Friday, February 28, 2014

12x12 Guide to Social Media by Kai Viola + Giveaway

One of the few things that people talk about, when talking about brand and social media is that it's a minefield.  People talk about everything from being completely overwhelmed, to not knowing what to do with their profiles.  And so, I wrote 12 tutorials (and a couple of bonus exercises to help people. Each tutorial contains an introduction, the 'basics', the exercise, and then a bit about what your 'solution' should be.  They're not designed to be the be all and end all of each network, but they are designed to support you if you're struggling, or aren't sure that you've covered everything. I've keep the price low so that you can enjoy the book without feeling like you've had to pay a fortune for just a couple of tips too - though I could have priced it higher, I feel $0.99 is the right price for this. Launching on the 28th February, until it's available, you can pre-order from my blog page at Warpaint Marketing.


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12x12 - Your social media Primer Looking for support for Facebook, Twitter, Triberr?  How about G+? This book covers everything that you need to know about the very basics of each network.  Exercises to give you a chance to try your learning out, hands on. Each of the tutorials is designed to be as easy as possible to access. Originally started a set of articles for a website, the tutorials have evolved into a go to guide to the simple, quick way to build an usable, safe profile online.
Kai Viola ( is a veteran online marketer. She started in internet marketing, writing content for others, along with copywritten sales pages, then moved on to the indie writer's community when KDP hit. She's been self-publishing since 2004 (mostly poetry), and has spent the last three years or so in the community, helping others with social media, writing tutorials and articles all over. When not writing non-fiction, Kai's planning novels, travelling for work and having a bit of an adventure in her life. She's the mother of two parents, owner and parent of two kittens, an artist and a dreamer .


As the book is about social media, you might want to follow Kai to find out some extra tips.  Below are the various places you can follow her - remember too that these count as entries in the giveaway!

Book Blog | Personal Blog |Facebook | Book Facebook |Twitter | G+ | Goodreads | Pinterest | Triberr | Klout 

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron

After exhausting my brain reading Trying Not To Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity by Edward Slingerland (March 4, 2014), I was ready for a light, easy read. I certainly never would have guessed that such a fun read as Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron would touch on some of the same concepts I had just waded through.

I love reading a book that can be enjoyed on many levels and Man Made Boy certainly fit the bill. When I started reading I just wanted something fun that I could enjoy on the surface. The story of the son of the Monster (Victor Frankenstein's of course) and the Bride leaving his sheltered life and attempting to have a normal life among humans was a great story. The characters were interesting and enjoyable to get to know. Boy's adventures were fast paced and his struggles never felt artificial. The variety of mythological monsters was impressive, especially without a vampire in sight.

What most impressed me about Man Made Boy though was that the reader is able to go deeper into issues of freedom, creator and creation, independence, family, perception, and technology if the reader chooses. While all of these topics are addressed in the book, the reader is given the choice of how much to explore them. The main storyline is never overcome by the issues being touched upon. Rather the heavier topics are used simply to support the lighter surface story.

As I had just finished a heavy non-fiction book, I filtered Man Made Boy through all that I had learned about spontaneity, flow, and ancient Chinese spiritual schools of thought. I noticed when Boy seemed to be in his most efficient state (usually while writing computer code) and when his interactions were most difficult (when dealing with humans, girls, or unfamiliar situations). It turned out that this young adult fiction book about a society of monsters hiding in plain sight was the example I needed understand the dry, academic writings of Trying Not To Try.

I would highly recommend Man Made Boy to anyone looking for a fun, coming of age monster story that will leave you much to think about when you finish.

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