Welcome to Digimonkey’s Café! Yes, yes, she knows you’ve probably heard it called the ARe Café, but as a VIP (Very Important Primate) at All Romance, Digimonkey can tell you the truth – the café is really all about her and her beloved ebooks. That’s why she’s so excited that you’ve decided to drop by and pay her a visit.
Digimonkey loves to meet new people and talk about books, and the Café is a wonderful place to get better acquainted. Your Café account has lots of neat features, all of which will give Digi and other visitors to the Café a chance to get to know YOU!
When you first create your account, you will be given an Avatar to go along with your Profile, but Digimonkey seriously doubts it will look anything like the real you. At least, she hopes not. Really, really hopes not. Ahem. Regardless, Digimonkey is hoping that you will upload a favorite photo of you instead. Having faces to go with names is so much friendlier!
To change your Avatar, go to your main profile page and click on the small link under the image that says “Change Avatar”. Click on “Choose File” and then locate the picture you want to use on your device. Click “Open” or “Choose” followed by “Upload Image”. Next you will be asked to crop your image so that it fits the website specifications. Drag the eight small squares on the edges of the highlighted section until the preview image showing to the right of the main image looks the way you want it to. Remember that all avatars appear on the site as squares, so keep that in mind when selecting your image. Click “Crop Image” and you’re done!
Ready to share some facts? Click on the “Profile” button, then “Edit”. You’ll find two options, one for Readers and one for Authors (and yes, you can be both!). Click on the appropriate button and then enter your information in the text boxes. For readers, this includes Name, About Me, Website URL, Twitter ID, Location, Birthday, and Preferred eReader. The name is the only one that is required, so only include that information that you are comfortable sharing! When you’re finished, click the “Save Changes” button at the bottom.
If you’re an author, you’ll want to enter your author information, including Website URL, Twitter and MySpace links, the Genres you write, and your WIP, then click the “Save Changes button at the bottom.
Now that you’ve added some information about you, how about sharing what’s new in your corner of the world? For instance, have you read any good books lately? Attended any author or reader events? Celebrated your latest book release? Select the “Activity” button to access your “What’s New” text box. Just type your news into the text box and click “Post Update” to tell Digimonkey and the rest of the café visitors all about what’s new with you!
Messages are very much like private email between Café members (as opposed to public posts on the profile), and can be reached by clicking on the “Messages” button. The first message you’ll receive will be a welcome from Kathryn Lively, the Café Manager who handles all those pesky details that Digimonkey doesn’t have time for because she’s busy having fun…errrr…working at the café. This message is chockfull of good stuff, so take a few minutes to read through it. You’ll be glad you did!
Want to send a message to another Café member? Then click on the “Compose” button to open the form. Enter the Username of the Café member you want to contact, then add a subject and type your message in the Message box. When you’re all done, click on the “Send Message” button to send the message to the Café member’s Message box.
Ready to make a connection with a Café member, for instance, a spunky primate with an obsession for all things ebook-related? To send a friend request to another member, click on the Members link at the top of the webpage.
Type the name of the person you want to add into the Search box, and click the “Search” button. You can also do a general search by keyword instead if you’re trying to locate like-minded folks with a similar interest in, for instance, werewolves or zombies.
A list will appear for all members who match the search criteria. To send a friend request to one of the listed members, click on the “Add Friend” button to the right of their listing. They will be sent a request and, once accepted, you’ll be official Café friends!
If you have received friend requests from other Café members, you can view and accept them by clicking on the “Friends” button and then “Requests”.
Whew! That was a whirlwind tour, but now that you’ve gotten down the basics, Digi hopes you’ll join her for a nice cup of coffee or tea while you enjoy the wonders of the ARe Café.
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