work on and I keep telling him PATIENCE, let me breathe. So yes, very busy.

I’m quite certain that I have many more things I could be blogging about. I just found it quite funny that my need of the electronic equipment and the panic that ensued fit well with my previous blogs so here I am. TA DA.

Any great dictating app out there that I can download? 

From Dumpsters to Slovakian

What do dumpsters and the Slovakian language have in common?  SPAM.  Specifically comment spam.  Those who blog know of these terrible things and probably get a little giggle because they know exactly what I’m talking about.  It just recently turned to the Slovakian  I have had probably about 30 things regarding dumpsters for the past month alone. I was beginning to feel like it was telling me something.  Really? Garbage? Meh, maybe it was.

Then I thought about SPAM in general.  remember when that nice little email filter wasn’t there? How many pieces of it did you get a day?  It was annoying a Frell.  Then the filters. ahhhhhh, lovely little filters. Did we get them? Heck no, they still find a way in the inbox from time to time, but at least its far less than it used to be.

Pop-Ups. 1, 2, 3, 10 at one time? What have you been doing to get than many? As I joke I realize how annoying this really was and then the lovely pop-up blocker came into existance. And guess what? There are things called pop-unders and those are much harder to get rid of in general.  There isn’t any particular thing that can be done as a whole. They are completely legal because they are UNDER. Now what the difference is, I have no clue. Remember, I’m an internet idiot. A friend of mine suggested AdBlock as an extension  I think it may have helped, I don’t know. But it has helped the next annoyance.

Those stupid little video advertisements that start automatically and move across your screen. You know the one’s I’m talking about. The new shows, a new car, anything like that.That Adblock is great about that. But, I only know it for it Chrome application so I apologize if there is nothing similar for Explorer or Firefox.

Phishing.  It took me forever to figure out what that was. I was one of the lucky ones that happened to be too paranoid to really be affected (waiting for something to strike me down as an “I told you so”).  It could be the growing up in a military family and dealing with things of high security at all times. Or I’m just a paranoid old lady we’ll never know.

This is a fun word, Smishing. I swear I giggle at it when I attempt to say it. No matter how hard I try it comes out sounding nothing less than a made up word. Try to say it? How do you think it should be said?  What is this Smishing I’m talking about? Obviously its a nice brand new made up word for those crappy spam messages that are sent to our cell phones.   The first time I got one, it freaked me out. It used my name, and then told me to click on a link for free e-cigarettes.  It was very odd, first because the cell isn’t in my name, second because I have already stated I attempt to be very secretive, and third and most important is that I don’t even bloody smoke.  I have also received other ones “reminding” me that I have a job interview and sends the address in the message.  I have no use for the workplace, I like it just fine behind my desk writing and maybe making a little money to pay for the coffee I drink. So they have found a way to bypass email, pop-ups, the do-not-call registry.  YAY aren’t we special? I’d ask if these people had day jobs and realized that that probably IS their day job. Sad, just sad. All the crap, all the hacking even. All of it is for a job to annoy the crap outta someone or be so good at it the Government hires them. (This, coming from my retired military father, so I cannot confirm or deny what I just said).  But there is some kind of hope in a way. No, they won’t magically stop appearing on your phone. Here is something that you CAN do though. Hey wait, am I about to say something actual useful?  Report it immediately by forwarding the text to 7726, which spells out SPAM on most phones. That will send the information to a service that’s operated by the telephone companies, which use it to identify and shut down problems on their networks.

What other annoyances are out there that I have forgotten? I’m not talking about your mom or dad calling you way too much, because seriously all of them do and we unfortunately pick up wishing we hadn’t because we could care less that our cousin twice removed just went into the hospital. So we’ll just have to leave that one off the list

Old Friend….New Friends……The perfect storm

As I sit here and plan a few vacations (and where I’m getting the money) I can’t help but think about the topic. In the past few days things have really been going fast (although I could see book sales get a bit higher *ahem).  It is slowly becoming available at most of the e-stores. Seriously its not a heavy romance and no sparkles involved. Tell your friends and message me with their sales and I may throw in something for you for every few that buy. But shhhhhh.

NOW ONTO NOT THE BOOK

I am having a mini-reunion.  Not a big bunch but tickets in hand.  Vegas 🙂 Fun right?  I don’t gamble but I love the sights and the nightlife.And I get to see my old friend.  Vegas, a place were anything can happen.And my main worry?  Working on my laptop on the flight and finding a wifi spot to connect to my cloud.  Yes me, using technical terms.  I was gifted a cloud I doubt I will ever know what to do with but its there for me.

So those are the old friends.  My new friends?  Well I met them the last time I was in Vegas.  Awesome bunch of people.  Can’t wait.  I do hope my book sells more.  I would like to see some money come into that paycheck for me since it is my only job.

No matter how this all came about,the whole technology I’ve been bashing, or been cursing under my breath of change has done all of this.  Facebook, cell phones, online ticket purchase.  It is much easier.  But of course it NEVER EVER EVER stops there.  I’m telling you, I see a society so stuck like cyberman that it boggles my mind.  Or worse….the borg.  Which would you prefer?

I prefer to wait for that blue box and run away as fast as I can.

Rise of a Queen: The Vampire Realm

Book is available @ Amazon, Diesel, Kobo, Smashwords and soon to be many others.I started on goodreads if you are interested in checking that out. I’ve got so many books I need to review and read,

People have suggested a print copy but I’m not certain. If people aren’t buying as much of the ebook, print would be a waste don’t you think?