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I've had the pleasure of becoming friends with some fantastic talents. Though people of a published author's standard often thank their readers in acknowledgements and random spot visit's to their fan's on a website, it's not as personal as actually becoming friends with their fans. It's part of the job to keep the fans enthusiastic about what ever is coming out next. This is not what Anita does. I joined the "Splintered fan club" because I loved the book. It was a fantastic choice because I not only got to chat with all the other people who the book touched, I became friends with Anita Grace... I'm not the only person who can say that. A.G. Howard goes above and beyond when it comes to her fans. Instead of acting like what a hipster author with the power to play her fans into thinking they know her, she takes time out of a relentless schedule that doesn't even give time for her own interests to socialize, and then cross that line and truly become friends. Not only is A.G. Howard's books a place to escape the horror's that life can throw at me, Anita herself is a place of warmth. Most social author is a category that A.G. not only deserve's, but one she earned by becoming a friend, that genuinely takes interest in the lives of her fans beyond what it is in relation to her career. I personally was touched by her kindness during a very chaotic & painful time in my life. Anita Grace Howard took the time to help. I'm not the only one. It would only take moments to think of a legion of people who have example's of A.G. Howard's honesty & realness. What people get beyond a fantastic talent is an even more brilliant friend or guide. Anita leaves in her wake smiles, personal attention w/o an angle. This is a rare thing. Technology makes it simple for people to connect. A.G. makes it simple to be her friend. Just ask. If any author deserves an award for their skills to socialize, and due it with a pure purpose? I don't have enough space to encapsulate all the varied reasons why in one (long though it may be)paragraph. A.G. Howard gave the world her talent, but she gives people her time. I really hope that I've been able to convey that this award belongs with Anita Grace Howard. With all the ways to contact people from Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter ect. A.G. can be found everywhere, leaving smiles and real friendships in her wake. I can only hope that I was as sincere about why A.G. Howard deserves this award as she has been in socializing... Even if it wasn't always just fun, that's rare. Please honor it.
-Sincerely Clare Dooley
Hello! I’m so thrilled to be nominated for the Most Social Author award! I started on social media for my book promotion at the end of April 2013. Since then, I have over 650 Twitter followers. While that may not seem like a lot, it reflects my “style.” I’ve read plenty of information about how to amass a lot of Twitter followers, but I’m there more to make connections. I want to be able to interact with people, create friendships, and cultivate professional relationships. I’d rather have a small number of followers with whom I’m actively involved than a large group where we barely interact. In addition to Twitter, I maintain a very active website. I write personal blogs and host other authors. It’s been super successful and garnered me a lot of attention and more connections. I’ve asked some other authors and bloggers to provide testimonials about my “style.”
I spend a lot of time on social media. When I wake up, I check my feeds. I continue to check it throughout the day at random intervals and again before I go to bed. I maintain a presence on Twitter, FB, Google +, and on my blog.
Thank you so much for the nomination, friends! I’m honored to even be considered amongst the other great author nominees!
My Twitter friend, Erin Albert, @ErinAlbertBooks is the most consistently on-line interactive person I’ve ever met, with boundless energy and enthusiasm. She doesn’t have a huge following…yet. Right now it’s less than a 1000, but only because she is relatively new to Twitter (though it is growing steadily). But if you watch her feed, she interacts with everyone. It is phenomenal to observe how much she knows about all of her followers, how much she cares, and how much fun she is. Her blog is only four months old, yet it is one of the most interactive and fun blogs I’ve read. She hosts a lot of people, myself included, and the comments are bountiful and positive. Like her Tweets, there is an amazing amount of fantastic energy that radiates from her posts. It draws you in and makes you register to get her posts via email, because you don’t want to miss any. One of her favorite games is Twelve Random Facts, where the guest blogger writes up twelve random things about themselves. It is a completely fresh approach to author interviews.
