Rise of the Machines and the WANAMama

By Piper Bayard

She has many names–WANAMama, Writerchik, the Death Star–but you may know her as Kristen Lamb. Fiction writer, blogger, and social media maven. I met her just over three years ago on a patio in Ft. Worth. She was gesticulating wildly, glass of wine in hand, and Texas-twang-talking a mile a minute about antagonists and log lines. It was a watershed moment in my career.

Author Kristen Lamb

I thought I was safe behind a few other writers as I listened, hoping I wouldn’t catch her eye. Then she looked straight at me and asked me, “Do you blog?”

Me: “Blog? . . . Isn’t that cousin to The Creature from the Black Lagoon?”

Kristen: “In the Internet Age, every writer needs a social media platform if they are going to be taken seriously and be viable in today’s market. But here’s the good news. We are not alone.”

And so it began. She was writing a book about her approach to author platform building on social media–WANA, standing for We Are Not Alone. She adopted me as her guinea pig for her methods because she had never met anyone who knew less about social media. As her experiment, I began to blog and started Facebook and Twitter accounts. Major steps for a technophobe.

The result? In three years, I have a social media platform that reaches over two million people. My debut dystopian thriller, FIRELANDS, hit #21 at Amazon for Science Fiction/Genetic Engineering the day I announced it, and it now has a dozen or so five-star reviews from people I’ve never met. After six weeks, FIRELANDS is still sitting at #11 for Young Adult/Dystopia at Kobo, which is pretty amazing since it isn’t even a YA book.

The point of telling you this is not to toot my own horn. It’s to let you know that Kristen’s WANA methods really work. Since I met her, Kristen’s WANA method has developed into three best-selling social media books, a popular new social media site for authors called WANA Tribe, a bi-annual online writers convention called WANACon featuring first class teachers and author keynotes, a series of online writing and social media classes, and her latest achievement, Rise of the Machines.

Rise of the Machines Cover

No one has the ability to interpret social media and what it means to authors and the changing publishing industry like Kristen does. She can take the most complicated information and translate it into a digestible and entertaining form, making it useful to noobs and New York Times best sellers, alike. I can’t recommend Kristen’s books or the WANA method highly enough.

Rise of the Machines is and author’s best friend. You can find it at Amazon.

This week over at Kristen’s site, she is devoting her efforts to an Apocalypse Week to celebrate the success of her guinea pig (me). Please visit her at Kristen Lamb’s Blog and enjoy her hysterical voice as she explores the more humorous aspects of total annihilation. Who else can talk about the Kardashians, e. bola, and apocalypse at the same time and make it funny? It starts here . . .

The Stuff of Legends–Creating a Character Apocalypse

by Kristen Lamb

Have a great week, everyone! Bayard & Holmes will be back next Monday with an update from Holmes on the Syrian situation.

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The End is Near (and we deserve it). . . . The Queen’s Used Knickers Net $18k on eBay


Apparently, Queen Elizabeth left these used knickers on a private airplane when she was visiting Chile in 1968. I’m not even going to speculate on that one.

Click here for the full story from TMZ.

Blogs and Articles in No Particular Order

The Comfort Zone is for Pets, Not Professionals by Kristen Lamb. Because you can’t get a “yes” if you don’t ask the question.

Two of my favorites in one place. Humor Hits Hook Readers by Margie Lawson over at Jenny Hansen’s More Cowbell.

The brilliant Donna Newton, best DFW Writers Conference roommate ever, got some great pictures and video. I was most impressed with her shooting. She has a video of her second time out. Second time in her whole life, that is. (She lives in the UK. They don’t trust their citizens with guns over there so responsible adults have to come to the US to be treated like responsible adults. Yes. That was a gun control dig.) Anyway, Donna earned the nickname Kickass when I took her shooting. She was at 15 yards from the big jug at the beginning and about 20 yards from the can at the end. These are shots most people can’t make with a pistol without some practice, and many can’t make ever. Donna Newton’s How to Hook an Agent….The ‘SOO’ Publishing Way.

Jenny Hansen, Donna Newton, Piper Bayard, Ingrid Schaffenburg, Kristen Lamb

Last week, I went to the DFW Writers Conference. Ingrid Schaffenburg sums up the lessons well in Encouraging Words from Seasoned Professionals.

Need a vacation but can’t leave your desk? Check out Nicole Basaraba’s Visit La Piscine (The Pool) Museum in Roubaix, France.

Awesome Q&A with New York Times Best Selling Author and Heckuva Guy James Rollins about his upcoming release, Bloodline. Bloodline Question and Answer Exclusive

Big It bless these dogs. I can’t even get my dog to jump out of a car, much less an airplane. From Jodi Lea Stewart, HEROES: Military Working Dogs (MWDs).

Warning: If you’re still in your Youthful Party Phase, or you’ve moved on to your Old Farts Recapturing their Youth Phase, this video might have you stuck to your chair for the rest of the day. Via the Prince of Prose, Ryne Douglas Pearson, I give you a Slinky on a Treadmill.

All the best to all of you for a week of keeping your knickers where they belong.

Piper Bayard–The Pale Writer of the Apocalypse

The End is Near (and we deserve it). . . . Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant

Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant

Yes. It’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s a beauty pageant for members of the world’s oldest profession. Charlotte Laws reports on the event in her blog for The Huffington Post. Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant: Naked Facts About Women and Equality

Blogs and Articles in No Particular Order

Best selling author Kristen Lamb found out the advantages of Twitter when her community was beset by tornadoes this week. Twitter & Twisters – A Life-Saving Combination

It’s the hottest game in town, and Marcy Kennedy caught the fact that one important line was missing. The Missing Hunger Games Line

Best selling author Larry Enright released an exciting new apocalyptic novel, 12/21/12You can find it at the Larry Enright Amazon Page. While you’re there, check out the review by another of my favorite authors, Ryne Douglas Pearson. Ryne is possibly the most eloquent author I know, and even reading his book reviews are a real mind soothing treat.

Historical fiction author and publishing attorney Susan Spann is writing a brilliant series to educate us about the A – Z of publishing that every writer needs to know before plunging in. She started with A is for Agency and is now up to E is for Exclusivity. A must read.

August McLaughlin gives us a most helpful update on the new changes to Pinterest, a playground for the visually oriented. #Pinterest: How to Pin Without Getting Arrested

Thought the threat to our internet freedom went down with SOPA? Not a chance! Check out CISPA, which, like Grendel’s mother from Beowulf, has even uglier potential, making our government partners with web sites to spy on us. Even Worse Than SOPA: New CISPA Cybersecurity Bill Will Censor the Web Via Andrew Kincaid.

This is a hoot! Peeps on Television: 20 Shows Starring Marshmallow Peeps by Mental Floss.

Grandparents Rock! Kathy Owen shares ten reasons why grandparents are the best, along with a video of an old couple that’s sure to have you grinning.

Pro Soccer Player Wipes His Booger on a Child’s Face. Just to warn you, this video is seriously disgusting. Do not watch it if you don’t want to see a gross out that makes middle school humor seem pleasant. My esteem for American football players just went up ten notches.

Nigel Blackwell avoids controversy in a most hysterical fashion. A Non-Controversial Sockumentary

Super Blogger Leanne Shirtliffe pointed out Play Date Waivers: A Bizarre New Trend in Parenting.

Love this super fun video of a wild river otter and Rio the backyard beagle. Perhaps we should recruit them to teach our country (and our world) about peaceful co-existence.

What do you think of the Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant?

All the best to all of you for a week of feeling pretty.

Piper Bayard

The End is Near (and we deserve it). . . . Man has Heart Attack at Heart Attack Grill

A gentleman was enjoying the Triple Bypass Burger at the Heart Attack Grill when he apparently went into cardiac arrest.

He certainly can’t sue for false advertising.

There were several contenders this week…

My thanks to Kerry Meacham for sending me this article. World’s Largest Breasts Save Drunk Driver’s Life

A big thank you, too, to Angela Quarles for this wonderful tidbit. “Toylet” Turns Bathroom into an Arcade

Both of these articles are more proof that The End is Near (and we deserve it).

Blogs and Articles in No Particular Order

Bracing for Impact – The Future of Big Publishing in the New Paradigm. A brilliant analysis of the shifting sands by Kristen Lamb.

There’s quite the dance going on with Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Clever Moves All Around in the B&N and Amazon Chess Game.

Seems every time I get a handle on Facebook and Twitter, they change. Luckily, I’ve got Lonny Dunn at ProNetworkBuild to help me keep it sorted out. New Twitter Tips

Remember Whitney Houston? A tribute by Mark Kaplowitz.

Ellie Ann is always putting out so much good material that I couldn’t choose this week. One is some positive news out of Iraq about what one nonprofit, SALT, is doing to help that country learn to develop itself. What’s with All the Iraqi Agricultural Buzz? She also has a funny, clever post, Women as Objects.

Debra Kristi and her guest blogger, Diane Capri remind us just how much Big Brother sees. We See You (whether you know it or not)

Welcome award winning author and lovely lady Justine Davis to the blogosphere. Welcome!

A fun post from Amy Shojai about the literary and computing abilities of cats. How Cats Read & Computer Cat-Astrophe

Are you aware that political parties are now keeping detailed information about you in their databases? Obama’s White Whale: How a Top-Secret Obama Campaign Program Could Change the 2012 Race. I am guessing this isn’t just the democrats.

On the other hand, Bayard/Lamb 2012 never collects your data for any reason. This week, we’re honored to have a Campaign Blog Stop at Laird Sapir’s. Stop by and find out how the metric system contributed to the American Revolution, and how a pack of war dogs will improve Congress. A Foxie with Moxie Campaign Stop

For some warm and fuzzy, check out Natalie Hartford’s Valentine post. Valentine’s Day: Let the Love Palooza Continue

“Time of My Life”: Last Known WWI Veteran Dies at 110 via my esteemed blogging and spy novel writing partner, Holmes.

And finally, if you’re like me and enjoy talking to the animals, check out this fellow who was lucky enough to go surfing with a dolphin.

Would you ever eat a Triple Bypass Burger?

All the best to all of you for a week of cardiac health.

Piper Bayard