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Share Your New Book with GalleyCat Readers

Want to share your book with GalleyCat readers? We’ve upgraded our New Books page on Facebook where all our readers can share their new and upcoming work.

We receive an overwhelming amount of information about new books at GalleyCat, but we can only write about a tiny fraction of these new titles. Using this Facebook page, we will assemble a weekly list of upcoming fiction and nonfiction releases, helping us alert our readers to new books and cope with the overwhelming flow of publicity materials.

Submit your book to our free database of new books. Authors, publicists, editors, and readers can all make use of this new section. Our former “New Books” page has been removed, so feel free to reenter your book if it was previously part of our “New Books” section. As always, you can also post literary events on our Facebook wall. (image via  katerha)

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David Beckham To Host Virtual Reading on Facebook

beckham-1Retired soccer player David Beckham‘s new memoir is coming out next week and to help promote the new book, he’ll be doing a reading live on Facebook on October 30th, the day that the book comes out.

Beckham announced the news on his Facebook page.

In partnership with Facebook, I want to do a truly global signing to coincide with the launch of my new book. If you are in London, New York, Sao Paulo or Hyderabad you can enter to win a ticket to take part in these events and receive a personalised digital signature from me via ground breaking technology. If you’re not in those cities, you won’t be disappointed as you can take a seat in the Facebook Digital Stadium to watch a live Q&A session where I will answer questions from fans around the world.

AppNewser has more: “Beckham didn’t explain which technology he will be using to provide digital autographs with.Autography is one option. The platform lets authors digital books digitally and deliver them to the pages of eBooks.”

Jackie Collins To Host Facebook Q&A

collinsRomance novelist Jackie Collins will answer questions from fans on Facebook this afternoon from 3:00pm until 4:00pm in EDT, hosting a Facebook Q&A on her wall about The Power Trip.

It could be an interesting interaction tool for writers–so far more than 160 readers say they plan to attend the online event. Here’s more from the post:

Got questions for me? Join me on Thursday, October 3 for a live chat on the Facebook wall. Get ready … definitely a lot to dish about when it comes to The Power Trip!

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Illustrate the First Chapter of Suzanne Collins’ ‘Catching Fire’

Are you inspired by Suzanne Collins‘ Hunger Games trilogy?

The series’ official Facebook page features a contest encouraging fans to illustrate the first chapter of Catching Fire.

You can use movie photos, screenshots from the trailer and GIFs to create “eye-popping multimedia experience inspired by the words on the page.” Winning submissions  will be showcased on Facebook. The contest ends on June 14th.

Ideal Facebook Photo Dimensions

Do your photographs keep getting cropped when you post on Facebook? Make sure your author page has the right sized pictures.

A recent infographic from PostRocket will help you calculate the proper dimensions for link images, photographs and profile pictures on Facebook. AppNewser has more details:

PostRocket shared a long list of practical Facebook tips in an infographic, looking at how you can optimize your stories, images and posts for Facebook’s EdgeRank algorithm. EdgeRank decides how many people see your posts, so you should follow all these useful tips.

(Via Alma Katsu)

Facebook Story Ideas for Writers

Do you struggle to find readers on Facebook?

SocialTimes recently caught up with Facebook journalism program manager Vadim Lavrusik, getting a long list of useful storytelling resources and tips. Here’s more from SocialTimes:

With a longer character limit than Twitter (around 60,000 characters compared to Twitter’s 140), Facebook stories can unfold in real-time through text, images, and videos on the Page or serve as a preview for a longer article on a news website. Stories told on Facebook benefit also from community dialogue through comments, likes, and shares, Lavrusik said. Facebook recently launched a media portal for journalists to aid in their storytelling, with reports on best practices for journalists and media companies, as well as a case study on how Slate magazine doubled its Facebook referrals between the second quarter of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013.

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Facebook Etiquette for Writers

Why do some Americans feel nostalgic for a culture “where everyone knows his place?” Cultural critic Mark Dery tackled that question for Thought Catalog, publishing an e-single on American Anglophilia called “England My England.”

We took the opportunity to republish Dery’s Morning Media Menu interview from last year, covering everything from Facebook etiquette to Christian comic creator Jack Chick.

Press play below to listen on SoundCloud. While talking about best Facebook practices, Dery also outlined a version of the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game that could be played with New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani.

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Help Choose a Book Cover for Elizabeth Gilbert

Penguin Group (USA)’s Viking imprint will publish Elizabeth Gilbert‘s new novel, The Signature of All Things, on October 1st.

Before the release date hits, the book needs “a face.” To resolve this matter, Gilbert and her publisher invite the public to vote for their preferred cover design. Visit Gilbert’s Facebook page to pick one of three choices. Please note that a deadline has been set for March 24th.

Here’s more from Gilbert’s announcement: “We are turning to you for this decision because, frankly, we were unable to agree amongst ourselves. (Anyone who has ever worked in publishing knows what I’m talking about here: Disputes over book covers can get REALLY INTENSE.) I got so tired of debating over ‘what the reader wants’ that I decided instead to just try asking you guys directly.” The image embedded above features all three covers–which one would you choose?

Ideal Image Sizes for Facebook & Twitter

Does your Twitter or Facebook profile look unbalanced?

The strategic communication company Cerebra has created an infographic outlining the ideal image sizes for photos on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Social Times has more information:

In February 2012, Facebook updated the look of its Timeline for Pages to include cover photos and featured posts, among other changes. Twitter’s December 2011 redesign, “Let’s Fly,” included new backgrounds for profiles. YouTube has changed quite a bit in the last year. The latest channel redesign, which will bring branded banners to all users, was announced a couple weeks ago. But it’s only available to select partners right now and is not reflected in this chart. Check YouTube’s channel art guidelines for updates.

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Is Negative Feedback Hurting Your Facebook Page?

All writers and publishing professionals need to avoid posts that earn negative feedback from readers. These posts can affect your future Facebook performance.

Facebook recently revealed how the company tracks negative feedback from users. There are four kinds of negative feedback on Facebook, when a user makes the following decisions: to “hide all stories from a Page,” to “hide hide this story,” to “unlike a page” or to “report an object as a spam.”

Facebook’s secret EdgeRank algorithm takes into account this negative feedback, and it affects how many people see your posts. You should avoid posting spammy announcements, potentially annoying notes, unsolicited wall posts or other kinds of posts readers are likely to give negative feedback.

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