Good morning and welcome to another edition of Social Media Monday!
Hi I am Becki Reiser. A 51-year-old currently unemployed, empty nester. I live with my husband, Jeff, in a small town in Ohio. We live on the outskirts of the largest Amish community in the nation. I live on a farm, but I am not a farmer. I was a “city girl” most of my life. We moved to this farm eight years ago and I have fallen in love with living in the country!
Hi Becki! (everybody, wave to Becki!) Tell us what you write.
I am a true believer in you write what you know! I am writing a book called “Through My Tears” it is the story of the abduction and murder of our 17-year-old daughter, Liz, in May of 2000. I also have gone to the polar opposite of the sad story of our daughter, and am writing a book called “Hot Flashes With a Side of Garlic Bread” Yes, I do write from experience! I write devotionals too, and I am one of the featured authors in the give-away offered here!
For which we are very grateful! Thank you! I know your personal story really touches my heart. It's such an appalling idea to entertain it's hard to wrap my mind around it, but to see you and get to know you reveals so much of the grace of our God. So which project are you working on right now?
Currently I am on the fifteenth re-write (and hopefully the last) of TMT, and hoping to get it published within the next year.
I hope so too, Becki! I always open up these relational interviews to anything fun my friends want to share. Any interesting stories or anecdotes about the two of us?
Yes, you bet! I met Michelle and instantly we bonded. We have writing in common and of course motherhood. (I could easily be her mother) We had the opportunity to spend several hours together while riding from the conference to the airport and waiting for our flights. I did have a very embarrassing experience while we were together. Before the shuttle arrived I checked with the front desk to be sure they would take either checks or credit and they assured me they did! Whew! Glad for that. I was safe. The shuttle arrived and we climbed in and talked non-stop all the way to the airport. After arriving, the driver unloaded our bags and I went to pay him. He looked at me as though I had three heads when I tried to pay him with a credit card. Uh-oh. Someone had his or her facts wrong! Not only did they NOT accept credit, they also didn’t take checks. I dug around in my wallet and came up $10.00 short of what it cost. I was mortified. So, my new friend came to the rescue and gave me the money. I was so very upset and said I would pay her back ASAP. She refused to let me pay her and said I would be stealing her blessing if I tried. OK, it’s hard to steal something like that.
Becki, now I'm laughing because that is so something that would happen to me! I was happy to help, no biggie. =) What's the most exciting thing that has happened this year, relating to your writing?
I had many publishers/editors/agents interested! I was so encouraged. I am hoping to get the “word” from one of them very soon that they are interested in partnering with me in publishing our story!
Oooh--keep me posted! OK, time for "the" question. How has social media affected your writing relationships and/or marketing strategy?
I have had some awesome opportunities to meet very special people (Michelle is one of them) [Aww, so sweet!] that have encouraged me and even helped me along this journey! Many suggestions from those folks have helped to make my writing better. I have only begun learning the rules and ins and outs of marketing. Having a platform is the biggest issue to deal with. It is not as difficult as I expected to get connected. Make lots of friends and don’t be afraid to comment or ask questions. It gets your name out there and opens doors of opportunity!
What advice would you give to other aspiring authors?
Never, never give up!
Strong advice that bears oft repeating! Why don't you share a snippet from your latest project before we go.
Awesome, thank you for that peek, Becki. Readers, you can connect with Becki at these links: