Sat. 16th April: To join Facebook or not to…

So, I finally decided to join Facebook. At Giles Kristian’s book launch the other night, I was talking to Michael Arnold, author of the well received Civil War novel, Traitor’s Blood. He recommended Facebook highly. I know that Doug Jackson has been very active on there too, so I decided to take the plunge. Here’s my page, such as it is for the moment. (Sunday 17th: I’ve changed it from yesterday’s link, which didn’t work.)

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  1. Posted 16 April 2011 at 21:18 | Permalink

    All advertising is good advertising matey.
    Its a good place to spread the word, especially when reviews links are added.

    Worth the effort.

  2. Posted 16 April 2011 at 21:46 | Permalink

    *sigh* Another blogger lost to Facebook. Please keep updating this one too, because I refuse to join FB with its total lack of privacy settings, no matter what they promise (my niece deleted her account after a private photo showed up on someone’s page who was definitely NOT invited to be her friend).

  3. leslieianjones
    Posted 17 April 2011 at 05:47 | Permalink

    I clicked on ‘page’ and it took me to facebook, but not your page. Facebook does have many issues so that doesn’t mean you have done something wrong. Can you tell me the ‘name’ of your page. That should get me there….

  4. benkane
    Posted 17 April 2011 at 10:47 | Permalink

    @Gabriele: Don’t worry, I haven’t been lost to Facebook! I’m going to merely link the page there to my blog here.

  5. benkane
    Posted 17 April 2011 at 10:48 | Permalink

    @Les: err, I’m not sure. Maybe I have done something ‘wrong’. I’m Ben Kane, but amazingly there are millions of other ones too. (Kane being a rare enough name in Ireland, and Ben even more so. I think most of them are American.)

    Will try to get a better link up…

  6. John Salter
    Posted 18 April 2011 at 11:39 | Permalink

    Ugh Facebook! You must have too much time on your hands Ben! 😉 Only joking but I’ll stick to this site if you don’t mind, heard too many bad stories about that place.

    How’s Spartacus coming along and when are we going to see the cover for Hannibal: Enemy of Rome? I keep checking Amazon but it’s not there yet. Do you have much input on the covers for your books?

  7. benkane
    Posted 18 April 2011 at 11:47 | Permalink

    @John – *groan* I know what you mean – not about too much time on my hands, but about FB in general. I’m not on there personally, if you know what I mean, and I’m not intending to be. I’m not inviting family etc. It’s purely a means to an end – acknowledging the power that FB has, and the fact that everybody and their mother is on there. A presence on it will give me greater access to my readers, and to potential readers, and although it will create more work for me, it should pay off.

    Spartacus and the gladiators have just scaled down a cliff on vines and put 3,000 Romans to flight. He’s about to have a huge influx of slaves, wanting to join his ranks after hearin about his incredible victory. Military training is about to start in earnest. 75,000 words and rising…

    The Hannibal cover is done, virtually. It should go up on Amazon this week, I’m thinking. DO I get much input? Yes, thankfully. I get to provide lots of images of the correct armour and weapons etc. before the artist starts. I don’t come up with the actual image, but I can then comment on what he’s done. Usually, it’s only tiny tweaks that I want anyway, as the guy – Steve Stone – is a genius. He’s one of the biggest cover artists out there. Check out his website.

  8. Fabitaromunass
    Posted 18 April 2011 at 20:28 | Permalink

    Don’t listen to them Ben! Facebook is well good.

  9. benkane
    Posted 18 April 2011 at 20:36 | Permalink

    @Fabitaromunass: cheers! Still finding my way around. Is it just me, or is the site a bit clunky?

  10. annis
    Posted 19 April 2011 at 06:12 | Permalink

    @Ben: No it’s not just you, IMO FB is a dog and one of the least intuitive websites around. And whenever you actually get used to the layout, they go and change it on you! That’s my curmudgeonly 2 cents worth, anyway 🙂

  11. Pat Leighton
    Posted 21 April 2011 at 11:20 | Permalink

    Agree FB can be frustrating, but it’s there, so why not use it? Really looking forward to 9 June when the new book comes out (and which just happens to be my birthday, but I’d be telling if I said which one….). So yes, I sent you a ‘Friend Request’and expect your ‘Friends’ to be many! 🙂

  12. benkane
    Posted 21 April 2011 at 11:28 | Permalink

    @Pat: Hi! Sorry, sorry that I didn’t reply to your last email… 🙁 Your singing career seems to be going from strength to strength – good for you!

    (Have accepted your friend request!)

    (And I hope that your numberless birthday is a lovely one!)

  13. Gladiator
    Posted 21 April 2011 at 12:23 | Permalink

    Im on Fb, its ok but its got so many pages that lead you to virus’s 🙁 . i think that because there are so many people on FB called Ben Kane, it would be good to make a page or group so its easier for People to find you because i dont think there are any pages called Ben Kane:)

  14. benkane
    Posted 21 April 2011 at 12:31 | Permalink

    @Gladiator: hmmm. I did want to have my name come up as ‘Ben Kane, author’, but couldn’t find out where to change my name. Will have to look again. What is the difference between a page with ‘Ben Kane’ on it and a group or page with ‘Ben Kane’ on it by the way?

  15. Gladiator
    Posted 21 April 2011 at 13:24 | Permalink

    Well a page is usually for Businesses or important people,authors ect so a page would probably be better but a group is like if a fan made a group for example, called ‘Ben Kane is awesome’ people join that group if they agree with what it says and see how many people join but with a page you click ‘like’. im not that good at explaining it but im good at making pages ect

  16. benkane
    Posted 21 April 2011 at 16:23 | Permalink

    @Gladiator: ah, thanks. I think I see! I’ll get my wife, who is a Facebook-o-phile, to help me on this…

  17. Gladiator
    Posted 21 April 2011 at 17:25 | Permalink

    lol haha im a bit of a Facebook adict to be honest. 😀 il send you a request or join your page if you make one 🙂

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