Saturday, January 19, 2013

Street Teams; Not to be Confused With Street Walkers

‘Ello, lovelies! Okay, not sure why I suddenly went British like that. Perhaps it’s because of a few of my British friends who have been rubbing off on me as of late. Not rubbing off rubbing off, pervs, though that might be nice, but I digress.

Today, I want to talk about street teams. As the title suggests, this is different from street walkers.

Street teams (primarily organized through Facebook) have become an invaluable tool for authors and are gaining in popularity among readers who want to do all they can to help support their favorites. For some readers who refuse to choose, this means they’re involved in nearly a hundred street teams. Wow! That’s quite a feat. I think I speak for all authors when I say, it really is okay for you to like one more than the others, bless your hearts.

I’ve been asked a lot what a street team is, so I thought I’d do a post explaining that to the best of my ability.

First of all, a street teams is a group of individuals who volunteer to take on daily, weekly, and even personal tasks to get the word out about an author and his/her work. They share posts, make some of their own, tweet, blog, youtube, and even solicit book stores and libraries for interest in the author’s books.

A street team is only as good as its administrators, though, as they keep things running smoothly so the author can do the thing that drew your interest to him/her in the first place: WRITE. In exchange for their dedication, authors usually give some special, and sometimes exclusive, perks to the street team. This may be in the form of private contests, sneak peeks, promotional gear, first looks at covers and trailers, and the list goes on and on . . .

My street team is called Parker’s Pimpin’ Posse. Apropos, no? See, in this equation, my street team members are the pimps, and I’d be the chick they’re turning out. Okay, so maybe that makes me the street. Meh, I’m okay with that.

Check out this gorgeous banner made by our very own Shanalda Burden.

We’re currently recruiting new members. So if you’re interested, here’s the deal . . .

It takes dedication on your part. While I will ALWAYS stand by the fact that your personal life comes first, you should be able to make time for assignments. Most of the time, all that the daily assignment requires is a click of the “share” button. If you can’t do that, we’d appreciate your participation in the weekly assignments.

Also, if you’ve been following me for any length of time, then you’ve figured out by now that I’m all about having fun, even though it may border on inappropriate fun. And that’s in public. Ergo, you can probably guess what a closed, private group might look like. Though we walk a fine line at times, we do promise a raucously good time.

Still want to join? Here are the deets: You’ll need to message Alicia Justice on Facebook. Alicia runs Jitterbug Pr, and she’s the admin of Parker’s Pimpin’ Posse. Our co-admins are Jb Ramos and Maureen Morgan. Let Alicia know you’re interested and if you run a blog or have any “special” skills that might help the team expand its reach or pimpage ideas. I’m really looking forward to working with you all. 

I want to take another moment to thank you for your continued support, whether you decide to join the Posse or not. You guys never cease to amaze me.

P.S. Very big things are currently in the works, so now would be a fabulous time to join Parker’s Pimpin’ Posse *wink, wink*


Friday, January 4, 2013

Holy Shit on a Cracker!

Lookie! I’m being a good little lass and doing another blog post. I’m told I’m to be rewarded, though I haven’t been told what that reward will be as of yet. Keeping my fingers crossed for something thick and juicy. Erm, I’m talking about a steak, pervs!

By the way, I should tell you my blog title has nothing at all to do with the actual post. Though I did find crackers doing this . . .

That’s just disturbing. And that thing’s nose, or snout, or trunk, or whatever it is looks like it should be between its legs. I’m not saying, I’m just saying.

Okay, so here’s the deal. I’m told people want more of me and that I need to remind everyone where they can find me.

*cricket, cricket, cricket*

Right. So, just in case . . . you can find me on Instagram @ theclparker and Twitter @theclparker. You can also find me on Facebook @ CL Parker. Please be forewarned that I do not silence anyone on my page, and I will not unless they attack someone directly or get all morally distorted and shit. Also, know that I post things that can be edgy. Yes, let’s call it edgy. Which may or may not (read: usually does) include half naked men, and sometimes women.

Oh, and if you want to know what I’m listening to, you can follow me on Spotify – which I’m in LURVE with, by the way. I post my current project playlist there.

So, there you have it. If you want me, you know where to find me. And don’t be afraid to say, “I’m your biggest stalker.” Say it loud and be proud!