Today I am pleased to welcome Susan Higginbotham, author of the newly released The Stolen Crown to Psychotic State. Welcome, Susan!
Online Socialization by Susan Higginbotham
As an author of historical fiction, I blog. I do Facebook. I post on Goodreads. I co-administer a bulletin board, Historical Fiction Online. I tweet.
Oh, yes, and I actually work on my novel in progress as well.
Social media has transformed the way writers interact with readers, and though authors love to complain about the time-sucking aspect of this, it’s been far more of a blessing than a curse. Blog tours allow authors with limited publicity budgets and/or work or family commitments to virtually travel around the world. Author blogs and Facebook or Twitter pages enable writers to keep in touch with existing readers and to draw in new ones. Even better, the Internet is an introvert’s delight: those of us who end up sitting in a corner at the neighborhood cookout (if we get invited) can shine on the web.
Though we’re often preoccupied with the past, historical novelists have found modern-day social networking to be invaluable. We can debate historical questions, get and give help with historical research, and convey our fascination about the people and periods we find so interesting. We can also connect with people who share our interests—a particularly valuable thing for those of us whose relatives and friends don’t understand the sheer joy we have in tracking down our hero’s exact whereabouts in 1455 or in finding that the obscure tome for which we’ve been hunting for months has just been digitized on Google Books.
Of course, there’s a downside to all of this online socialization as well. It’s too easy for a writer who’s struggling with a tricky scene or a recalcitrant character to take a break by checking her favorite site, only to spend another hour (or two, or three) online before finally getting back to writing. Once an author establishes an online presence, she’s expected to maintain it, which can also cut into writing time. And, as many a writer has discovered to his dismay when doing an “ego search,” social networking has become a forum not only to praise books, but to pan them.
An author who spends time online is well advised to develop a thick skin and a sense of humor; writers who lack both, and who respond to a negative review, have provided endless entertainment for readers—not through their books, alas, but through their outraged online antics. Still, these negative aspects of social networking pale beside the positives. I’ve met some wonderful people online, and through discussions on the web I’ve encountered books and authors I never would have heard about otherwise.
I’ve been writing this post for about an hour now, and my hands are getting twitchy. It’s almost time to check out Facebook. In the meantime, though, here’s where you can find me online:
Historical Fiction Online (a board I co-administer): http://www.historicalfictiononline.com/forums/index.php
THE STOLEN CROWN BY SUSAN HIGGINBOTHAM—IN STORES MARCH 2010
On May Day, 1464, six-year-old Katherine Woodville, daughter of a duchess who has married a knight of modest means, awakes to find her gorgeous older sister, Elizabeth, in the midst of a secret marriage to King Edward IV. It changes everything—for Kate and for England.
Then King Edward dies unexpectedly. Richard III, Duke of Gloucester, is named protector of Edward and Elizabeth's two young princes, but Richard's own ambitions for the crown interfere with his duties...
Lancastrians against Yorkists: greed, power, murder, and war. As the story unfolds through the unique perspective of Kate Woodville, it soon becomes apparent that not everyone is wholly evil—or wholly good.
Susan Higginbotham is the author of two historical fiction novels. The Traitor’s Wife, her first novel, is the winner of ForeWord Magazine’s 2005 Silver Award for historical fiction and is a Gold Medalist, Historical/Military Fiction, 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards. She writes her own historical fiction blog and is a contributor to the blog Yesterday Revisited. Higginbotham has worked as an editor and an attorney, and lives in North Carolina with her family. For more information, please visit http://www.susanhigginbotham.com/.
Thank you, Susan, for stopping by my blog today and taking the time to share your thoughts with us. Best of luck with your new book! (Which I finished yesterday, by the way, and LOVED! Review to come soon, so please stick around).
How about you? Do you blog? Do you Tweet, Facebook or post on Goodreads?
And now for the GIVEAWAY!!! Thanks to the lovely Danielle Jackson at Sourcebooks, I have TWO copies of The Stolen Crown up for grabs. To enter, simply leave me a comment and let me know what historical era you like to read about - - the medieval age, the Tudor years, the Victorian era or something closer to home, such as World War II or even the 1950s? Just let me know and you're entered to win your own copy of The Stolen Crown. That's it! U.S. and Canada only (my apologies to our overseas friends). Contest to end on Friday, March 19, 2010 and the lucky winners drawn on Saturday, March 20, 2010.