Friday, May 1, 2015

Celebrate: Progress & Freebies!

Happy dancing 
to celebrate a great week!
(Especially after the last
yucky week.)

This week I'm celebrating:

1)  The Evil Spammer is gone!  I closed the linky about 10 days ago but the spammer continued to post.  Argh!  However, whatever cached site the spammer was using must have finally updated to show no sign-up window.  The spammer disappeared last Sunday.  For a moment I thought maybe he/she/it had stopped spamming people with sex links out of respect for the Sabbath. (lol!)  But Monday was clear too.  Then Tues. Then Weds and Thurs. And now today is spam-free too!  I'm thrilled there aren't 30 spam links I have to delete from the master list every day!

I've decided not to re-open the linky (for a while anyway).  I'll have to input people manually, so I'll be changing the main Celebrate page to show my email and instructions to write and ask to be put on the linky.

2)  I finally finished my short story revision and sent it off to my group!  Once I get feedback and edit, I'll publish it -- I'm so excited!

3)  After changing header banners on Twitter every day for weeks, I finally found one I liked. (Silly thing to obsess over, but I'm weird like that.)  I'm starting to enjoy interacting on Twitter and have reached 875 followers.  Not a bad start!

4)  I'm doing a good job organizing a blog hop for May 30-31 (more on that next week).  I'm reading/reviewing books for other authors.  I'm making promos for my books and beginning to schedule what, when, and where I post.  It's hard to keep up with social media, and I need to be more organized about it.

How do you keep your social media things organized?

My kind and wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Katie @ TheCyborgMom

Celebrate The Small Things Linky:





 Celebrate the Small ThingsTo be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is visit the Celebrate page on Lexa's Blog for the rules, and then post every Friday about something you're grateful  for that week.  It can be about writing or family or school or general life.  This is the funnest and easiest blog hop ever! (Originated by VikLit)



Foxy's Friday Freebies!

Foxy has been nosing around the net
When she finds great FREE STUFF, she'll feature it on Fridays Freebies posts -
  • Free short stories, novellas, and novels
  • Giveaways for books and swag
  • Free services for authors

Here are Foxy's suggestions for May 1, 2015:


Free Book of Poetry - Celebrate's own Carole Anne Carr has her book Kaleidoscope FREE on Amazon until May 5. Pick up your free Kindle copy now on Amazon UK or Amazon US.


Free YA Urban Fantasy/Mystery – win a copy of The Revelation of Louisa May by Michaela MacColl via entry form on page on The Children’s Book Review site. (ends May 29)

Free Bestselling SF Collector’s Edition novel – win a collector’s edition of The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials by James Dashner via the entry form on the page of The Children’s Book Review site. (ends May 22)


Free $20 Amazon Gift Card and Free UF Novel – to celebrate the release of Revelations by Jennifer Carole Lewis, she’s having TWO GIVEAWAYS. Enter to win a $20 Amazon gift card via rafflecopter on Romance Novel Giveaway blog. ALSO win one of 2 print copies of the book by entering a Goodreads giveaway via a link under the first giveaway. (ends May 15) 

Free $50 Amazon Gift Card – to celebrate the release of Adrenaline by Sunniva Dee she’s giving away a $50 Amazon gift card via rafflecopter on Romance Novel Giveaways. (ends May 20)

GREAT DEAL! Free $50 Amazon Gift Card - to celebrate the release of The Shadow of the Unicorn II: The Deception by Suzanne de Montigny she's giving away a $50 Amazon gift card via rafflecopter on The Single Librarian blog. (ends May 14) ONLY 20 PEOPLE HAVE ENTERED - YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING IS VERY GOOD! GO ENTER NOW! I DID! :)



For Foxy's other Freebies, go to the Freebie page.

If anyone has a FREE short story (for download or online at a free ezine), novella, novel, special giveaway, or author service, please let Foxy know so she can plug you here!  Write to: laura.6eg(at)gmail.com

51 comments:

M.R. R. said...

Yes! The spammers are gone.

Good luck with your short story and the new blog hop.

Medeia Sharif said...

