Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Writer's Kit and the Like Me Project



My totally awesome niece Melanie sent me such a fun "writer's kit" to celebrate my new contract that I had to share it. She managed to find an old ink well in a store near where she lives in Brooklyn and also found a totally fun "how to" book on short stories from the 1920s. In addition, she included two cute little pocket notebooks for whenever inspiration strikes. Finally, the Aquinnah coaster is to help inspire me with my WIP called the Ghosts of Aquinnah. Aquinnah is a town on Martha's Vineyard, where my WIP is set.

The ink well is the logo of my publisher, Ink Smith Publishing, so that makes it especially fun.

I was just so touched by this adorable gift I wanted to share it. It was such fun to open all the individual pieces and I know it will serve as great inspiration for both my current and future projects. :)

Also, Carol Kilgore of Under the Tiki Hut started a "Like Me" project before she went on her blog break, and decided to create a page on her blog for writers to leave the links to their various pages around the web. The goal is to give everyone a chance to "like" fellow writers' pages. 

I joined Carol's project, but I'm also jumping at the chance to piggyback onto her idea and do a little shameless begging here on my own blog. :D Now that I actually have a novel coming out next year (squee!) I want to focus on building my social media presence, even though I am the first to admit that I am horrible at keeping up with all the social media options!

I did start a writer's Facebook page and my goal at the moment is to get it to 100 "likes." If you're on Facebook and haven't already liked my page, I would be eternally grateful if you would like it now and help me get to 100! This is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/JulieAFlanders

Like I said, I will be forever grateful to anyone who likes me. :D And to those who already have, you have my eternal gratitude already. :)

Thanks to Carol for coming up with this great idea and providing a page on her blog for everyone to share their links.

And thanks again to my niece for being such a sweetheart! 


42 comments:

  1. I seem to always be behind on my blog reading, so a big congratulations on your book!
    And what a thoughtful gift. Such neat little surprises.

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  2. Oh...and I liked your facebook page. :)

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  3. What a cool, thoughtful gift. Love it. And, sorry, I don't have a Facebook page, or else I would "like" you. But I'm sure you'll get to 100 "likes" soon enough!

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  4. Thanks for sharing these information with us! Your blog is great!

    I'm currently reading Rob Colville's "Words to Riches.". I bought it from his website, http://www.words2riches.com, and it's really helpful for writers who want to earn money

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  5. @Laura, thank you! And I can totally relate, I've been terribly behind on blogging. It can be very hard to keep up! And thank you for the "like," I really appreciate it!

    @LG, thanks! I just love the gift. :)

    @dose.of.influence, thank you!

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  6. Such a thoughtful and awesome gift! I'm heading off to 'like' right now. :-D

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  7. Congratulations on the book :) and yes, that's such a wonderfully thoughtful present - she should market it!

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  8. That was a really lovely gift from Melanie! These moments should be celebrated by and with the people who love us. I'm so glad you posted about it, Julie.

    And best of luck to you with all the new wonderful tasks you will have now you are under contract! Huffah!

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  9. Congratulations on the book :) and yes, that's such a wonderfully thoughtful present - she should market it!

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  10. @Jaxbee, that's a good point! And thanks so much, I appreciate it.

    @Suze, thank you! LOL, the tasks are already making me a little edgy, I admit. :D

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  11. Really thoughtful gift. Thanks for the reminder. I signed up for Carol's 'like me' project, but need to check back 'cause I doubt I've gotten around to the liking bit of things. Off to check out your Fb page.

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  12. That's a lovely way to celebrate your success and your 'coming of age' as a writer.

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  13. What an incredibly awesome gift! And I went right over and "liked" you! It was my pleasure! Can't wait to read your book!

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  14. An inkwell - very cool gift!
    I'm not on Facebook - I'm sorry.

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  15. @JL, thanks for checking out the page. And I was the same, I needed to check back in with Carol too.

    @Derek, it really is, thanks.

    @Lisa, thank you!

    @Alex, no problem! I do love the ink well. :)

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  16. Your niece is an amazing and thoughtful young lady, and put together the perfect gift for you. You must be very proud of her... almost of proud as she seems to be of YOU. I'd be happy to "like" you on FB, if I figure out how to do it. (I only got an account so I can see the latest pictures of our grandchildren, and don't know how to do much else with it. But, hey! I'll go give it a try!)

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  17. a thoughtful and totally cool gift!

    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  18. @Susan, that's so sweet, thanks! I am very proud of her. :) I am amazed I figured out how to make a page on FB, I'm generally clueless about everything there LOL.

    @nutschell, I agree, thanks!

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  19. What an awesome and thoughtful celebration gift.

    Liked your FB page. Like mine, if you haven't. :)

    More of that stuff will roll along when you publish. But it's good to have things set up before you start and to get used to visiting places periodically.

    I will be thrilled to help you shamelessly promote.

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  20. I've "liked" your Facebook page.

    I absolutely love your gift. What a wonderfully well thought out and considerate gift. Perfect :)

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  21. Such an imaginative gift--and CONGRATS on the signing!

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  22. I “liked” already! What a great gift!! xx

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  23. What a great gift! Consider yourself liked :)

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  24. @Mary, oh, I think I already liked you but I better double-check. I do definitely like you LOL. :D I can't wait to promote, thanks!

    @Rebecca, thank you! And I agree about the gift, I just love it.

    @Donna, thanks!!

    @Carolyn, thank you!

    @Samantha, oh, I appreciate it, thanks!

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  25. What a thoughtful and fabulous gift! I logged back onto facebook for only TWO reasons today, Julie. One was to enter a contest to win tickets to see Paul McCartney when he's in St. Louis in November....AND to "Like" you on your page!

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  26. Hey Julie,

    I sent you a LIKE and I Tweeted your post... hope it helps :)

    PS... are you on Twitter?

    PPS... nice prezzies, you have good peeps in the family:)

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  27. Hi Julie .. what a great gift - a very thoughtful niece! How fabulous .. I'm sure you were completely bowled over the gift - then the contract, which is just amazing - so pleased for you.

    I'll be getting myself organised into FB etc in October .. and so will definitely give you a plug ... good luck with it all ..

    Congratulations ... what a fun time you're having .. cheers Hilary

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  28. @Becky, oh wow, I'm so flattered to be in the same company as Paul McCartney! Thanks!! And, I hope you win the tickets, fingers crossed!

    @Mark, oh, thank you! And I am on Twitter, I will look you up there.

    @Hilary, thanks so much, I appreciate it. And you're right, I was totally bowled over by the gift, it was such a great surprise!

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  29. What a fun and motivational gift! Congrats again, and I "liked" your FB page. :)

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  30. What a neat gift! And very well thought out. The Like Me project sounds great; I just liked your FB page.

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  31. Thank you Michael and Shannon! I really appreciate your "likes." :)

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  32. Congrats on the book and what a nice gift you got. I'm going right now to Like your FB page.

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  33. What a precious gift! And what a thoughtful friend!

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  34. @LynnMarie, thank you for the like, I appreciate it. :)

    @Susan, I really do love it, precious is a good word. :)

    @Tonja, I agree. :)

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  35. Well, I like you so I've made it OFFICIAL on your Facebook fan page. lol

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  36. Brinda, LOL, thank you!! I appreciate it. :)

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  37. Your niece definitely takes after her generous aunt! I really do LIKE your FB page, and I'm sure you'll be up to 100 very soon! I'm so excited about Polar Night! Julie

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  38. What a great gift!

    I liked your page - I didn't realise you had one - hopefully it's new and I haven't just been ignoring it!

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  39. @Annalisa, thank you! And the page is new, thanks so much for the like!

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