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Monday, March 26th, 2012

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1:22a
In Which I Join LibraryThing and Shelfari, And My Head Explodes From Social Networking
My publisher's promotional guide is going to be very useful. When I have uninterrupted computer time but not enough free brain cells for writing, I work my way through the more mechanical of its suggestions. I don't need the full range of my abilities to create a username and password for yet another social networking site.

What I'm going to do with all these social networking sites once I've caught them is another question entirely. Fortunately, there's some lead time before the book comes out, so I have a chance to find my footing.

Are any of you on LibraryThing and/or Shelfari? Any suggestions for how to make the best use of them? For that matter, I've had an account on GoodReads for a couple of years, and haven't used it since about the second week I had it. With all these apparently obligatory forms of promotion, I must be the one using them. I absolutely cannot afford for a dozen or so networks to be using me.

The more strategic of the promo guide's suggestions will require more full engagement of my brain. Those will have to wait until the manuscript is delivered. Soon, soon! The manuscript is so close to done now. I will try not to think about how long it's taken me to get this far, or how much faster I could write before the kids were born, or any of that counterproductive stuff. Full speed ahead!

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