Yay for the short story. I look forward to the blog hop.

I'm glad the spammer went away.

Suzanne Furness said...

Sounds like a much better week all round. Look forward to hearing more about your blog hop. Hope you have a lovely weekend :)

Dr. Theda said...

Is that the same "Spam" that Lady M was having a bit of trouble from???
Hope that you are well dear Lady Lexa...
and a better month (of May) to you as well....

Marilyn Parel said...

So happy the spam people bit the dust. This is one site I really enjoy. Yes, social media can be time sapping, but enjoy.

Jeremy Hawkins said...

I wish spammers would offer stuff, we might actually need. If you wanted the stuff they offer you wouldn't get from a questionable comment randomly inserted into post... like your readers are thinking... "hey you sure need some porn" oh here is some... thank you, but no spammers!

Jeremy

SENCO Cat Herder said...

Hi Lexa - I'm visiting via Katie (Cyborg Mum) as I would love to be added to your Celebrate the Small Things linky party Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace
If you need to contact me first please do so at: pempispalace@yahoo.co.uk

Mere Joyce said...

Yay for spammers being gone! That will definitely make for a nice week :)

Carole Anne Carr said...

Thanks so much for the helpful advice, Lexa.

JeffO said...

I keep my social media 'organized' by doing the following: my blog is for writing; my Facebook is personal. That's it.

Looks like you've had a good week--good riddance, spammers!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I find that the spammers come and go and then come back again and they have friends. Sometimes I just want to go back to pen, pencil, and paper.

Linda Kay said...

Except for the blog and Facebook, I've limited my social media stuff. It's just too much and doesn't leave me time to write!

Jolie du Pre said...

Thank goodness the spammers are gone. It was wise to close the link. I look forward to your upcoming blog fest!

Precious Monsters

T. Drecker said...

Yay for defeating those spammers! They can be sooo frustrating. And congrats to getting the short done. Can't wait to see what your blog fest is about.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Woohoo! No more spammers!

Way to go with your short story and with twitter - that's a lot of followers! Very cool!

I'm still working on managing all the social media. Let me know if you find a formula that works!

messymimi said...

Hooray for foiling spammers! And getting a story into the final phases! May your weekend be as good as your week was.

Birgit said...

Oh so glad you booted that spammer's butt out of your site. I am just on my blog and Facebook so...I don't do much organizing:) Have a beautiful weekend:)

Carole Anne Carr said...

You are so very kind. Thank you so much, Lexa.

lorilmaclaughlin.com said...

What a relief to get rid of the spammers! Congrats on having such a great week with your short story and social media! I need to get more organized. Enjoy your weekend!

Kate Larkindale said...

Yay for losing the spammer!

And congrats on finishing your story. I promise I'll get to it this weekend.

You're on fire on Twitter! 875 followers already??? Wow!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

So glad you got rid of your evil spammer. That must be such a relief. Congratulations on your story. And I agree, you can learn so much from the writing community. Have a great week-end.

Sharon Marie Himsl said...

That spammer sounded awful. Thank you for seeing this through. I got spammed once too during the a-z. Awful, nasty stuff, and I wonder if it was related. Anyway...gone now, and good riddens! Have a nice weekend!

PlanetKimberly said...

Your post made me smile. And laugh! I'm glad you got rid of the spammer. Congrats on your short story!

Stephen Hayes said...

Ding Dong the Evil Spammer is Gone! Wonderful.

Stephen Tremp said...

I could use a kick start for my social media. Nothing like a couple upcoming releases to help.

dolorah said...

Yay for ending spammers. Ya'd think they have better things to do with that much time :)

Have a good weekend Lexa.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

So glad the nasty people are gone from your site. I know it's horrible when they're always there.Have a great weekend with even more to celebrate.

alexia said...

Looks like we're doing similar things at the moment! I'm working on a novelette which is a prequel to my full-length debut novel being released in November, and starting on a marketing plan, etc. How do I keep social media organized? Trying to perfect that myself - I'm not organized at the moment, LOL!

Ann V. Friend said...

