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I'm Sally Murphy, an Australian author of over 30 children's books. I'm also the slightly crazy mother of six beautiful kids. You'll find bits of me buried somewhere in every one of my books. I love reading, writing, and speaking about reading and writing.

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Five Minute Promo: Day 23

Yesterday I had you Tweeting about the weather. Today’s task should be just as easy, and I’m going to get straight to the point:

5 Min Promo #23

A cute dog picture can appeal to lots of people.

A cute dog picture can appeal to lots of people.

Take a photo of something cute, then open your Instgram app and post it. Make sure you say a little something and use some hashtags.

Got nothing cute to photograph? What about one of those cats and dogs that fell down in yesterday’s rain? Or any of your longer-lasting pets. Maybe it’s an ornament or toy you own. Or your child/grandchild.

Why cute? Because it’s human nature that many people love cute photos – they see that fluffy duckling, or that furry lamb and they say awwwwww. And that’s engagement. They wonder what else you’ve posted, and this leads them to see images of your book in your other posts.

Five Minute Promo Day 23

Yesterday I had you Tweeting about the weather. Today’s task should be just as easy, and I’m going to get straight to the point:

5 Min Promo #23

Here's something cute I photographed in Adelaide last week.

Here’s something cute I photographed in Adelaide last week.

Take a photo of something cute, then open your Instgram app and post it. Make sure you say a little something and use some hashtags.

Got nothing cute to photograph? What about one of those cats and dogs that fell down in yesterday’s rain? Or any of your longer-lasting pets. Maybe it’s an ornament or toy you own. Or your child/grandchild.

Why cute? Because it’s human nature that many people love cute photos – they see that fluffy duckling, or that furry lamb and they say awwwwww. And that’s engagement. They wonder what else you’ve posted, and this leads them to see images of your book in your other posts.

5 minutes is what it takes. Go to it.

And see you tomorrow.

Five Minute Promo: Day 22

It’s July 22 which means it’s also Day 22 of the Five Minute Promo challenge. Before you get to today’s task, stop what you’re doing, head to the nearest window, and take a look outside (unless, of course, you already are outside, or have just been for a lovely morning walk before attending to your social media for the day).

You’re back? Good. Here’s the task.

5 Min Promo #22

Getting darker

Clouds building on my favourite beach: a good topic for a tweet.

Go to your Twitter account and compose and post a Tweet about the weather. You can be serious: Just looked out my window and it is raining.

Or Whiny:

Just looked outside and can’t believe it is raining. Again.

Or excited:

OMG!!! Can’t believe it’s actually raining.

Or just plain silly:

It’s raining cats and dogs. No wonder the mouse is hiding.

(Okay that wasn’t all that funny – am sure you can come up with something better).

Don’t forget to use a hashtag or two, and then you’re done.

How does talking about the weather promote your book? It doesn’t, directly (unless of course you’ve written a book about the weather), but it engages your followers, especially those who strongly agree or disagree with you, or who match your sense of humour. Talking about the weather is just as engaging online as it is off.

Go to it – five minutes to tweet, perhaps check what everyone else is tweeting about, and then head outside and enjoy that beautiful sunshine. Oh – I forgot: it’s raining.

See you tomorrow.

Poetry Friday: Yum!

It’s Poetry Friday and I have just a quick post today, as I’m having a really busy week.
Last week while I was in Adelaide I bought myself two magnet sets, including boards and magnets, to add to my collection of magnetic words for inspiring and creating poetry. Earlier this week I posted the first poem I created using the sets. If you missed it, here it is:

Magnet Poem

When I got the set out today, I was attracted to the picture magnets and wondered if I could use some of them to inspire a rhyme. Here’s my effort, written in whiteboard marker:

Yum

And, when I looked back through my poems I came across this one written on my old, more staid whiteboard with some of my many other magnet words:Poetry

I look forward to creating lots more poems – simple and more complex – with my new toys.

 

Have a great Poetry Friday. This week’s roundup is hosted by Books 4 Learning. Head there to see links to more poetry goodness.