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12 Days of Christmas

 12 Days of Christmas in Review

By Ruth L. Snyder who invited me to join this 12 days of blog hopping – 12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas

Thanks for joining us for our version of the 12 Days of Christmas! We hope that you have met some new authors and enjoyed or shared some new books that will become treasured additions to your bookshelf. 

 We have one more book to introduce to you—an anthology from Canadian Christian writers: 

Want to warm your soul for the holidays?

12 Days of christmas Unwrap the true meaning of gift giving with a treasure trove of festive tales. 

Sometimes, the best gift is a great story. With 62 heartfelt accounts of the true meaning of Christmas, this anthology is sure to fill even the grouchiest Scrooge with holiday spirit. 

Christmas with Hot Apple Cider: Stories from the Season of Giving and Receiving is an eclectic collection of true stories, short fiction, and poetry. With 55 featured authors and poets, the anthology provides a diverse and multidimensional look at the traditions, teachings, and values surrounding the birth of Jesus. Be inspired to share your own stories with the world as you discover a fresh appreciation of the holiday season. 

In Christmas with Hot Apple Cider, you’ll delight in stories about: 

  • An immigrant family puzzling over unfamiliar North American customs 
  • Grandparents passing down a family tradition to a young grandchild 
  • An octogenarian remembering the day receiving a Christmas gift was nothing short of a miracle 
  • A Jewish child longing to celebrate Christmas 
  • A teacher witnessing the joy of a simple gift at a Nigerian orphanage 
  • A writer struggling to create a meaningful presentation about the innkeeper 
  • An Old Order Mennonite teen experiencing Handel’s Messiah live at Massey Hall 
  • Two women answering a call for help from a remote First Nations community 

This anthology boasts inspirational stories you and your family will want to read again and again. If you like the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, strong Christian themes, and stories that make you laugh and cry, then you’ll love this must-have stocking stuffer.  

Janis Cox – (me) I have a story in this anthology.

If you missed any of the days, here is a summary of the authors and books: 

December 13—Jennifer Waddle—Worst Christmas Break Ever https://www.amazon.com/Worst-Christmas-Break-Ever-Finkley-ebook/dp/B01NBG1QBE 

December 14—Ruth L. Snyder—Equipped: Ephesians 6 Devotionals to Empower and Make You Victorious in Everyday Struggles mybook.to/Equipped 

December 15—Toni Crowe—Bullets and Bosses Don’t Have Friends https://smile.amazon.com/Bullets-Bosses-Dont-Have-Friends-ebook/dp/B07JH6W8XH/  

December 16—Janis Cox—Tadeo Turtle https://www.amazon.ca/TADEO-TURTLE-Janis-Cox/dp/1770696954/ 

December 17—Marcia Laycock—Love in the Room https://www.amazon.ca/Love-Room-Pondering-Christ-Christmas/dp/1548005185 

December 18—Kevin Cunningham—Time With God https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017ETI8SK 

December 19—Paula Reinbold—Summer of the Phoenix https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KP927P4 

December 20—Janis Cox – Kingdom of Thrim https://www.amazon.com/Kingdom-Thrim-Growing-God/dp/0995229023/ 

December 21—Marcia Laycock—Christmas https://www.amazon.ca/Christmas-Short-Stories-Stir-Spirit/dp/153982313X/ 

December 22—Ruth L. Snyder—Twitter Decoded mybook.to/TwitterDecoded  

December 23—Toni Crowe—The Daytime Lives of the Ladies of the Night https://smile.amazon.com/Daytime-Lives-Ladies-Night-Boardroom-ebook/dp/B07GT9KYZK/ 

 December 24—Summary Post/Wrap Up—Christmas with Hot Apple Cider https://www.amazon.ca/Christmas-Hot-Apple-Cider-Paperback/dp/1927692415/ 

 Merry Christmas! 

Janis Cox 

 

What are Smart Topics to Tweet About?

 Smart Topics for Writers to Tweet About 

Today is Day 10 in our 12 Days of Christmas suggested by Ruth L. Snyder. Today her book Twitter Decoded is featured. I have read this book and found it very helpful. Unfortunately it’s at home in Canada right now. Today she gives us some smart topics to tweet about.

smart topics

Use Twitter to easily and effectively reach your readers

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Successful writers take responsibility for marketing their own work.

Social media, including Twitter, can be amazing tools. But how do you get started and use Twitter productively without wasting valuable writing time?

Ruth L. Snyder explains the benefits of Twitter for writers and leads you step by step through the process of setting up an effective account. Using this manual, you’ll learn the lingo, find your way around the Twitter dashboard, and start building relationships with your worldwide audience. You’ll also discover many tips and tricks to engage your audience and build a solid marketing platform in minutes a day. Finally, you’ll learn how to write great tweets, use hashtags, link shorteners, Twitter tools, schedule your tweets, use tweet templates, and continue building relationships with your worldwide audience. 

Here’s a sample chapter from the book: 

Are you stumped when it comes to deciding what to tweet about? We’ve already discussed that you need to tweet about things your individual audience is interested in, but there are some general topics any writer can tweet about.

Sandi Krakowski (@sandikrakowskisuggests: 

  • Pictures of flowers
  • A link to a favorite recipe
  • Fun questions (What’s your favorite flavor of ice-cream? What’s the best book you’ve ever read? If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be? Who’s your hero?)
  • Inspiring quotes
  • Things that make people laugh

Pam Moore (@PamMktgNutshares 100 ideas to tweet about http://www.pammarketingnut.com/2013/03/100-things-to-tweet-about-on-twitter-besides-yourself/ including: 

  • Tips to help people save money
  • Photos of you that show your human side
  • How-to tips
  • Jokes
  • Pictures of nature
  • Thank a favorite writer or blogger
  • Link to a favorite song
  • Ask a thought-provoking question
  • Tweet a whole story
  • Share when you reach a goal
  • Share a daily thought
  • Tweet a positive review you received

Jenn Hanson-dePaula (@Jenndepaulashares 40 ideas https://twitter.com/Jenndepaula: 

  • Mention (@[Twitter Handle]) one of your fans, thanking them for supporting you
  • Share an old picture for #TBT (Throw Back Thursday)
  • Write a Haiku
  • Share something that has helped you in your writing
  • Share the title of a book you’re reading and mention the author

Your turn! 

Use one new idea each day this week in your Tweets. At the end of the week, use your “Notifications” and your bit.ly links to track which tweets get the most response and continue to use those ideas.  

You can purchase your copy of Twitter Decoded at mybook.to/TwitterDecoded 

 smart topics 

Ruth L. Snyder resides near Glendon, Alberta, along with her husband and five children. Ruth enjoys writing articles, devotionals, short stories, and Christian fiction. Ruth is Past President of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.