February 11, 2014
January 25, 2014
This is so awesome! My friend James Patrick Joyce was mocking up old movie posters and he did a totally cool one for me but since I am difficult [or so I have been told] I say, Oh that so rocks thank you for Gable and Powell — but can I have Some Like It Hot?
And he did it!
Yay! Yay! Yay!
This is totally going in my obituary file.
*Oh like you guys have not written your obituary in advance with fabulous lies in it too.
December 29, 2013
I’m speaking online tonight in USA #Scriptchat on the do’s and dont’s to get your screenplay read, sold, and produced. Stop by and say hi.
*Congratulations to @Alexander_A_J who was the #Scriptchat winner of the random drawing for a free copy of The New Screenwriter’s Survival Guide yay! #tnssg
December 24, 2013
PS: We are giving away a free copy of :::the book::: in a random drawing at the end of the night.
December 17, 2013
Boosting posts is when you give Facebook money to send posts out to way more people than would usually see the posts. It is supposed to be savvy marketing. I have mostly given that a pass. But then came the Christmas book special. [That’s over now, it ran through December 15. did you see it on Facebook? No? Bummer for you. Next time hit the book site.] So I thought, What the hell, Facebook, show us what you got — and dropped a C note on Facebook for science.
What happened was one book sale coming out of a Facebook boosted post.
[Yeah there were more sales, but only one from that Facebook boosted post --- Facebook you are not the only king of the mountain tracking where this stuff comes in from.]
After you figure time put in writing, publishing, editing, doing layout work, paying for design work, picking up little things like ISBNs, website and marketing support [not including a Facebook “boosted” post], and what not, what’s left over from one book sale is not a lot of cash and is for sure not going to justify dropping a hundred bucks on Facebook to boost that post.
Or to boost any post.
I’m okay with that. It was for science.
Here’s what is unsettling.
Ever since I boosted one post on Facebook? All other posts on the AFW and TNSSG Facebook pages suddenly aren’t getting “seen” much according to Facebook numbers.
Used to be, a solid post on one of the pages got “seen” a couple hundred times — and in really stand out moments, pages got “seen” up to 500 or 800 times.
Post the “boosted” Facebook page event, any and all posts on the AFW and TNSSG Facebook pages are lucky if they make 20 “seens.” And some are way lower than that, like around 5 or 7 “seens.” And the top top post right now? 185. Not so hot, in comparison to what the top top posts were pre-Facebook “boost” post. And definitely more uninspiring still, when you look at the current average [unbefore known to man or beast] “seen” count post “the boost”:
Maybe I’m just misguided and underestimating how many people are off the computer during the holiday season. But it sure feels on this end like all posts on the AFW and TNSSG Facebook pages are being squelched or misreported on the Facebook end post the “boosted” post – more than posts normally are squelched or unreported because of weird Facebook viewer algorithms.
The only reason I can think of for squelching “seen” numbers post a “boosted” post would be to convince someone their viewing numbers are so low without boosting a post, they’d better boost another post or they are going to be invisible from here on out.
That seems like a whole lot of stick and very little carrot to throw at someone who just for the first time handed some cash over to Facebook.
[Jeez did no one there ever take a dog training lesson?]
Also that would require, to be convincing, someone with a really short memory on the other end of those new reported “seen” numbers who hadn’t seen and remembered over a year’s worth of Facebook “seen” stats prior to the “boosted” post. And didn’t think that was pirate action, stomping someone after they gave you some cash, to try to make them give you more.
Or it could just be me —
November 10, 2013
August 14, 2013
So one of the interesting things here has been figuring out how to do the TNSSG swag. It’s all Vista Print all the time and Vista Print will happily co-host a storefront for you if — you expect 400 orders per month.
Cafe Press does stuff but they’re getting pretty damn expensive. And if you want a full store front instead of one image at a time on one link at a time, there’s a hosting fee per month and what have you it gets out of control.
Squarespace is a pretty cool new up and comer. But I already have a hosting service, urls, and product, and it’s $25 per month to run a site with a store through them [pretty as they may be] and then an additional fee to run merchandise through someone I don’t have an account with and don’t know. Not Square. Not Paypal. Someone entirely new. Hmm.
Ultimately, I figured, at $25 a month plus additional fees on every sale, I could buy Easy Cart for WordPress for $120 and in four to five months it would have paid for itself. So I went Easy Cart.
Easy Cart wasn’t a real friendly interface and I was willing to give up and ask for my money back after the first week, but the Easy Cart people are sort of like pit bulls, and said, No, we won’t give you back your money, we will make this WORK.
That sort of pissed me off going in, but ultimately turned out to be a good thing. The TNSSG swag page is up, and working, and it took hours both on my part and theirs to make this all fly and they never bitched about their hours. [Though I bitched about mine some.] And voila.
TNSSG Swag! Yay!
Also 5150 swag and AFW swag, though those do not apply to you unless you are part of 5150 or AFW.
It is odd how I tend to be proudest of the things that were hardest to pull off, and to take for granted the things that were easier. I don’t know if a difficulty level should be a gradient of “proud.” Maybe I should take as much pride or pleasure in what comes easy. The stuff that comes easy is, after all, in some circles, called a gift from God. But still, I often give more clout to what does not come easy. To what I had to sweat and fight for.
That cart did not come easy. But god dammit it’s pretty. And hopefully works.
Love and Kisses,
Your Cart Crazy Adams Girl