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I made some Twitter ads that I’m rather proud of. Here they are:

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Let me know which one you like best!

 

I’m still alive!

What I’ve been doing while you didn’t hear from me.

I just wanted you to know I’m still alive. In case you wondered.

Holiday

I’m sorry for not posting for over a week now. I actually have been on holiday, but my dear husband didn’t want me to announce that while we were away. As I had just read the news that a famous football player had been burgled after he posted an image of him and his family skiing in Europe on Instagram, I agreed with him. We didn’t get burgled.

Where did we go? Tuscany, Italy. It was beautiful there, albeit a little hot. At some point, we had the car registering 45°C! We went there with my husband’s family and had a great time.

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In the meantime, we’ve been back for a week now and I’ve been working day and night on my Book 2 promotion. It is so much harder than I expected! Nothing seems to work with me.

Word

I have been struggling for about two days to get my three books (the Prequel, Book 1, and Book 2) to look the same (formatting-wise). I have been wrestling mostly to get the header and footer lines on the same height. Not that eBooks need headers and footers, but I had them originally formatted to be printed books (something that I’m going to postpone for now). Somehow, Word totally ignores you when you hit the ‘delete header/footer’ button. Yes, the text/numbering disappears, but the actual header/footer stays. So annoying. It took me forever to get them exactly on the same height (and not a mm off). If anybody else struggles with them, don’t hesitate to contact me. I think I can say I’m an expert now 🙂 .

Twitter

Next, I’ve been really pissed-off (pardon my French) with Twitter. I used to have an account called @JackyDahlhaus. Somehow this got deactivated due to spamming (accidentally, according to Twitter). I had no clue then and opted for another handle; @DahlhausJacky. As I’ve recently been looking into spreading ‘my brand’ over the social media, I was advised to have my brand name the same everywhere. Hence I needed to change my Twitter handle to my first one. I contacted Twitter and asked them to activate @JackyDahlhaus. ‘Sure, no problem,’ they said. And they did.

That’s when the problems started. As they activated the first account, they deactivated the second account. I lost all my followers (about 2500+ of them). No problem, I thought. I’ll just build it up again from scratch and get ‘real’ followers this time. People who actually read and like my books, not sexy snap-chatters, car sales people, or phoney army guys wanting ‘a friend’ and the likes. But when I tried to use the old account, it needed an email address first. I typed in my email address. ‘Sorry, this email address is already in use,’ was the message that popped up. Duh, of course it is, as it is attached to my second account. As this was now deactivated, I can’t get in it to remove the email address there. I have to wait thirty days to have it activated again. I’ve tried in multiple messages to Twitter to make them see the issue here, but all I get is automated responses with suggested actions that don’t help. Aaargh!

I have solved the problem for now with another email address I had made a while ago, but didn’t use. I’ll do for now. I just have to wait thirty days before I can have the other account activated again and remove my email address. would have been nice from Twitter to warn me to do this before they deactivated it.

Photoshop

Photoshop is another one of my peeves this week. It’s a great program and I love it, couldn’t do without it. Sometimes it drives me round the bend though. It’s not their fault, it’s my fault. I’m just not always as focused as I need to be and then I suddenly can’t find my images anymore. Or the black background of one book is not as black as the others, even though it’s made with the same ‘stock’ image. Or I can’t change a component of an image for no apparent reason. Very frustrating.

I’ll Live 🙂

I hear you think ‘She’s losing the plot!’ Not to worry. I’ll trundle on and make the most of it. I see this whole promo exercise as another learning curve. It’ll make it easier next time!

What a shame…

I bit the bullet today and Tweeted to Peter Dinklage to find out if he has read the first draft I sent him of my novel ‘Succedaneum – Living Like A Vampire,’ when he was still filming season 6 of GoT in Ireland. That was the 29th of September last year. I am so curious if he read it at all. When I sent it I got a message back that somebody received it, signing with ‘Ice ‘n Fire’, but I have no idea if this was Peter. Of course I hope that it was and if not that they sent it through to him.

The reason I sent it to him is, of course, that the character ‘Charlie’ from my novel is based on him. I didn’t start out writing about Charlie with Peter Dinklage in mind, but I specifically did pick a dwarf. I knew I needed a comic relief, a sidekick, next to Kate. I thought of a dog first, but my DH told me that would be too much like the Twilight series. So a dwarf it was. And as soon as I started writing about Charlie, I liked him. His interaction with Kate was so funny and exciting; it really spiced up the story. I actually liked him more than Caleb and the story line completely changed. As I don’t know any dwarfs myself (do you?), the character automatically morphed into Peter Dinklage. I hope he doesn’t mind. I just hope he likes the story. I really would like to know what he thinks about it, any comment would do, really, anything…

So here I was, sitting in my bedroom, which I am renovating, hands full with Plaster of Paris, trying to tweet without getting my phone too dirty. First the question of course, ‘Did you read my novel, the one I sent you when you were in Ireland?’ Then the message that the novel has now been proofread and edited and is available on Amazon, adding that there is also a sequel. I so hope that my first draft didn’t deter him too much as it was full of spelling mistakes and dreadful writing. I was just too eager to send it to him… And the third tweet was the link to the Amazon.com website. Just in case he couldn’t find it, you know, to make sure.

All chuffed I continued my plastering for about ten minutes, when I realised that I could also send him the next novel. So, back on my phone, I typed ‘Peter Dinklage contact details’ into Google and one of the first entries was a Reddit interview. I browsed through it, trying to find these contact details and read these words by Peter Dinklage in the second paragraph:

“I am not on Twitter (ahem)…”

What a shame…