Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Social Media Shout-out

The second you think you might want to be a published author, you need to start using social media. 

Maybe, even before. 

What, you ask, is social media? It is only the very best way for a debut author to come out of obscurity or shine the light on yourself, if you will. If you aren't already using social media and don't know where to start, I've complied a list for you to click-through. 

Now you can sign-up for 9 different avenues to getting your name out there.
There are others, but these are the major ones out there.

Make sure you are signed up for each one and fill out your profiles for each. 

Some are more important than others and you should limit your time on them. Use them effectively and you will win. Spend all your time with them and you will get lost in the maze of social media. I spend no more than 1 hour a day on social media.

The top 4 are a must and the next two are pretty important. If you write non-fiction, get involved with linked-in for sure. The last 2 are extras, but you should at least have a profile on all of them.

Play around with each of them and get familiar with them, then, when you're ready to launch your books, you'll be a pro at social media and you'll be able to get maximum traction with your book. 

You will be in the light.


Suze Reese said...

This is a great article. I just read an article a couple days ago that suggested you don't worry about any promotion until you have three books ready to publish. But I guess that doesn't contradict this advice, since establishing yourself through social media and promoting your book through social media are two different things. For me, I've been doing no social media for two years (health reasons) So trying to establish a social media presence from scratch while launching a book at the same time is a bit overwhelming. I definitely recommend your method of getting started the minute you think you might want to publish. And an hour a day sounds good. I've been putting in several a day to get myself started, but I need to wean myself way back and get the manuscript turned into a book! Thanks for the tips!

Cindy M Hogan author of Watched said...

You are right on Suze. I had to do the same thing you're doing and it just gets to be too much. There's just not enough time in the day to do it all well when you are launching a book.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Great recommendations, Cindy. We just have to watch for the addictive qualities of social media. Unless, of course, we never want to write more than the one book.

Arlee Bird said...

I'm on a few of these and maybe I should sign up for more. For one thing I have found some of the sites difficult to figure out and get signed onto--maybe I'm just not tech savvy enough. Also, it gets confusing to keep track of all the things I do sign up for and there's not enough time in the day to do most of them adequately--at least that's how I see it, but maybe I need to approach things in a more methodical fashion. Right now blogging keeps me pretty busy.
I'm trying though.

Here’s a great piece of writing advice from Lani Diane Rich
Tossing It Out