Sunday, October 30, 2016

What's a Facebook party? by Denise Devine

Have you ever wondered what a Facebook party was or why you would attend one? Simply put, a Facebook party is an online celebration for a specific purpose. For readers, it’s an event to meet new authors, find great books and win prizes. That’s what this post is about—connecting readers to authors and great books.

Do you have to know someone or be invited by someone to attend? Not usually. Most parties are open to the public. If you receive an invitation on Facebook, that means someone in your list of friends invited you to a party. However, if you see a post in your news feed announcing a party, that’s an open invitation to everyone. In either case, it’s free and there’s no obligation to buy anything.

Event Page – Most parties are held on a Facebook page set up specifically for that event. Once the event is over and the prize winners are announced, the page is no longer used. The next time a party is set up, a new page will be created by Facebook for that purpose.

Banner – This is important. It will convey to you the theme, date and time of the party.

About Section – This is where the organizers will give you a brief description of what the party is about.

Pinned Post – The first post in the party will list the guest authors in the order they appear, usually one every half-hour. That post will stay at the top.

What do the authors do? First, they introduce themselves, post links to their web pages, newsletters, Amazon author pages, etc. That way, if you want to find out more about a certain author, you can click on the links she provides. If you want to stay in touch with a particular author and receive notification when she publishes a new book, simply sign up for her newsletter or follow her on Amazon. Second, the author will post her newest release along with a 1-2 paragraph description of the book and “buy” links. Third, authors will post party games. A party game is usually an activity posted in the form of an intriguing question in keeping with the party theme, but it’s not limited to questions. Authors come up with all kinds of interactive activities. Holiday parties are especially fun because there is so much ground to cover! At least one prize is awarded in every game.

What’s a party favor?  This is usually a free ebook offered to everyone at the party.

How to participate – This is the easy part! Simply read through the posts as they appear and comment. That’s it. You’ll have to refresh the page periodically to keep up. If you have to leave for a while to answer the phone, make supper or whatever, you can simply click out of the page and come back later. The posts will stay up in the order they were posted for a long time after the party closes. The winners are usually chosen the next day to give latecomers and people who had to leave for a while a chance to read through all the posts and comment.

Winners – What’s a party without prizes? They vary from party to party, but the most common prizes are free ebooks, printed books, book bags, bookmarks, personalized notebooks, jewelry and Amazon gift cards ($5-$10). Grand prizes can be large Amazon gift cards ($25-$100) or a new Kindle. The amount and type of gifts vary from party to party. The winners are chosen after the party closes—usually the next day. Sometimes the authors choose the winners, sometimes they are chosen using a random generator. Either way, you can’t win a prize unless you participate by commenting.

To get you started, I’ve provided three Facebook parties within this post that I found under “Events” on my personal Facebook home page (not the timeline). If you aren’t aware of this feature, Events will be listed on the left side. On my page, it’s toward the bottom. I have included the links to these events below.

Have fun and I hope you win a prize!

Kathi Daley Books Halloween Spooktacular – Going on now through 10/31

November 10th –  Third Annual Cowboys and Christmas Release Party
November 14th - Gobble Till You Wobble! (Grand Prize - Kindle)

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Denise Devine is a USA TODAY bestselling author of romantic comedy, contemporary romance and she also loves to write inspirational fiction. She wrote her first book, a mystery, at thirteen and has been writing ever since. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. She writes about true love, happy endings and stories that touch your heart. For more information, visit her Amazon Author Page or her website.

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  1. Thanks for the info. I love Facebook parties. I've met so many people through them.

    1. I hope it helps people who are curious about FB parties, but don't participate because they know anything about them.

  2. Thanks, Denise. I also love Facebook parties and have met so many wonderful new readers. Plus, the parties are so much fun!

    1. Yes, me too! When I think of how scared I was the first time I participated as an author, I have to laugh. It was a great way to learn how to connect with readers online, but not as difficult as I thought it would be. It's fun.

  3. Facebook parties are such fun - and a great way for readers and authors to connect!