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
         INDIE CHICKS is out and I'm in it! #IndieChicksAnthology http://amzn.to/uMKVMT
         Proceeds  go to #Charity
  • Twitter basics:  Use mention vs. DM to welcome followers, block & report spammers
Social media lifecycle humor: avoid getting recycled before you turn into gold:


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! 


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

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


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