Thursday, October 6, 2011

Networking

As I delve deeper into the world of social media, I realize how important networking is. Whether I get published traditionally or I self-published digitally, I need to market my work.

I'm not sure how you guys feel, but I find marketing really hard. Putting yourself out there, trying to make a sale. It's not really my style. But I know it's vital if I want people to read and enjoy my stuff.

I am having fun with the networking thing though. Facebook is great, blogging is super fun when I have something intelligent to say :) I'm still trying to get a handle on Twitter, but I'll get there :)

I love getting new followers and following other people. It's fun to surround yourself with like minded people who have a passion for writing, story telling and reading.

I have a lot more work to do, to keep building this social media world around me.

What do you guys do?
What's your favourite thing about social media?
How do you get yourself out there and noticed?

Hope everyone is having a great week :)

4 comments:

  1. ...thanks to such modern conveniences as Blogger and FaceBook, marketing has become far easier than it used to be.

    What's worked best for me, however, is a good old fashioned book signing. Whether at your local library, with an accompanied read of your first chapter, or at the neighborhood indie store, the best way of selling your story is by getting out there and personally handing out signed copies to potential readers.

    I sold more books during one quiet evening in July, signing copies and chatting with anyone willing to listen, than the past entire month of advertising on Facebook.

    Something to consider ;)

    El

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  2. That's cool.
    Thanks :)

    Good luck with the rest of your tour :) I like the contest you're running.

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  3. You actually hit on it yourself, Melissa--make friends and connections. Be authentic, start a conversation... it's about (and always has been about) the thread that connects you to your readers.

    The other fabulous marketing tool? Write another book ;) And another. Keep going. Don't stop to market, do it at the same time as your next project. It's so worth it.

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  4. Great advice, Patti - Thanks. I already have my next two projects brewing. Love the brewing stage :)

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