Tag: social networking
Managing half a dozen social media profiles, a website, a writing life, and a life outside of writing can get tricky. But there are a few simple ways to tame the social media beast before it slips out of your control.
How to integrate your social media promotion with your website, for sanity's sake:1. Use social media widgets Displaying your Twitter and Facebook activity ON your website is a great way to alert readers that you’re engaged on those services, and to encourage them to follow you without even having to ask. 2. Use social media plugins and shortcodes
So here’s a checklist of social media musts every author should live by:1. Respond to every comment — Simple enough. Someone’s taken the time to engage with you; they deserve your attention. But when you get busy it’s easy to let those things pile up and go unanswered. If you don’t have time to personally reply to every Facebook comment or tweet, at least like/favorite them. 2. Make sure your website is social-friendly — Does your website make social sharing easy? If not, download one of the plug-ins that enables share buttons (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, G+, etc.). Don’t make someone have to do extra work to share your latest blog post, short story, or poem.
Twitter promotion tips for authorsTwitter is a great way to promote your book, allowing you to share bite-sized content with your readers across the globe. But Twitter can be tricky, too! It took me a few years to really fall in love with Twitter (many of those months spent ignoring it altogether), but now I prefer Twitter to Pinterest, Facebook, and all the other social media platforms I'd just as soon forget. If you’re new to Twitter, I want to help you hurry through the Twitter growing pains — so you can avoid wandering in the Twitterverse wilderness for months or years like I did. To that end, I’ve compiled some articles on Twitter promotion tips, etiquette, and more. Some of them are from CD Baby’s DIY Musician Blog, so they deal specifically with music promotion, but the same concepts can easily apply to books and poetry — just substitute the word "author" for "musician."
Q: What's the easiest and most effective way to promote your book, blog and brand? A: Let your fans do it for you. Your website should be the destination of all your social networking activity....