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I go there to promote myself, but tend to get caught up in commenting on other's posts, playing games, and trying to avoid arguments.
When I first became an author, publishers pushed you to have your own website, myspace page, and even a monthly newsletter so you could better connect with readers. Now there are so many authors using social media, I'm wondering if I'm just lost in an ocean of blurbs and covers. Is there a more efficient way to get your work in front of an audience?
Over the years, my newsletter turned to a blog...this one, which I appreciate much more because I can share issues on a daily basis if I wish, and if someone leaves a comment, I can respond...which puts me more in touch with visitors.
When Rita Karnopp joined me as a partner, the variation of posts helped grow our popularity. I stuck more with relying on guests to help keep my weekly features going, and Rita, tended to publish helpful tips and hints about writing. Sadly, Rita is retiring from blogging, but I'm lucky to have snagged Jamie Hill. I wonder what type of posts she has in mind for us.
Anyhow...I've made it my mission each day to share our posts on FB, Twitter, Pinterest and Google. Whether or not it helps with sales, I'm not sure, but I do know one thing...if you don't keep your name out there, you'll be lost in the sea of every growing authors.
Twenty years ago, when I started writing, people who read and reviewed my books were only readers, and now years later, they have become authors as well. Finding a place that will review your work requires twice the effort it once took. I'm not sure what to make of that. I recently read an exchange on Facebook between two reviewers, and they talked about how boring blurbs have become. Sometimes authors don't have much recourse, but my publisher has always told me that you should strive to snag the interest of the reader. I thought I was doing that, but my books don't seem to get reviewed on the major sites I used to count on. I don't think I'm boring. *lol*
Back to Facebook. I've given up Myspace, Linked In and yahoo groups and moved with the times. Linked In doesn't seem like a good fit, and I don't understand how people who don't even know you can "endorse" you for talents in certain areas. I'm about to surrender my website because of the costs involved because I feel I can get the same coverage on my blog and share the same information. I'm sad to let http://www.gingersimpson.com go, but only because there is a bit of myself in the design since I did the website myself.
Is it just me, or did everyone give up reading yahoo groups? Some authors have even gone "digest" on their author's loops. That, to me is a sad testimony of fear to participate in a group. I can say that because it's happened to me. I have too little time left on this earth to worry about being singled out for daring to ask a question. I swore I would never go digest on such an important loop, but... Okay...rant over.
Twitter seems to be helpful only to those popular folks who are trending. I belong to Triberr, but I'm not sure all the effort I put into sharing everyone else's post is helping me. I'm so confused!
I guess what I'm wondering...are we authors really spinning our wheels? Every day, FB is saturated with shares from authors about books coming, new, and old. Is there a secret to making people want to read your books to find out what type of author you are? Does posting every day to FB make people excited to read your work or bore them to tears? Do people even read our tweets?
I rearely get comments, but I'm hoping for some today. Please share your thoughts. I've always followed the rule that if you don't keep your name in the public eye, you'll disappear. What do you think?