I just got back from a 3-day writers retreat in Lodi. This was our second meeting of the West Coast members of OnFireFiction, the 12-member writers cooperative I joined earlier this year. We had tons of vital publishing decisions to discuss. First on the agenda, the upcoming promotional calendar for our fabulous 5-author release: Love Me Some Cowboy.
The book comes out Sunday, MAY 26! Pre-orders on iTunes have been great! Be sure to grab a copy, but in case you’re the gambling type, you can sign up for my CONTEST because I’m giving away a copy, along with a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a copy of any book in my Screw Senility series.
The second most important thing we covered was how to find and upload photos of hunky guys to share on OFF’s Facebook page. I chose several, including Chris Pine. Those eyes!
Star Trek Into Darkness, here I come!
But, seriously, we spent most of the time staring at computer screens trying to get our group conference set up with the other 8 members of OFF, all of whom live East of the Rocky Mountains.
Because it’s my blog and I haven’t seen them in much too long.
Here’s what we found out:
Skype sucks with a crowd. We discovered it makes the sound of a braying donkey if people’s volumes were turned up. That was good for a laugh, but very hard to work around.
At one point each of us had a laptop open and were connected with one of our members on the east coast. Have you ever seen the TV show Elementary? Sherlock has 6-8 TV screens bunched together with different shows playing. That’s sorta how it was. And–news flash!–none of us is Sherlock Holmes. It was a headache in the making.
Day 2, we tried Google+ Hangouts.
Actually, this service worked pretty well ( you need a gmail account and you have to upload Hangouts). Nobody got dropped. When you reached a certain number of participants, Hangouts would arbitrarily mute certain people. I’m not saying who…okay, me. And Barbara McMahon. We’re not sure why. But, the point is: Google+ Hangouts worked. In case, you ‘re interested.
One of the fun things to come out of this brainstorming was a decision to have more fun with Facebook. If you friend OnFireFiction on Facebook, you’ll start seeing our Man Candy Mondays, Fur-Baby Wednesdays and First Line Fridays. We’ll post the first line of the book each of us (or whoever is around at the time) is currently reading and we’ll see if anyone can guess it. Readers can try to stump us, too. (That shouldn’t be too hard.)
Here’s another pic of the gang (Karen Sandler, Barbara McMahon, me, Ginger Chambers). Eating. Of course.