On January 17th, 2017 by eric

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!

treats you give

WINNER: From Ash Ruggirello

CORGKEEPER

WINNER: From Lyndsay Ely

WHEN THE MEAT WAS OURS

WINNER: From The Book Voyagers

wink corgi midnight

WINNER: From Ari Faye

Miss Peregrine Corgi

From @LyndsayEly

THE CORGI WITCH

From The Book Voyagers

CORGI GUIDE TO VICE

From The Book Voyagers

THE YOUNG CORGIS

From Riata Brown

THE SPINDLE CORGI

From Lexa Hillyer

TROUBLE FEATHERS

From The Book Voyagers

an abundance of corgis

From Ernie Chiara

the gilded corgi

From Kelly deVos

frost corgi

From Kelly deVos

tyranny

From Gwen Katz

corgi thousand skies

From Paper Lantern Lit

SIX OF CORGIS

From Ash Ruggirello

forgetting

From L. Ryan Storms

a corgi in time

From Ari Faye

fantastic corgis

From Ash Ruggirello

SIX OF CORGIS 2

From Ari Faye

infinite corgis

From Maria Vicente

this corgi song

From Ari Faye

our bark duet

From Ari Faye

corgi things

From Ash Ruggirello

 

 

simon corgi

From Ash Ruggirello

vicious corgi

From Ash Ruggirello

the corgi before

From Ash Ruggirello

sad perfect corgis

From Kelly DeVos

corgis on the edge

From Kelly DeVos

the black witch

From Kelly DeVos

the corgi races

From Lyndsay Ely

if i sit

From Ash Ruggirello

and i corgi

From Ash Ruggirello

against all barking

From Carrie Cuinn

the corgi king

From Ash Ruggirello

RESIST THE CAGES

From Jay Elliot Flynn

lord of the fleas

From Lyndsay Ely

hammers on bone

From 3D Pat

tiny pretty corgis

From The Book Voyagers

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