Have you ever been to a book release party? I have. I remember the first one I ever attended. It was MASSIVE. Of course, it was for Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince. I think it was Watermark books who put it on. They rented out the Orpheum and counted down the time until midnight, when the book would be available for purchase. We played games and watched the movies and drank butterbeer, and, yes, I was probably one of the oldest people there. But it sticks in my memory as the standard for what a book release event should be.
Maybe someday I’ll be able to rent the Orpheum for a book release event. Wouldn’t that be awesome? But it is not this day.
This day, my budget is pretty much limited to a digital party. And that’s what’s happening tomorrow. Yes, the book released officially back in December, but we’re still celebrating. And there will be a bunch of us partying on Facebook tomorrow night, from 7pm to 9pm Central to celebrate the release of New Name!
And I won’t be celebrating alone. Two of my amazing author friends are joining me with books of their own to give away, Morgan Busse and Janeen Ippolito. When my publishing buddies and I first started Crosshair Press, we went to Morgan with questions, and we found a wonderful friend who encouraged us and supported us. Plus, I adore her writing, especially her most recent release, Tainted, a steampunk adventure novel.
Both of these awesome ladies will be joining in on the fun for this Facebook party, and I would LOVE to introduce you all to them.
So that begs the next question: Have you ever been to a Facebook party?
Yes, that’s a thing.
It’s an awesome thing. A Facebook party is basically like a regular party. It just happens online. Instead of talking to folks face to face, you chat on a Facebook event page. Since it’s a sort of new concept for most folks that I know, I thought I’d offer a few tips on how to really enjoy a Facebook party.
1. Show up a little early.
Maybe the party isn’t scheduled to start until 7pm, but the organizers are usually there with fun stuff to do and games to play or tidbits about the books in question that you might enjoy.
2. Refresh your page often.
The downside to Facebook is that the page feed doesn’t refresh often enough to really participate in many conversations. So the F5 key should be your friend during a Facebook party. Refresh your screen and see where new comments have been posted on topics. Leave your own comments. And then refresh again.
You won’t catch everything. That’s pretty much impossible. But focus on one thread at a time. And then you can always go back and read over everything again once the party is over.
Even if it’s just a single word or a comment, post something on a thread. You have no idea how encouraging it is to the organizers to know that people are actually paying attention to what’s happening on the page.
And the more visible you are on the page, the more likely you are to win one of the AWESOME prizes that we’re giving away.
4. Have some questions ready before the party starts.
You may already know what you want to ask the people who are participating in the event. If you do, throw them out. Don’t hesitate. Don’t wait until someone else asks them. Put your questions out when you can and wait for an answer. The organizers will get to it.
Sometimes questions may strike you during the party, and that’s awesome. Ask those questions too. But have a few questions ready before the party starts.
5. Be prepared for Fun!
Facebook parties are usually times of intense hilarity. There will be lots of funny posts, funny quotes, and funny games. So try not to take it too seriously.
Will I see you there?
The first time I took part in a Facebook party, I felt pretty overwhelmed. And don’t be surprised if that happens to you too. It’s all good. Embrace the chaos. Have some fun. And you might even win some awesome stuff. (Like a Kindle Fire loaded with every book in the Morningstar Series…. just saying.)