Facebook Party – Game & Post Ideas

facebook-party-4About a month ago, we got into writing a script for your Facebook parties. We didn’t get into too much detail about what fun posts you could do during the party.

As authors who LOVE to do Facebook Parties, we are constantly on the hunt for good ideas for posts. Both because the books we promote change, and out of a desire to keep things fresh for the awesome friends and readers who show up to each and every party.

General searches on Google have not turned up a ton of help in terms of author-specific ideas, which we find both surprising, and interesting. So let’s help each other out and talk Facebook party post ideas. We’ll get the party started with post ideas below. Please comment with some of your favs!

A Few Tips to Start

Make the posts, particularly those for giveaways, about having fun. Games, opinions, polls, etc. are always great ideas. Try to make most of your posts simple things that the partygoers can do fairly quickly.

Even better, try to focus the majority of your posts on/around your book(s). This doesn’t mean sharing info about the books. More like, making your games and posts go with the books in some way.

If you are a guest for another’s authors book launch party, make one of your fun posts about their book instead. 🙂

We like to put many of our games/giveaways at the BOTTOM of informational posts to encourage people to look at them. Try to make the game for the giveaway have something to do with the information above.

Game & Post Ideas

Introduce Yourself

Don’t just copy your bio in. This is supposed to be fun. Make it personal. Make it specific to the party/book(s) you are promoting. Share things like your favorites. And don’t forget to include links to social media.

Book Blurb

Self-evident, share your book blurb. OR Facebook is becoming more and more graphic. You might try a meme or a book trailer to share your book info.

Series Info

If you’re promoting a series, give a little bit about the series as a whole. Again, memes and graphics are a great way to do this. Don’t share every blurb for every book in the series.

Who’s Your Date?

Ask folks to share pictures of their fictional/dream party date, outfit, accessories, pet, transport, etc.. You can even make it themed to go with your book.

Free Association

Start folks off with 1 word and they enter the first word they think of. Try to make it themed to go with your book for extra fun.

Quizzes

Use a free tool like Playbuzz to create custom quizzes that related to your books. This can be specific (Ex. which hero from my series is your perfect match?) or it can be themed (Ex. All the books in this series are named for flowers. What would your flower title be?)

Related Questions

Ask the partygoers questions that let them share their preferences. Try to relate the questions to your books. For example, your genre is paranormal romance, ask what their favorite paranormal creatures are. Or if your book is set in New York City, ask for their favorite city.

Finish This

Give the partygoers a prompt and have them finish it. You can prompt them with a scene from your book, or a single question, or movie quotes, or…

Caption the Picture

Post a picture that goes along with the theme of the party, or goes with your book somehow. Funny pics are often considered best. Then ask the party goers to caption the picture.

Gathering Followers

Facebook Parties are a great way to connect with folks who might become new fans. Typically, the other authors at your party of a similar genre, which means their readers might like your books too.

We will caveat this with, don’t make every post about following you. It’ll bug the partygoers who came for fun. They’ll understand one request, but not multiple.

Some things you can ask them to do to follow you (remember, pick 1):

  • Subscribe to your newsletter
  • Follow/Like you on Facebook
  • Sign up to follow your blog
  • Mark a book as “to read” on Goodreads
  • Follow you on BookBub or Amazon
  • You get the idea…

 

Happy Facebook Party time! Don’t forget to check out our social media services, including organizing your next Facebook Party or writing you a script for the party!

 

 

 

Flip the Script on Your Next Facebook Party

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A Facebook Party is a ton of fun, but can also be super stressful for the hosts. These parties move quickly, with lots of different types of posts, games, and giveaways. In addition, there are the usual party niceties (manners) to be observed.

A fantastic way to reduce your party stress, host the best party you can, and make sure nothing gets forgotten, is to create a Facebook Party Script.

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Below is an example of a script with all the parts. Feel free to copy and make it your own.

Scripting It Out

When you create a script, you will write out every post you’ll be posting before, during, and after the party. For each individual post, include the following:

  • title of the post (to help you remember what it’s about)
  • date & time you will post it
  • the exact wording for the post
  • a reminder of any items you’ll be attaching to the post (images)

*Tip: Save the post and ALL the images in the same folder

Write the posts in the order you’ll be posting. Some authors use Word, some use Excel or a spreadsheet. It’s up to you what works best.

Types of Posts

Party Description

Your party description is permanently at the top (or on the description page) of your party. Use this space to tell attendees:

  • what you are celebrating (is this a release party? or something else?)
  • your party theme (if any)
  • if it’s a release party, a bit about the book (just a taste)
  • logistics (date, time, what time zone)
  • guest authors
  • any grand prizes up for grabs

Invites

When you share or invite from the event, there’s no text to include. However, when you post on your Facebook page or other social media, be sure to include:

  • all the info from your party description
  • the link to the party to allow them to RSVP
  • an explanation that a FB party is online and live for those who’ve never attended

Pre-Party Posts

Don’t just create the event and then wait for the date. Make sure to post periodically to help get the attendees excited about your party. Types of posts you can do ahead of time:

  • introduce your guest authors
  • announce the release of your book (if it releases before the party date)
  • 1-2 pre-party games with giveaway prizes (a good opportunity to encourage attendees to invite others)
  • memes
  • news related to your book topic or party topic
  • encourage everyone to share pics of their party goodies–their virtual date, outfit, shoes, accessories, pet, and so forth (to be clear, theses are pretend goodies)

“Morning Of” Informational Post

The day of, post the logistics in the morning. This serves two purposes. One: remind attendees that today is the day. Two: get the logistics out of the way early. Make sure you include:

  • excited to celebrate
  • giveaway rules (when giveaways close, rules to enter each, when/how winners will be announced)
  • schedule (including when each guest author will be on)
  • the disclaimer – all FB giveaways require a disclaimer releasing FB. Rather than post it on every single giveaway, you can post it once here and mention that it covers all giveaways in the event)

 

Countdown Posts

Starting about an hour before the party gets rolling start your countdowns. It doesn’t take many. Just a few to start reminding attendees that it’s almost time. You can include pre-party questions or even a giveaway or two to make it fun for those who stop by early.

Kickoff

The first post of the evening. This is where you:

  • thank guests for attending
  • remind them about the logistics post from the morning
  • thank you guest authors for joining you
  • and usually start the first game/giveaway for the party grand prize (if any)

Party Posts

The bulk of your posts will be in this section. These are the fun part. What to post here could take up an entire blog post by itself (which we’ll do another time). For now, here are a few musts:

  • Introduce yourself (include fun facts and your social media links)
  • Try to post about every 5 minutes.
  • Break posts up with some longer posts that are games/giveaways, and shorter posts (memes, quick questions, etc.) in between
  • Do include several games/giveaways. Try to make them easy but fun for participants. Even better, make them related to your book.
  • Introduce guest authors 1-2 minutes before they start
  • Thank guest authors as they wrap up
  • If you ARE a guest author, it’s a nice gesture to make at least one of your posts about the author/book the party is for

Thank You

Be sure to thank the guest authors and participants at the end of the party. Take the opportunity to remind people to check out your new book and/or follow you on various social media.

Wrap Up

A final logistical post reminding people about when giveaways will close and when/how/where winners will be announced.

Winners Announcements

We recommend a single winners announcement post (including winners for all guest author giveaways). Include:

  • Who ran the giveaway
  • The giveaway name
  • The giveaway prize(s)
  • The winner (tag the person)
  • A congrats to the winners and repeated thanks

 

To get you started, here’s a very basic Word Document layout. Happy Facebook partying