Monday, August 05, 2013

Party Like It's... 2013

Hello, all!

I'm a little late posting today due to some earlier high jinx, but it's wine o'clock, Baby TR's in bed, my writing for the day is finished, and a takeaway is simmering in the oven. Ahhhhhhhhh.

Today, I'm delighted to be hosting Janice Horton, writer and partier extraordinaire.

Take it away, Janice!

How To Party Online 

Social media applications are perfect forums for parties – the venue capacity is infinite, the guest list can be global, and all the fun and games can lead to bestselling success!

One of my top tips for creating online fun is to think carefully about the party date. Consider factors that might affect your guest’s attendance. If it’s a school holiday, for instance, will that be a negative or a plus for your party? Red letter days like Halloween and Valentine’s Day might tie in nicely with your theme, but be aware that lots of other online party peeps might have the same thought and therefore it might be harder for you to get noticed. 

In the same regard, public holidays like May Day and Easter Weekend might take people away from home or away from their social media networks. Essentially, once you have chosen your party day, work backwards on a timeline to make sure you can fit in all the planning.

I decided to write ‘How To Party Online’ after hosting several successful online parties and then being contacted by party peeps who wanted to know how I went about organising them. The result was ‘How To Party Online’: a guide that aims to help you to find fun and success while you party online!

“Social media marketing could be her specialist subject on Mastermind.” DG Life Magazine

 How To Party Online is available exclusively for Kindle on Amazon UK and Amazon.com

About the author: Janice Horton escaped a city-chic lifestyle and a career in corporate brand placement to live in a remote cottage on the side of a hillside in Scotland. Previously traditionally published and now writing as an Indie, Janice writes fiction with humour and heart and a hint of tartan. When not writing novels, Janice writes lifestyle articles and has had work published in national and international magazines. She has also been involved in BBC Scotland's 'Write Here Write Now' incentive. Janice is a regular blogger and you'll often find her partying on Facebook and Twitter.

Janice’s BlogFollow her on Twitter: @JaniceHortonLike her Facebook PageLink to her Amazon Author PageCheck out her GoodreadsFeatured Author & Associate Editor at: Loveahappyending.com

Thank you, Janice!

Have a lovely week, everyone. See you next Monday!


45 comments:

  1. I went to Lizzie Lamb's online Twitter launch party for Tall Dark & Kilted. It was A. Riot. And I ended up with a hangover next day, AND it was a virtual party. Sounds like this book is a must!!

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    1. I must admit to a few real hangovers after virtual partying too, Carol. The fun was all real also!

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  2. I've taken part in a few of these, and absolutely loved them! Online parties are terrific for those of us who...well...don't have any real friends. Or, she added hastily, live a long way from others. Good luck with the book, Janice - I shall look out for it!

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    1. Haha - I agree Jane. I live in a fairly remote spot and a long way from many of my friends. Being online is a fabulous way to connect and keep in touch.:)

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  3. Thanks for hosting me and one of my online party tips from How To Party Online on your fab blog, Talli. Party on! (But quietly of course so we don't wake up Baby TR!)

    Janice xx

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  4. You have some good pointers here on choosing the right days for your online parties. One does have to consider holidays and if it's one that takes readers away from the internet.

    I'm going to check out your book of suggestions, Janice. BTW, I've enjoyed your fiction for some time. Living on a hillside in Scotland has to offer all sorts of writing possiblities. :-)

    Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

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    1. Thank you for your lovely commnet, Sia. 'm thrilled you will be checking out How To Party Online and I'm super delighted that you have enjoyed my fiction! :)I'm currently writing the third part of my Voodoo Romance novella trilogy and working on a full length novel for Spring 2014.

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  5. I'm all for partying online - so long as I get tons of virtual wine and cheese!! Take care
    x

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    1. Thanks Kitty. It's great that there's no limit to the virtual goodies on offer!

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  6. Is is BYOB?
    I have a party week planned next month, but I would like to learn how to do one on Twitter.

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    1. Bring Your Own Beer...? Lol! Good luck with your party next month Alex. How To Party Online includes a start from scratch and step by step guide to online parties hosted on a blog, on Facebook, on Twitter, and a combination of them all. Party on!

