Wordwatchers on Facebook

February 11, 2012

With over 800 million users, Facebook is rapidly becoming “the ‘net” for approximately half of all Americans and one quarter of every body in the UK, or at least the first place they look for anything that might be of interest to them.

So, while Wordwatchers is a tiny mote in a very large ocean, it would be silly of us to ignore the enormous potential of Facebook. We’ve had a Facebook group for a while, where members of Wordwatchers, new, current and past can keep up to date and chat (or at least the sub-set of WW which is already on Facebook), but now we have an actual Facebook page and, with a quick trawl of my friends to get them to “like” the page we acquired enough of a following to establish a top level Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Wordwatchers to be precise.

Wordwatchers made a decision to embrace the relatively new phenomenon of “social media” and by Jove we’re giving it a good go!

If you’re already on Facebook feel free to like us and keep up with us perhaps more informally than the blogs on the website.

However, irrespective of how you follow us, we’re very appreciative that you do!

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A busy week for Wordwatchers

February 1, 2012

This week Wordwatchers went to the pub, the Lock, Stock and Barrel to be precise, to meet up with a clutch of potential new members.

We met up with Chris, a journalist who has written and self-published a children’s book. Also, John, who left us in awe at his dedication (and expenditure) of getting a professional looking novel to market (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Chasing-Innocence-ebook/dp/B006Z0KYEQ) without going the traditional route of finding a mainstream publisher. Finally, Sarah, who amazingly has two book projects on the go at the same time (http://sarahpjwhite.com/) and is no stranger to self-publishing, something that Wordwatchers keeps circling around as an alternative idea to begging/pleading/getting lucky with an agent/editor/publisher.

We also decided to “squeeze up” at the next meeting rather than face the slightly uncomfortable proposition that Wordwatchers was too big to support such a number (or at least only a few of us have enough chairs/sitting room space to host the meetings). If the popularity of the group continues to grow, we may have to face this demon again.

It’s also a busy week in particular for Charlotte whose first published novel The Apothecary’s Daughter which has been out in Hardback and Kindle for some time, finally comes out in Paperback tomorrow (2nd). Although a quick check on Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Apothecarys-Daughter-Charlotte-Betts/dp/0749954493/) indicates that they’ve jumped the gun by a few hours and that it’s already available for purchase.

If you’d like a signed copy of the novel and would like to meet Charlotte in person then you will find her a Waterstones in Newbury on Saturday 11th February between 11am and 3pm. The rest of Wordwatchers will be dipping in and out for moral support.

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