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Stephanie Ruble
artist, writer for kids,
artist, writer for kids,

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Have you heard about the Night of the Giving Dead charity auction to benefit the Giving Library at Mott Children's Hospital? There are awesome items for writers and readers to bid on, including books (PB, MG &YA), art, and critiques (by authors, agents and editors for queries and manuscripts). Many items close Monday July 25th and there are still lots of great bargains. Bid while you still can!

See the auction items here:

There's also a contest to celebrate Carri Harris's debut novel, BAD TASTE IN BOYS (zombies, cute boys, & football, all in the same book!). Enter the contest to win a kindle or a six month writing mentorship with Carrie, here:

More about the Night of the Giving Dead auction:

About the Giving Library at Mott Children's Hospital:

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Tip for those uncomfortable with strangers following them on Google+: Remember, they won't be able to see anything you post unless they are in one of your circles (and you share something with that circle) or unless you post publicly. Solutions that I have seen some people use:

1. Add them to a circle called something like, “Who are you?” (Credit to my friend +Andrea Dale for this idea). When the circle gets large enough, you can post to that circle and politely ask them why they are following you. You can always move them to another circle later on. Or delete them from your circles.

2. Ignore them. They will only be able to see your public posts anyway.

Related note: This is one of the reasons I encourage everyone to fill out their profile information as much as possible (especially the Employer Name field, which is the text that appears when someone mouses over your name; mouse over my name at the beginning of this post to see what I wrote). That way when you follow someone, they are more likely to be able to figure out why you started following them.

p.s. I never mind it when strangers follow me on social media if they're genuinely interested in what I have to say. :-)

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Some great comments in response to my post about followers & following back. Especially a comment from +M Sinclair Stevens who writes:

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+John Garnett has it exactly right. The wonderful thing about G+ is that you don't have to fret about these decisions. You are not forced to reciprocate. You can let the relationship evolve. Followers will see only your Public posts and you don't have to see any of their posts clogging up your stream.

You already have a way of knowing who's following you. It's on your Circles page. You don't have to waste time adding them to a circle, too.

If they never interact with you, (leave a comment, share something with you) then they probably just jumped on the following bandwagon from recommendations. When you follow them, then G+ recommendations will recommend their friends and their friends. A trickle will become a flood.

If they do share a post with you, you'll get notified and you can see it in the Incoming stream (where it also doesn't clutter up the main stream). I use the Incoming stream to discover new people much more than I use the recommendations because the former group actually tried to share something with me.

If you just add people to your circle because they followed you, you will have to waste a lot of time wringing your hand to unfollow them later."

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If you're looking for some great Google+ tips, by the way, you should follow +M Sinclair Stevens! Excellent tips & insights.

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Many of you have asked for this, and now it's here!

Now, when you disable resharing (from the arrow at the top corner of your post), it also disables +mentions. That way, you can really clamp down on who's allowed to see the post.

There were reasons why we originally allowed +mentions even when sharing was disabled, but your feedback convinced our team to change that. Keep sending feedback! We're listening.

Let me tell you, sometimes it's hard to answer your feature requests without giving away the fact that we're already working on them. =)


I probably won't post much until I figure out what I'm doing ... then again, I might wake up tomorrow and decide to throw caution to the wind.

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