Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Power of Social Media

I love Twitter. I never thought I'd say that because it took me ages to figure it out, and I still giggle at the word "Hashtag." But if not for Twitter, I wouldn't have met some extraordinary people.

A while back, I stumbled onto a reader in the UK named Jackie495. Jackie495 was hilarious, irreverent and loved women's fiction--my kind of woman! So, we started tweeting, and she was nice enough to buy Finding Lucas. Well, not only did Jackie read it, but she made it her mission to tell everyone she knew of my book. I was floored. She spent so much time tweeting, taught me about all of the book promotion services I had no clue about and wrote me an amazing, never-to-be-forgotten review on Amazon UK, Canada and US. Who does that? And she did it simply because she liked me and Finding Lucas. And she is the reason Finding Lucas is now available in the Manchester Library. Finding Lucas isn't even available at a Toronto Library. Yet. I'm sure Jackie will know how to do it.

Through Jackie, I met Marlene, aka howcrazy, and I was stunned at what an incredibly talented artist she is. Thrilled that Marlene lived in Toronto, I tweeted with both of them, sometimes many times a day. As I got to know these wonderful women, I understood the power of social media when it is used for good.

When Jackie announced that she was coming to Toronto for a summer vacation, I was surprised. I'd never expected to meet her in person, and usually when someone says they'd love to visit your city, they mean ten years in the future. But Jackie is so passionate and determined and had already booked her flight.

Yesterday, I was invited to lunch to meet both Jackie and Marlene, now affectionately known as Jacks and Mars, and we spent hours eating delicious food, laughing, talking and getting to know each other. They are both as beautiful, warm and intelligent in person (breathe a huge sigh of relief because like a blind date, you never quite know how it's going to work out), and I am so glad I met them.

I went home with a huge bag of freshly baked scones and peach preserves and a smile on my face that came from taking a leap of faith. Thanks Jacks and Mars for being who you are!

Stay tuned for tomorrow when I talk about more amazing people I know in my Ode to Bloggers on Meredith Schorr's Celebration of Bloggers!











6 comments:

  1. Aw, this is awesome! I need to get myself back to the city to meet you! :)

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    1. Seriously! We would have so much fun! Let's do it, Kaley!

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  2. What a wonderful experience, Sam! It's great when the connection you make with people online is just as great in person.

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    1. It really is! Now I have to meet you, Elke!

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  3. It's truly a gift to meet an online friend in person. Yes, strange at first - like a first date - but such a blast once the conversation starts flowing in more than 140 characters!

    It was my great privilege to meet you, Sam, in NYC this past May!!!

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    1. Best time ever! I miss you all the time and still laugh about our Real Housewives of BEA lunch.

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