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Instafreebie’s New App

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by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig

In the early days of digital reading, we had to carry a device around to read on.  I still have two very early model kindles at home.

But now it makes so much more sense to be able to read on our phones.  We’re already carrying the devices and we’ll always have something to read if we have an app…no need to try and remember to bring an extra device along.  I’ve found that I get so much more reading now that I’ve got my book with me wherever I go (and reading is vital to writing).

The problem my mother had with devices and phones was how to get her book onto the device. I wrote her a detailed set of instructions, but it was still difficult for her.  She had librarians show her how to put library books on her kindle account, but it never really sunk in.

During giveaways, I’ve found that there are plenty of my readers who faced similar confusion about transferring the books to their phones or devices. I tried to walk them through it, but it was always tricky.  I’ve found that Instafreebie has helped a lot.  I’m able to provide readers (giveaway readers, ARC readers, the occasional disgruntled reader) with links to the free books and Instafreebie’s instructions (and support) are usually enough to guide them through the process. Continue reading Instafreebie’s New App

Reaching Readers in Future Generations

By Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraigblog 2

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about classic television and my kids.   I’ve been amazed that they know (and can cite) particular gags or episodes from the 1950s comedy, I Love Lucy.  It’s humor that still manages to resonate with kids born in 1997 and 2001.

This is a show that’s always been ahead of its time in many ways.  The primary actors on the show, Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, formed their own production company, Desilu.  They insisted on filming on quality film and allowed the show to be syndicated (which is how I watched it as a kid…as reruns). The company was later sold to Paramount. But the show is still made available to modern viewers as the rights holders put the entire series on Hulu to stream (which is how my kids watch it). Continue reading Reaching Readers in Future Generations

Connecting With Readers

by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraigUnofficial bio

For years I’ve had the attitude that I was best connecting with readers through my stories. I still feel like that’s true. They’re getting a glimpse inside my head, inside my sense of humor, inside the way I see the world and other people through the books that I write.

For years, also, I’ve struggled with other methods of connecting with my readers in a natural way.   Facebook didn’t (still doesn’t) feel natural to me.  On other social media, I set up shop to connect with other writers. (If you ever want to find other writers to connect with on social media, just follow my Twitter followers). Continue reading Connecting With Readers