Social Media

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When Ryan turned two, he would hold up both of his pointer fingers and say, “Three thumbs up!”
Now at almost three, when he gets excited about something he yells, “Rock star!” I have no idea where this came from, or for that matter, where most of what he says comes from. He has quite the sense of humor and I foresee him being the “Class Clown”. Uh oh….

Social Media
Let me give you an overview of what I have found to be the most important piece of information I can give. No matter what avenue you decide on, forming an incredible author’s platform is the absolute most important. It’s soooooo important. It must be started NOW. What is an author’s platform? For each writer it needs to be suited to their own individual wants. For instance, you want to pick at least two social media sites. For me, I prefer Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads. I also have chosen to start a blog. My blog automatically posts notifications to my Twitter and Facebook when published. This gets your name out there. It also will email anyone who signs up for my blogs email notifications on my home page. It’s all about making connections. The community I have chosen for my website is WordPress.com. It allows me to connect with other writers and authors and the ability for us to share each other’s blogs and links with each other’s friend lists. This in turn will create more contacts and followers in the writing community. And remember it’s not all about you! It’s really all about reciprocity. It’s important to follow others bloggers, Facebook and Twitter sites and share their links, posts and blogs. Scratching each other’s backs allows you to spread your writer’s wings. Researching and sharing from others bloggers sites not only helps both of you in this respect, but you can learn from each other too. And in this ever changing publishing world, that is extremely important. So not only do I have to write stories, illustrate, write blogs, work on Goodreads, comment and answer questions, but I also need to research constantly for blog content and share others information on the social media sites I have chosen. Remember not to bite off more than you can chew! Start small and work your way up. The worst thing you can do is pick a ton of avenues to work with and get so overwhelmed that you quit. With that comes to my next “work in progress”, setting a schedule. I have a day to day schedule set up, but I’m sure as I get rolling that will change. I need to stay flexible and find out what works for me. So set a schedule for your work and as you go along you will find the best way to approach it. But you have to just start!
Your author’s platform should be started ASAP. Do not wait until your book is ready for editing! The sooner you start, the more connections you will make. Then, when it’s time to publish, whether traditional route or indie, you have a following. This is key. To hear more on author’s platforms, please see Joanne’s podcasts and interviews. Some that I have found extremely helpful are:
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2009/03/30/podcast-roger-c-parker/
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2009/04/28/podcast-seth-harwood-podcasting-platform/
Have a wonderful day everyone!

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