—Jay Scott, Author of 122 Rules
Erin Albert is an incredibly social author. You can find her tweeting on Twitter, talking anything from rooting on friends and CP's to interacting with her growing fan base. She's also great at promoting her fellow authors and bloggers.
Speaking of blogging, Erin has a wonderful blog. You can find her posting about grammar, writing, running, life in general, or my favorite- the 12 random facts. She's also guested on several blogs, giving grammar advice and talking about passive voice (she is the Passive Voice Hunter, as several of us have named her!).
On Facebook, she poses a question of the week- always fun and amusing to see the answers.
I've really enjoyed getting to know Erin through all her social networking.
Erin Albert was one of the first authors I met when I joined Twitter. She is so outgoing and friendly! She definitely is the Most Social Author I've ever met! She always replies to every mention she gets on Twitter. Seriously, EVERY mention! Each one of her followers is a friend of hers, and that's very rare. She is so upbeat and loves connecting with her readers! I am so excited for her new book, The Prophecy, to be released in November! Vote for Erin Albert to win Most Social Author; she truly deserves it!
—Jack at The Book Stop
Hi peeps. I'm Fiona Paul, AKA Paula Stokes. Let's see, between my dual writerly selves I have about 2500 twitter followers, 650 FB likes (though the Penguin-run /venombooks page has like 8500 likes--how did they manage that??), and a laughably low number of blog followers. I also Pinterest as Paula and I think Inky and like 5 other people follow me there :)
Anyway, I don't pin, post, or blog enough to actually win this award, but I just wanted to say thanks for nominating me. I honestly *gasp* don't like social media very much except for twitter which I love because it's a great way to talk to readers. I LOVE talking to readers. Blogging? FB status updates? That stuff feels like work. Talking to you guys is like fun and friendship and free research all rolled into one and tied up with rainbow colored kittens. I also like twitter parties and blog tours and just finished up three blog tours for Belladonna. If you read Belladonna and cross-post your reviews over at Goodreads and those other bookish places, then Falco or Luca will visit you in your dreams--maybe Falco and Luca if you're extra lucky ;-)
Twitter: as of noon on 7/20/13 I have 11,317 followers. I've been with this account for about a year and a half. I used to tweet from @EndingUnplanned but that was an old blog name and I switched when I signed my book contract so it could be easier to find me ;)
Facebook is something I'm FINALLY getting the hang of. I'm much better on Twitter, BUT I'm on my street team FB page practically 24/7, which helps me be more active in general.
- My personal profile has 2, 145 friends
- My Street Team, the Flirt Squad has 117 members
- My Author Page has 1474 likes
- And finally on my Super Sweet fan page I'm sadly not very active here so I only have 459 lol
Goodreads: I have 3,501 as of noon on 7/20/13 (I'm pretty active here, too, so this number grows a lot) and currently just over 400 Fans
My Website is Rachel Harris Writes, and my blog addy is here. I don't really keep track of followers here anymore, but when I post regularly (getting better at this lol), traffic is pretty good. You can also sign up for my newsletter here, which has a really good subscription base
Tumblr: I have a page, and even sometimes remember to post to it! (He he)
I'm also a co-owner and blogger at YA BOUND which has over 1500 followers, and is home to the widely popular (and bloggy award nominee) Swoon Thursday!
I'm a social media addict. And I ALWAYS reply to readers and fans. I'm forever on Twitter. For my FB Street team, the Flirt Squad, I share weekly teasers, exclusive prizes and swag, and chat pretty much all day. My author page tends to mostly be the feed for my blogs and my twitter feed, along with funny graphics about reading and writing life. Goodreads is where I keep track of my reading addiction and share recommendations with other readers--I'm a book addict and love talking books!! My blog goes through stages of being updated frequently, depending on what books are being promoted and how deadline crazed I am (he he). And on YA Bound, while I occasionally post spotlights and things, my main job is posting the Swoon Thursday post each week. We also have a new feature in the works ;)
Remember, voting will last a week until August 8, 11:59 PM EST. Please only vote once, do not cheat, and good luck!