Meet and Greet With an Online Audience

by Trish

“Hey, nice to meet you!”

Since we can’t meet a lot of our online audience in person, we reach out and communicate in other ways. But sometimes the usual “hey, nice to meet you?” gets lost in the shuffle.

In 2011, I will be making a determined effort to “meet and greet” you, my online audience, in person as much as possible. (I’ll be at SXSW Interactive; if you’re there too, please say hi!)

To those I won’t be able to see in person, I have a few ideas (swipe them and let’s “meet and greet” as many as we can!).

1. Webinars. Coming in 2011, I will be hosting live webinars with various book publicists and agents and editors and publishing industry experts to talk about how authors can better promote themselves and their books. First one coming in April! You’ll be able to hear my voice, hear me chat about my favorite subject of all time–books, books, books!–converged with my other favorite subject–marketing! (I’ll only say it once so as not to overwhelm you!)–and you’ll be able to hear the enthusiasm in my voice. If you missed it, I was on this webinar with Dan Blank back in August and got overly excited about books and marketing and social media.

2. Vlogging. I have one of those fabu Flip Mino cameras and I intend to put it to use! You’ll find me catching authors and asking them questions about how they best use social media and as a chance for you to know about great books that you may have missed or forgotten about. Vlogging is also a funny word and I like typing it. Vlogging. Vlogging. Vlogging.

3. Q&A teleseminars/webinars. I think it is high time that you all get to ask me questions. Everyone does when I “meet and greet” them in person. Here’s your chance! I may have another expert with me, or I may just field questions myself, but I will be taking questions on the blog about a month before each Q&A chat, so stay tuned to this blog, or better yet, sign up for my eZine, if you care to let me keep you updated (so you don’t have to remember!), and stay tuned. First Q&A will probably be in June.

And those are my ideas. I also had a few others that didn’t make the cut, but you can use them if you want to.

Justin Bieber Tribute Video. Is it just me or is Justin Bieber like super cool right now? I have my hoodie ready to go, but couldn’t bring myself to cut my hair like him. No go.

Little Monsters Dress up Contest. I totally wanted to emerge from a cocoon just like Gaga. Don’t you want to dress up like a Little Monster? Except most of my audience is on deadline for their next book, so no go.

Downton Abbey Spin-Off Show. Every single housemaid gets an iPhone and joins Twitter. Production costs on that were just astronomical when I checked. No go.

Can’t wait to “meet and greet” you all better in 2011!


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Rae February 21, 2011 at 11:19 pm

I love the content on your site but that annoying pop up that asks to sign up for your newsletter is driving me to cancel my subscription. Is there a way to make it stop while reading your site?

Trish February 22, 2011 at 8:24 am


I’m so sorry! You can press the x to make it go away (in the top right-hand corner of the box). It’s supposed to go away after you sign up! Argh.

I have been using a new pop-up plugin that is supposed to go away. I will report this behavior to the plugin creator. If you’ll give me a few days to fix it, I will do everything I can. If I don’t have it fixed, you can message me directly at and just because of that I may change plugins entirely.

Thank you for telling me. I really appreciate it, Rae. Definitely annoying!


Rae February 23, 2011 at 7:47 pm

But let’s say, someone wants to read your blog, but not sign up for the newsletter (which I did). The only way then to make the annoying pop up go away would be to sign up. Kind of a lot of marketing pressure……

Trish February 23, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I can unsubscribe you anytime you’d like. Just say the word, Rae. That’s a release of marketing pressure. . . at least I think so. 🙂

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