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The Story Behind the Sassy Gal

So, some of you may have noticed the Sassy Gal in my sidebar. To tell you the story behind her, I have to time travel a bit. I’m not exactly sure of the date, but back when social media was just starting to ramp up, I was asked to give a talk about social media for authors for my local authors’ group.

I can remember standing up there and trying to explain Twitter and tweeting and hashtags. Honestly, I felt a bit silly even saying the words. And the looks on the faces of my fellow authors? Yeah.

I didn’t blame them at all. Well, the world has moved on at a rate that is a bit head-spinning to a grandma/author. So when the subject of Chat Bots came up in another author conversation, I’m sure my face looked a lot like my author friends back when.

But since beginning my adventures in writing, waaaaaay back in the early 90’s (I did mention I’m a grandma, right?), I have had to learn a lot more than tweeting and hashtags.

I’ve learned to:

  • Write
  • Edit
  • Use the computer
  • How to get an agent
  • How to lose an agent (or two)
  • How to use programs like Scrivener and Vellum
  • How to upload and manage my own books on the various vendor sites
  • How to Facebook, Tweet, Instagram, and YouTube

And now I’ve learned how to set up a Chat Bot on my Facebook Page.

What the heck is a chat bot you ask? A chat bot is a NON SPAMMING way to talk to readers, or anyone for that matter, via Messenger on a Facebook Page or in a Facebook group. (They are also used on websites and such, but I don’t know how to do that. Yet.)

To meet my Sassy Gal, you can navigate to my Facebook Page and click on “message Pauline Baird Jones.” When Messenger opens up, you can launch Sassy Girl in a couple of ways.

  • You can type “Hi” in the message box.
  • Or, you should see some blue dots by the place where you type a message. If you right-click the blue dots, you’ll see several options. Pick one and Sassy Gal will start a chat with you. At least, I hope so. She is a gal and she is sassy.
  • Or, you can click on this link. It will take you to my pinned Facebook post. Just leave a comment and Sassy Gal will message you.
  • You can click on the Sassy Gal on the sidebar of this blog. That will take you directly to Messenger and then all you have to do is say “hi.”

You can turn off Sassy Gal or unsubscribe just by typing “stop” where you type the message. She’s meant to be fun, not annoying. What’s the benefit for you? Well, you don’t have to sign up for my newsletter or even pay that much attention, but when I have a new release or some news, Sassy Gal will ask you if you want to know more. If you don’t, she goes away, and if you do, she sends you the info.

It’s that simple.

I have to say, it makes me feel—not young—but definitely cutting edge to have learned how to set this up. I would file this under “you can teach an old grandma new tricks” mostly because old grandmas have learned how to be very dogged. Lol

I hope you’ll take a minute to chat with Sassy Gal and then come back and let me know what you thought about it.

I love comments so much that I pick a favorite to receive a $25 gift card from my Zazzle store. The recipient is announced in the first blog post of the new month.

Perilously yours,


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