Thanks for stopping by Lexa. I am enjoying the blog hop! Enjoy your weekend :)

T.F. Walsh said...

Yay on the spammers going away... hope it stays that way. And congrats on finishing your next story... I loved it:)

SENCO Cat Herder said...

Thank you so much Lexa for adding me to the list so quickly - I'm visiting lots of new blogs and it's great to join in :) Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

Cathy Keaton said...

Yay, the spammer is gone! That's great and congrats on finishing up your short story edit.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad the evil spammer is gone! That must've been really annoying.
Awesome you finished the story.
I'm celebrating a full day away from the Internet yesterday after the Challenge. It was awesome.

Kim Lajevardi said...

Yay for the end of spammers!

Your accomplishments make me feel like a slacker. Do you sleep? I can't wait to read the short. It's on my to-do list for this weekend. ;)

Murees Dupé said...

I hate it when I get spammed. I sympathize with you and hope the spammer stays gone. Congratulations on your progress and all the best with getting your story published. I fuss over my Twitter banner too. It is so annoying when it doesn't look good. As always, wishing you the best!

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Hi Lexa! I've been gardening for the last day or so - late hopping. Looks like you've had your hands full... and loads of of fun on the way (smile).

875 Twitter followers!! You must be a good weird, (smile).

Thanks for slaying the dragon-spammers!! I knew you would.

["How do you keep your social media things organized?"] This may sound crazy but I still rely on steno pads. One for each media. As soon as I decide what to name a folder, file, or document, I mark it off the steno list.

Leandra Wallace said...

Ooh, that short looks scary! If it is indeed the cover you show to the right. =)

Kelley said...

Yay on getting your revision done!
And good job getting Twitter off the ground. It's a strange format for me, and I've struggled with how to make better use of it.
Cheers to you!

Sandra Cox said...

Lots of great giveaways.
Sounds like you've been wonderfully productive.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

How do I keep my social media things organized? Uhhh, who says that I do? A lot of times, I feel like I'm just swinging a hammer, Whack-a-Mole style. I keep up the best I can and hang out wherever the mood suits me.

DMS said...

So glad you had a better week and that the spammers are gone. Yeah! :)

Congrats on sending your ms to your group. Awesome!

Sounds like you have a busy month!
~Jess

Melissa Sugar said...

My comment just disappeared as I was typing it - on my phone so I applogize if this is a duplicate . Glad your spammer is gone. I don't really know how to keep my social media organized which is why I'm always missing out on the best tweets and Twitter conversations. I need a basic, beginners 101 course for social media, especially one that covers Twitter and Instagram. Do you know of any?
Congratulations on your short story.

Lynda R Young said...

Aw, won't you miss the spammer? ;)

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

awesome, you're super productive! Can some of that rub off on me?? haha. As for organization, oh, it never ends well. I always say I will be crazy organized and I wind up scrambling for everything at the last second (though I do find good old fashioned lists on paper help me a lot)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Glad the evil spammer is gone. Best of luck with the edits, the blog hop, and the social media. If you get it all figured out, let me know. I never seem to have the right balance. Sigh.

Heather R. Holden said...

Oh, congrats! Glad that persistent spammer is finally out of your hair. And ooh, a blog hop? How exciting! Looking forward to learning more about that... :)

Lara Lacombe said...

Wow, you're busy! :)

Glad the spam-bot is gone, and congrats on finishing up the short story!

I'm not a social media whiz, so if you figure out a fool-proof way to do that, please share!

Michelle Wallace said...

Congrats on the short story!
Social media? I'm still plodding along on FB and Twitter...

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I put our home telephone on hold while we were out of the country for 6 months. When I got home and reconnected, by the end of the first day I had 25 spam calls! Yes. I mean these people were waiting for me all those months. I feel so loved.

Glad your spammers are GONE!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

You've accomplished a lot lately. Glad the spammers are gone. Congrats on finishing revisions on your short story. Hooray for Twitter. Looking forward to your blog hop. I've heard of organized.

Jocelyn Rish said...

I seriously don't understand spammers - does it ever really work? My site gets bombarded every once in a while, too. I'm glad to hear they're gone now.

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