Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Market Yourself: Social Media for Writers



Social Media: Marketing your Writing

Note: This is a talking paper for a lesson I teach to Emerald Coast Writers. Don't expect it to talk by itself. I do that in person. But the links below speak for themselves.

Social Media can help you build your writer's platform.
  • Important blogs to follow (and comment, because lurking gets you zero supporters):
         Author Nathan Bransford: http://blog.nathanbransford.com
         Platform Building Campaign Author Rachael Harrie: http://rachaelharrie.blogspot.com

         Reader/Reviewer’s blog: http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com
         Writer’s Digest Editor blogs: http://www.writersdigest.com
        
   
Should you blog? If so, what about?
  • Other platform venues: FB, Google+, Linkedin, Tumblr, Goodreads, etc.
  • Be positive, polite in posting and handling comments.

Is Twitter only for twits and social butterflies?
  • Power of organization: Use lists to create groups, #hashtags to search
  • Power of cross-promotion in 140 characters (proof is on line below the tweet):
         When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep. 
         #OPENMINDS @susankayequinn #SF #YA avail NOW http://bit.ly/SKQOpenMinds
         http://www.susankayequinn.com/2011/11/in-which-blogosphere-rocks-my-world.html
    
         INDIE CHICKS is out and I'm in it! #IndieChicksAnthology http://amzn.to/uMKVMT
         Proceeds  go to #Charity
         http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/ 
  • Twitter basics:  Use mention vs. DM to welcome followers, block & report spammers
Social media lifecycle humor: avoid getting recycled before you turn into gold:

         http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/208153/20110903/john-locke-author-secrets


Feel free to ask questions and leave comments because I know everything isn't self-explanatory. I learned too many things the hard way and I would rather share my knowledge than let the same things happen to you. Thanks for visiting! 

2 comments:

  1. Great post. Very informative. Thanks for posting it.

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  2. Nice article about social media. thanks for shearing it. keep it up.

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