So... What has me all excited, you ask?
Well, it's something I've been considering for a while and I've finally made the decision to do it, along with a "launch date".
A couple of years ago, I started a second profile in Facebook so I had a place to hang out without being reminded of some things I went through a couple of years back and for a while, it worked. But in the last year, I've been going back to my original profile (which was started in 2007 when I joined FB) because one of my best friends is on that list and not the new one... Which meant the new profile was sitting, gathering dust and nothing was happening in it at all.
I was talking with a friend of mine that I met via one of my forums and said something about how I was thinking about putting my original/pink rose profile as "owner" of my FB author's page. She told me that whoever owns a page like that should have the profile name match the pen name (or something like that, can't remember the exact wording!), and that's what got me thinking. (This lady always makes me think, she's very intelligent as well as fun, and honest in her opinion on something!) So the decision to turn what was my "white rose" profile (so named because I have a white wild rose as the profile picture) into my author's public profile was born.
I made the announcement that on August 19th, that profile will be completely switched over and I got down to work. I cleaned out a lot of the "likes" on that page that may be considered "inappropriate" for a soon to be public figure, hid a lot of the statuses (or deleted them) that were NOT relevant to my writing and took down a lot of stuff that I do not want the general public seeing. Things like my concert reviews and photos are still up for all friends and the public to see but certain things like photos of myself and the inside of my house, etc are for certain eyes only, as who my family members are.
For the most part, things on that profile will be PUBLIC and people will be warned about it. If anyone wants to remove that profile from their list due to security reasons, I won't be insulted and fully understand. However, if anyone is only going to hang around looking for "dirt", they have another thing coming because any "dirt" I have will only be shown to people on the pink rose profile and it's only to a very select few that I trust fully. I know better than to air any dirty laundry publicly these days. *wink!* I learned that lesson long ago! Things like writing updates, photos of any delicious hardware I get for my computer, observations about writing, and general photos of the province will be shared to all of the friends on that list and sometimes publicly.
A banner with an original photo (taken by ME) and a quote from Book 1 has been designed, tested and redone (the first one had part of the text hidden by the profile photo), a profile photo has been updated, the bio, etc has been written and everything is now waiting for the big changeover and reveal that will happen this coming Monday. As for the quote itself, I wanted something from Book 1 on it and had several ideas but wanted to bounce them off of a few trusted people. Everyone liked one of them because it was short, sweet, to the point and it "stuck" with you. So that's the one I'm going with for now. I do have another quote in mind for a banner but that won't be used for a while, probably after I'm published. It's another one like the one I'll be using - short, sweet, to the point and will "stick" with everyone.
My blog may go through an "upgrade" as well, to match the theme of my author's profile and page. My new blog link is the same as my author's page (loveisthemusicoftheheart). It will take a lot of work to do but it CAN be done. It's not like this will be the first time I designed a look for a blog or a page after all! That won't happen until after the FB profile and page are updated though. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the red roses theme I currently have but they're more of a theme that my beloved mentor would use. Pink roses are more my thing, and since I've chosen another theme altogether for my page and profile, I think I'll be going with that on here as well. It's something that reflects myself, the province and something in the book believe it or not.
What it is, I'm not saying. It's only four days to go until the big launch/reveal so I think all of us can wait that long! The link to my author's page in FB is in the links area here for anyone who wants a peek at it. It's not updated with the new look yet, but it will be sometime on Monday! Watch for it everyone!
I'm very excited... I've been waiting for this for a very long time and can't believe this is finally happening!
(Before anyone asks, NO I am not published yet and haven't sent Book 1 out yet. It's still in the final stages of getting ready for publishers!)
Before I forget, my birthday is coming up and between my wonderful mother, husband and son, I got my birthday present a little early this year.... It's an external hard drive with a 1TB (terabyte) capacity. I'm floating on air, I LOVE IT! I have wanted one for ages because I am meticulous about backing up my writing almost every time I do an edit or add new material to my books and was going through a TONNE of memory sticks. I'd have an 8GB one filled within three months during a great writing streak, which means I was spending a lot of money in memory sticks alone. Yeah, the backup drive wasn't cheap but in the long run, it will be a lot cheaper than getting a couple of 64GB sticks (make that something like FIFTEEN of them!) and I'll have more room in the desk drawers (I have something like six memory sticks now, all are 8GB with a 16GB one tossed in) and everything will be in ONE place. I have things set up on the external drive so I can do a copy/paste of each time I work on the books to back them up, even though it came with software to back up the ENTIRE drive if I wanted to. If I did that, it would be filled up within a couple of months... I'll back things up when/IF needed otherwise, I'm more concerned about my books/manuscripts being backed up because I'm always working on them in some fashion! It's going to save me a lot of time and heartbreak, because I'll have all of it in ONE place instead of spread out over a zillion memory sticks! hehehehehe... Finally!
Have a lovely week everyone!