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  7. I've never joined an online party but it sounds like a blast!

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    1. Hi Julie - I can highly recommend you try it. You don't necessarily have to stay long but you might find that you want to!

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  8. Janice, you really know how to do the online party right!! They are always smashing successes. Thanks for hosting her, Talli!

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    1. Thank you Bonnie - that's very kind.

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  9. I've already mentioned to Janice, I found 'How To Party Online' invaluable when organising my recent book launch. I think this is fast becoming every writer's little bible. Love it! Well done, Janice! Talli, I hope you enjoy your takeaway. :) xx

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    1. Ooh thanks Sheryl. I am especially pleased that two small but reputable publishers are now recommending How To Party Online to their authors. :)

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  10. I've done the odd online party. They can be a lot of fun!

    Thank you, Janice!

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    1. Thanks for your comment William. Perhaps you can invite me to your next one?!

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    2. I have yet to host on, but I've participated in others!

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  11. I have Janice's book and really admire her enthusiasm. I'm sure getting the timing right must be crucial to success.

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    1. Timing is important but enthusiasm is key and infectious I find. Thanks Miriam!

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  12. I love an online party! I can eat and drink what I want, and I never gain weight. Good luck, Janice.

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    1. Absolutely (except for the real party treats I keep by my side for sustainence purposes - lol!)

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  13. I have Janice's book, too, and it was invaluable to me as I hosted my online party yesterday. Virtual food and drink are great as they are calorie-free and for the most part, guilt-free, too.

    #partyon everyone!

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  14. I enjoyed your party and your party theme, Melanie, and it was a great success. Party on!

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  15. Janice certainly knows how to through a good party, and write a good book or two. Fun fun fun all the way. After taking a virtual holiday, these virtual parties are highly recommended. Long may they reign! :)

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  16. Online parties are certainly a big thing. Partying on Facebook, Twitter or even "Pin" parties with Pinterest. Lots of exciting ideas.

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  17. Great idea! What a fun book!

    Congrats Janice... All the best!!!!

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  18. Excellent! Sounds great and something we can all learn more about! Congrats to Janice!

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  19. Thanks Janice! I've joined some but never held one. Thanks for info, it will come in handy someday.
    Thanks for hosting her Talli.

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  20. Hope you enjoyed that takeaway Talli.Looks like hosting an online party is no easier than trying to sync a real party! Thanks Janice.

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  21. I too used Janice's book recently as my 'bible' for party planning a FB launch. I loved the step-by-step guidance, it was very easy to follow and I really enjoyed the day! Janice's FB party was great fun - can't wait for the next one.

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  22. Sounds like a wonderful idea and a very useful book, thanks, Janice.

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  23. Thanks everyone - I've enjoyed reading your comments this morning. Yay - virtual can be real - and fun!

    I must pick up on the point Angela made about Pinterest (the point, get-it.. hehe?!)as I did incorporate Pinterest into the party gaming at my last online party. It worked really well as a place party peeps could pick up pictures to post to FB.

    Party on!

    Janice xx

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  24. Social media really is like a party - great advice to view it that way! :)

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  25. Talli: I must admit that I never considered Social Media as part of a party until I read this! You always make me smile and also laugh at such fun! :)

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  26. Your online parties are fab, Janice, and this is an essential book for anyone wanting to host one!

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  27. What very good advice - thank you both!

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  28. It's great to see Janice here on your blog, Talli! How To Party Online is the best book I've ever read on this subject. So "user-friendly" and full of every single detail that guarantees a successful event. We all owe her our thanks for taking her experience and sharing it with the world!

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  29. Hi Talli - what a great idea for a book .. and Janice sure knows how to party .. and then host one - I can see from the comments ..

    Thanks for highlighting Janice and her book ...

    Cheers Hilary

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  30. Thank you for your generous comments and thanks again to Talli for having me on her fabulous blog. Party on!

    Janice xx

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  31. I had no idea there were even online parties. I am intrigued!

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  32. It's all about picking the right day. Weekends are usually not the best, as people are out and about living their lives.

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  33. Sounds like an awesome book to read! Congrats Janice!

    Hi Talli!

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Coffee and wine for all!