They say an agent or publisher will google you as soon as they hear your name and are thinking of working with you. Social media has in some ways taken over our lives but for some this is a necessity if we want to pursue our carears. So, how do we get a social platform? This is getting a lot easier as most of us have either a computer, laptop, iPad, tablet, iphone or mobile that we can access these apps. I guess the most popular one is FaceBook, so make yourself a profile making sure never to lie about anything as someone will surely pick it up. True to life and interesting facts about yourself and your work, including pictures and places you will be going. One interesting fact I have discovered is that our readers love to see where we do our writing, this is for all the authors out there. You can also have an author page that people can like and you can show case all your publications.
Next we have Twitter, I find this takes a bit more time, in the beginning I was reading a lot of tweets but in reality you can only have a quick look and because I follow mainly authors, agents and publishers I will retweet anything I think is interesting and by retweeting you are getting the attention of the person that originally tweeted. I have kept most of my profiles on each social media the same so people get to know me. I would say that these two are the most popular and the ones you must have but there are others.
Here you have Instagram, where you post pictures of anything to do with yourself and your work. You will find that as you start following people you will see the same names but that’s ok as it is their friends that one day might notice you or your work and help you or buy your book.
Goodreads is the one that all authors and anybody with anything to do with books or publications should be on. You get to see the new releases first and you can put your name forward to read them and write a review before they are put up for sale. Your readers can see what you are reading as well as writing. Again keep it all personal but obviously not giving your full address or phone number. I created an email just for Nanny Cool and tend to give that out.
Pinterest, this is my favourite and could spend hours on here and never get bored. The idea is you create a board, give it a name and then look through hundreds of pictures and pick the ones you like and put them on your board. I have a lot of boards, for instance one on writing that I put all things to do with that on it.
You could have a board of your books, books you have read, your office. Two of my favourites are my wish list so you can put all the things you would like for birthday or Christmas and my childhood and all the things from those years, it takes you right back there with your memories.
We then have BlogLovin, which is basically a site full of blogs on every subject you could ever think of. Such interesting reading on some of them, most include photos as they are found to be read more and they are kept short so you don’t get bored with them.
You also have google that you can link into from your Google email. There is Linkedln but I find this is more for business people.
I have linked everything to my blog so every time I write a blog post it goes on every other social site that I have. When ever I share or post on FaceBook it automatically goes to Twitter. So it all cuts down on the time you spend on your social media platform.
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