Where in the World on Social Media

Where in the World on Social Media

Social media for authors is an everlasting game. As a form of marketing, social media platforms can suck up all our time, yet still yield little in the shape of real relationships with readers and collaborators.

In the 5 years that I’ve been a published author, I’ve tinkered with various social media strategies. Some worked, some didn’t.

I’ve read a ton of expert guidance. Some advice fits my goals and energy, some doesn’t.

The bottom line? Here’s where you can find me on social media today!

Facebook

Carmen Amato on Facebook

Author page: http://facebook.com/authorcarmenamato/

Connect with me here for book sales, mystery reviews, blog posts, story excerpts, letters from readers, and other news daily on my fan page:

Detective Emilia Cruz series page: http://facebook.com/emiliacruzseries/

In addition to the latest story and book news, this page is a “holding zone” for news stories and other research that could turn into plots and/or characters in future books.

AWAKENING MACBETH relaunch group: http://facebook.com/groups/awakeningmacbeth/

After a technical fail disrupted the launch of my supernatural suspense novel last year, I created this group to boost reviews and relaunch the book in mid-June. Members get access to a free review copy of the new edition and a virtual tour of the book’s locations. Jump in!

All the rest

I belong to a number of author groups but am active in only a few, notably Mexico Writers. The forthcoming INSIDER’S GUIDE TO THE BEST OF MEXICO, of which I’m the editor, is an anthology of personal stories from group members. I also love the Mystery Readers Corner, which is a discussion-only, no-promotion group for mystery lovers.

Pinterest

Pinterest boards by Carmen Amato

http://pinterest.com/CarmenConnects/

Possibly because I’m as addicted to Photoshop as I am to Facebook, Pinterest is my happy place. I love the Design tab and can lose hours surfing through typography, packaging design, and website layouts. For readers just as addicted as me, a Pinterest button pops up every time you hover over an image on this site.

I currently maintain boards for all my books, to which I pin dreamcast suggestions, pictures of locations, and cover art. Other boards include Author Website Ideas, Press Room, Blog, Home Office Swoon, Get Fit and Stay Sharp, and Book Reviews, to name a few.

I’m tinkering with Pinterest “bookmarks;” long pins with images and excerpts from the book. The idea is for them to function like book trailers but be specific to the Pinterest platform.

Twitter

http://twitter.com/CarmenConnects/

This mini-blogging platform is great for making connections and researching details for the Detective Emilia Cruz series. I can find times for sunrise and sunset in Acapulco, marketing and blogging tips, who’s who in the mystery genre, and the latest academic work on the state of legal reform in Mexico. I’ve also met some great mystery authors there and interviewed them for the Mystery Ahead newsletter. I used a laugh-out-loud exchange with Dr. Andrew Chesnut as the basis for an article on bilingual humor, with his permission of course.

For the most part, I don’t expect to sell books on Twitter. While I do post links to my book sales pages on Amazon, these tweets function more as billboards than cash registers.

Next?

Writing for Water retro image

Some forward-thinking friends have suggested I tackle YouTube with book trailers and videos of me cooking the recipes in the back of the Detective Emilia Cruz novels.

Or reading excerpts. Maybe how-to videos about writing a mystery series. Or a “Day-in-the-Life” weekly vlog.

I’m not sure the crowded video universe needs me, but I’m open to suggestions 🙂

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I'm author Carmen Amato.

I used to work for the CIA, now I write mystery and suspense, including the Detective Emilia Cruz police series set in Acapulco.

Expect risk, power, corruption. And relationships with heat.

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What I #amreading in December

What I #amreading in December

I hereby declare December to be Discover a Good Book Month.

Between decoration envy when I look at the neighbor’s artfully placed lanterns, red candles, and sprays of greenery; and the self-induced pressure to choose the right gift for everybody, by the end of the day I’m ready for lose myself in a good book.

Here’s what I’m reading this month.

DOG DAY by Alicia Giménez-Bartlett

Thinking there might be a kinship with Detective Emilia Cruz, my local librarian recommended this mystery, the first in a series from Spain featuring Petra Delicado, a female police detective in Barcelona. The author is the winner of the Feminino Lumen prize for the best female writer in Spain.

GALLOWS LANE by Brian McGilloway

Gallows Lane coverMy recent trip to Dublin—home of the famed Hodges Figgis bookstore—has inspired me to read some Irish crime and mystery writers. The Garda Inspector Benedict Devlin series looks like a winner.

THE GIRL FROM VENICE by Martin Cruz Smith

This is Smith’s first book in a number of years and is a standalone rather than a continuation of the Arkady Renko series. I adored his little-known ROSE and hope this book is similar. Reviews are mixed but we’ll see.

DECEPTION ISLAND by Judith A. Boss

This is an action adventure pitting an American scientist against bioterrorists in an abandoned World War II Nazi base under the Antarctic ice sheet. I’m a huge polar history buff, so had to scoop up this book and see how plausible it is.

DARK DEEDS by Sandra Nikolai

This is the fourth novel in the Megan Scott/Michael Elliott series set in Canada. I’ve read the others and like the clean style and down-to-earth characters trying to figure out their own relationship while encountering off-beat mysteries.

DONOVAN’S DEVILS by Albert Lulushi

Donovan's DevilsThis is the story of the OSS commandos who dropped behind enemy lines during WWII to help resistance efforts and make trouble for the Nazis in occupied countries across Europe. This is background reading for a possible new project.

I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a second mystery series set in occupied Norway. It’s a long way from sunny Mexico and the Detective Emilia Cruz series but a germ of an idea has been hatched. But like a good mama bird, I’m going to sit on it for awhile.

Any suggestions? What’s your antidote to the holiday rush?

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© 2018 Carmen Amato.

Hello

I'm author Carmen Amato.

I used to work for the CIA, now I write mystery and suspense, including the Detective Emilia Cruz police series set in Acapulco.

Expect risk, power, corruption. And relationships with heat.

More

Puzzles for Mystery Lovers

It’s ironic perhaps, but true. Mystery lovers love a good puzzle.

So I was intrigued when reader Becky A. sent me an email suggesting that the Detective Emilia Cruz covers would make great puzzles on jigidi.com.

I took her advice and now CLIFF DIVER, HAT DANCE, DIABLO NIGHTS, and KING PESO are all online puzzles you can find here. The puzzles increase in difficulty. Will you be the first to finish the KING PESO puzzle with 216 pieces? If you solve it, let me know!

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