How to Get Visible on Facebook

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by Shawn Inmon

Do you have a Facebook page? Of course you do. Here’s the more relevant question: is your message getting out to your fans, or do you sometimes feel like you’re shouting down a well?

Life was easier in the early days of Facebook. You posted content and it was delivered to the walls of your fans. Then FB went public and monetized their platform, confirming the adage If you’re not paying for the product, you are the product. Suddenly, you needed to pay money to reach your fans.

There is a better way, of course—beating the Facebook algorithms. Every professional page tells you what your “Talking About This” number is. What does that number measure? My understanding is that it measures the number of unique users who Like, Comment, or Share a post on your page over a rolling seven day period. The higher that number is, the more of your posts will be seen by your fans. My understanding is that the average TAT is between 5-7%. So, if you have a thousand fans on your page, the average TAT number is 50-70. Continue reading “How to Get Visible on Facebook”

Bark the Vote!

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Mr. Pish wants YOU – to vote!

Woof! It’s humpdaaaay! That can only mean it’s time once again to make your choice for the flash fiction challenge.

Who’s gonna be the flash fiction star of the week? You decide! No pressure or anything, but the winning entries will all be included in the next edition of the IU Flash Fiction Anthology.

Check out this week’s entries here. Make your decision, then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word.

Voting polls close Thursday at 5 PM Pacific time.

Whose tail-wagging story was the dog-gone best?

  • Chris James (57%, 20 Votes)
  • Melissa Bowersock (14%, 5 Votes)
  • Jon Jefferson (11%, 4 Votes)
  • MathoSka Chikala (Little White Bear) (6%, 2 Votes)
  • Jacqueline Hopkins (6%, 2 Votes)
  • AL Kaplan (6%, 2 Votes)
  • Venkatesh Iyer (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 35

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NOTE: Entrants whose submissions exceed the 250 word limit are eliminated from the poll.

Book Brief: The Séance

The SeanceThe Séance
by Tricia Drammeh
Genre: YA paranormal
Word count: 81,694

Ninth grade can be a nightmare when you don’t fit in at school, your crush chooses someone else, and your parents tell you they’re having a new baby. Abby was prepared for normal high school problems. She wasn’t prepared for a demon.

Abby has always been fascinated by the paranormal, but after an ill-fated séance, she discovers not all Spirits are benign. A dark entity unleashed during the summoning sets out to destroy Abby, and within days, she loses her best friend, incurs the wrath of her parents, and becomes a prisoner in her own home. With time quickly running out, she assembles an unlikely group of helpers: the most hated guy in school, a retired psychic, and the cute clerk from her favorite bookstore. Unless the demon is defeated, Abby and her new baby brother won’t stand a chance.

This book is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Continue reading “Book Brief: The Séance”