Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday Round-Up - #198

Earlier in the week, I mentioned attending the New York World's Fair. One of the venues matched young people with penpals in other countries. My penpal came from England. Today, we can write to people all over the planet with the touch of a button.

Jean Fischer, at Something To Write About, takes the mystery out of Facebook, including the new Facebook Timeline. She also gives information on setting up an Author Page.

Writers: Have you set up an Author Page yet? Please share your experience.

Readers: Did you ever have a penpal growing up? I mean the kind where you actually hand wrote letters. Where did they live?


quietspirit said...

I haven't set up an Author page yet. If my new writing project pans out I think I might.

I had a penpal for a short time when I was in high school. She thought I was a boy. I didn't stay with it.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Susan .. that's great that they were/are matching youngsters with pen pals across the globe - were they encouraging writing actual letters?

My mother is amazed at who and where they're from when I blog and connect ..

There's so much going on and so much change - that I'm quite glad I've been reticent about doing much with Social Media - when I'm ready with a book/product - then I'll go. Good luck though and I'm sure Jean's info will help a great deal.

Cheers from lovely sunny summer (though it's Spring!!) day .. just glorious and wonderful birdsong .. Hilary

Marja Verschoor-Meijers said...

Great round-up Susan, thanks. I have a page on Amazon, on Goodreads and on Facebook... so I'm covered :)
Enjoy your weekend.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Quiet Spirit - Great penpal story! I corresponded with my penpal for a year or two before she moved to Australia.

Hi Hilary - Oh yes, as I said above, we corresponded and sent each other little gifts for almost two years.

Hi Marja - Ah, another go-to person when I need help. :)


Jill Kemerer said...

I didn't have a penpal, but I always wanted one. Since we move often, I've collected penpals over the years. I love writing letters, but don't do it often enough. :)

Karen Lange said...

Jean's post is informative. Her blog is a wealth of information. Haven't set up an author page yet. For me, I think it's a tad early in the game.

Have a lovely weekend,

Loree Huebner said...

Love Jean's post. Thanks for sharing.

I did have a pen pal when I was young. We wrote back and forth for several years at the end of elementary school into middle school. Then I never heard from her again. I don't know what happened.

Terri Tiffany said...

I wanted a pen pal so badly. I wrote to one a few times but they didn't write back often and so it ended.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jill - I liked the fact she was from England, and we'd never met. Today, I meet people from all over the world and correspond through the Internet (Hi Hilary).

Hi Karen - I feel the same way about both our book and my other manuscripts. It's a "file for future reference" item. :)

Hi Loree - Once my penpal moved to Australia, we lost touch. I still think of her on occasion.

Hi Terri - That's sad. She missed out on knowing a special person. Some people are not geared to writing, especially to someone they don't know.


Rhonda Schrock said...

I'm going to check that link, Susan. I've had a couple of people suggest very recently that I need to think about an author page, so this is a timely and interesting post. Thank you!

jean Fischer said...

Hi, Susan.

Thanks for connecting to my blog post. I set up a FB author's page last month. Instead of using it primarily to share my writing projects, I'm posting tips and links for writers. So far, it's successful. I hope that your readers will visit at


Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Rhonda - Great! Glad I could be of help.

Hi Jean - Thank you for your great posts. I checked your author page, and will be back again.

Susan :)