The Best of #CorgiYA, And The Benefits of Social Media Silliness

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Back in August, my wife jokingly suggested that we make a Twitter account for our dog, Augustus. I’d been occasionally tweeting about him being my “assistant” at P.S. Literary, and she thought it might be funny to make a profile of him doing just that.

And now he has over 1,200 Twitter followers. For a corgi tweeting his life goal of being a literary agent. The Internet is a wonderful place.

One of the quirky things I’ve been doing with Auggie’s Twitter account, is Photoshopping corgis into YA books. Poorly for the most part, and sometimes spending WAY more time than I should on others. #CorgiYA was born, and it’s a fun way to distract myself.

To celebrate his 1,000 follower landmark, I offered up a query critique contest. The best #CorgiYA would win a query critique from me and Augustus. Mine will be real, Auggie’s will be silly. And much to my surprise, a bundle of people jumped in to play along! Authors, editors, agents, publishers… it was a very fun few days on Twitter.

And I can’t talk about doing a social media game without pointing at the analytics of the fun.

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With over one million impressions and the reach to over 600,000 people, over 250 folks participating in favoriting, retweeting, talking about and creating their own images… a lot of people were engaged in having fun with this thing. It pulled in about 100 new followers for Auggie’s account and my own.

Remember, writers in the social media world. It doesn’t all have to be “BUY MY BOOK” to get people paying attention to you and sharing your stuff. In fact, it shouldn’t be. No one is on social media to be promoted at. They are here to have fun.

Do things like this. Have fun.

I also have to call out Ashley Ruggirello in particular here. She made some of my favorites in this game. I know she does freelance cover designs, and my goodness, her Photoshops during this were gorgeous. If you’re looking for a designer, please drop her a line.

As for winners, my three winners were from Lyndsay Ely, Ari Faye, Ashley Ruggirello, and The Book Voyagers. “Eric wait that’s four.” I know. I may have seen a query from one of these folks and given them notes already. So one is an honorary winner.

Here are the best of the best, starting with my four winners. Enjoy!

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WINNER: From Ash Ruggirello

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WINNER: From Lyndsay Ely

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WINNER: From The Book Voyagers

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WINNER: From Ari Faye Read more

My First Full Year as a Literary Agent: Six Lessons I Learned

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So last year was my first full year working as a literary agent.

I had a lot of awesome victories that I shouted to the social media winds and posted about here. I signed a number of rockstar authors, from well-established authors to debuts. You can check out my team in this handy Twitter list. They are all wonderful. I went to a bundle of conferences all around the country, so many that I can’t remember all the places. I even sold some books I can’t quite announce just yet.

And the ones I did announce? I’m so proud of them.

And while all of that sounds awesome, there were some big hurdles in the mix, and some major lessons I took away. Because for every author I picked up, there was another I didn’t get to work with. There were conferences that were, sadly, not a good use of my time. And I’m going to try to get better at handling all of these things.

Here are some of the lessons I learned, that I hope you can learn from too. Read more

An Update on Branded: Coming in March 2017

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Hey friends!

So, you might notice my next book, Branded, had a publication date change. It’s not coming out tomorrow.

Earlier this Fall, my rockstar editrix Meredith Rich left Bloomsbury’s digital imprint, Bloomsbury Spark, for another awesome gig. Branded wasn’t quite done yet, which put the book in an odd little limbo. That’s one of the quirky things about digital publishing. You can keep editing until a few months before the release date.

She’s still editing away, freelancing for Bloomsbury while doing cool things at her new publishing house, but instead of it being released this month, it’ll like come out in March 2017.

I’m patient, I know it’ll be out in the world eventually, so this shouldn’t reflect poorly on anyone involved. I adore Meredith and the team at Bloomsbury, and I’m excited for Inked’s sequel to be in your hands. It’ll just be a little longer.

So hang in there! The adventure continues in 2017.