Facehooked Going to the Big Apple!

How do you know when you’ve got a hit?

When Howard Stern invites you to New York to be on his wildly popular radio show, chances are your book has struck a nerve! Debut author Dr. Suzana E. Flores will be appearing on The Howard Stern Show in early December.

If you use social media and haven’t checked out her book yet…well, what are you waiting for?! Suzana also shares some great tips for writers here on my blog.

Check out my review of Facehooked: How Facebook Effects Our Emotions, Relationships, and Lives on Blogcritics along with a more in-depth author interview.  Good luck to Dr. Flores!  Check out her website for more information on appearance dates.

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Interview with Dr. Suzana E. Flores, Author of Facehooked: How Facebook Affects Our Emotions, Relationships, and Lives

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Dr. Suzana E. Flores

Following the release of her book, Dr. Flores shared some insights on her writing process. Visit www.blogcritics.org for more on our conversation regarding social media and Facehooked.

What made you want to write this book?

I wanted to read this book but it wasn’t there.  Every book I found was either for academics or telling you how to navigate social media.  I kept waiting and waiting for someone else to write it and no one did.  I kept talking to my friends about my concerns with Facebook and after about a year of this, they said I should write my observations down. Fear or no fear, I thought, I have to do this.

What were you afraid of?

I’m not a writer, I’m a therapist. But we all are writers, if you have a story to tell.

So this is your first book and did you have any help?

I had one friend in particular who helped me organize it. He helped me form the skeleton of the book, the proposal and helped me to find my voice.

How long did this project take?

It was a 3-year process. It took me a long time to start because of self-doubt in my ability to write a book, but it also took a long time because I interviewed many people and collected case studies for the book.

How did you go about getting an agent?

It was trial and error. I read the books on query writing and proposals and the same friend that helped me organize the book helped me with the query and proposal. I then emailed different agents based on similar interests to my book.

What was the publishing process like for you?

Well, I’m kind of a crazy anomaly. I had an agent in about 15 minutes.  This agent was fascinated by the subject but I let her go because she wanted more of the highbrow book. I wanted to write a book for everyone not just academics.

Did that make you nervous?

Yes. People said I was crazy to not sign but three months later, I met Elizabeth Kracht with Reputation Books and it was a match made in heaven.

What is your advice to aspiring writers?

To not listen to negativity.  Thoughts are very powerful. “You will never find an agent. Never find a publisher.”  I was scared enough. If I had listened to any of it, I would never have written the book.

Anything else?

Just write. Don’t edit. Just write. If you’re passionate, just do it.

Dr. Suzana E. Flores is a practicing psychologist in Chicago.  Visit her website for more information. www.drsuzanaflores.com   Facehooked is available on Amazon.

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Are YOU Facehooked®?

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Check out my book review of ‘Facehooked: How Facebook Affects Our Emotions, Relationships and Lives’ by Dr. Suzana E. Flores.  You can find it on Blogcritics.org or at the Seattle Post Intelligencer!FACEHOOKEDeCover

Check back soon for an interview with the author on the project’s origins and her advice to aspiring authors!

 

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What are You Saving?

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Writing isn’t only about business. You tweet, you text, you update your status.  Now more than ever, everyone is a writer. But how many of these electronic treasures do you preserve?  You probably still save handmade cards from your kids but what else are you missing?

Who remembers notes passed in school?  You don’t have to reveal your age but I will.

I have a box in my attic filled with meticulously folded sheets of notebook paper.  Some are in little origami-type squares, some with a special fold that “locks” the note in place.

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Some are written in pencil. Some with every other word in a different color ink.

Some are written as a page-long acronym – the challenge was to decipher every word from just one letter.

Some are 30 pages long (thank you, Wendy Morris); a fulfilled promise to write the longest school note ever.

And some of my favorites are from a guy named Tim (now my husband) who was in love with a friend of mine and wanted my help getting to know her.

It’s an in-depth history of my adolescence.  OK, I admit, many of us would rather forget those times.  But much of what we know about our collective history is due to the written record preserved in letters.  The brilliant biography of founding father John Adams was based almost entirely on letters he exchanged with his wife. More than 1,100 of them!

Much of what passes as communication these days evaporates as soon as we hit the send button.  Are there treasures we’re missing?

Recently, my favorite uncle was hospitalized in critical condition.  The family rallied spectacularly and in hilarious fashion via private messages on Facebook.  These words and images were a perfect reflection of what makes my family distinct.

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As the self-appointed family historian, I printed and saved the entire thread.  I knew it would entertain and delight my uncle.  More importantly, I didn’t want it to just evaporate. It was worth preserving.

I do this every now and then when something catches my eye on Facebook or other sites.  Maybe no one will read it but then again, maybe my kids’ kids will be happy they have something of their family’s history and wit to keep.  Facebook will go the way of MySpace some day.  Who knows what might take the place of Twitter?

You read more than ever – Twitter, Facebook, Pintrest.  You write more than ever before, at least electronically.  What are you saving?

 

 

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Before You Hit Send

“It’s hard to take someone seriously when they leave you a note saying, ‘Your ugly.’ My ugly what? The idiot didn’t even know the difference between your and you’re.” ― Cara Lynn Shultz, Spellcaster

Social media has enhanced communication in some ways and diluted it in others. If I were a superhero, I’d wear a cape made of dictionary pages and run around with a magic red pen correcting the Facebook posts and Tweets of those too quick to hit the enter/send buttons.

Even if your friends don’t judge you by the way you communicate, customers, clients and superiors DO. You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to be careful.

If you notice an error after you hit send, give it a beat and then decide if it’s worth following up. Sometimes the answer is yes.

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