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Social Media Common Sense: Write Books, Do What Works

Social Media Common Sense: Write Books, Do What Works

Do you spend too much time on social media? Are you more productive because of social media, or less?

Photographer Nick Fancher posted an interesting article, Why I Deleted All of My Social Media and 60,000 Followers.

He makes an interesting point:

…social media trains creatives to be inauthentic. At the least, social media trains us to stay within the lane of our “brand”.

Social media: cui bono?

If you feel that social media could be encouraging you to be something that you’re not, read Nick’s article, as well as the comments.

One of the comments made me giggle:

Good point and one that nobody seems to realize.

All those followers are not sending you nickels. They follow you because they want a “how to” on how to shoot like Nick or how to get 60K followers like Nick.

It’s a valid comment. I enjoy social media, but it can be a time sink. It’s vital to remember, cui bono? Who benefits?

Judging by Nick Fancher’s article, his social media presence boosts social media. It doesn’t provide sufficient benefit to him — it may even be destroying his creativity — so it benefits him to walk away.

Avoid the time sink: get on and get off social media

As I point out in Social Media For Writers: Increase Your Sales In 15 Minutes A Day, you can do all the social media you need or want to do in a short period each day.

Social media is valuable to many authors, because in an overcrowded marketplace, readers need to hear about your books. You can’t rely solely on your publication schedule.

If you guard your time on social media, a presence on selected social media networks boosts your advertising.

Social media danger: guard your mind state

As well as stealing time in which you could be writing, another danger of social media is your mind state. A writer told me recently that she’d unsubscribed from all her Facebook authors’ groups.

Cui bono, again. The groups depressed her, and she wasn’t writing.

We all suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out.) But as she said, if something happens which concerns her self-publishing business, she’ll learn about it anyway. If she isn’t gaining anything from those groups, she’s wise to unsubscribe.

Social media can be valuable as a promotional tool. It can be fun, too. However, if it’s not benefiting you, it’s time to rethink.

Social Media For Writers: Increase Your Sales In 15 Minutes A Day

Social Media For Writers: Increase Your Sales In 15 Minutes A Day

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You want to sell more of your writing. Chances are that you've tried social media, with minimal results. You believe that "social media doesn't work."

That's not so. It works, but you need to know how the huge social media networks, and the various advertising networks, operate to use them to your advantage.

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Self-Publishing Strategy Made Easy: How To Market Your Books In 15 Minutes A Day

Self-Publishing Strategy Made Easy: How To Market Your Books In 15 Minutes A Day

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Do you enjoy writing and publishing your books, but find that marketing them is a challenge? You're not sure what works, so your efforts are muddled, half-hearted, and inconsistent.

What if you could market in just 15 minutes daily?

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Resources to build your writing career

Check out Angela’s Writing Classes and Angela’s books for writers.

Book Marketing On Pinterest: 3 Fun Tips You Can Use Today

Book Marketing On Pinterest: 3 Fun Tips You Can Use Today

If you’ve got a blog which you’re using for book marketing, be aware that Pinterest is a great source of traffic. You may find, as many authors do, that Pinterest sends you more traffic than Google.

If you’re just getting started using social media for your books, you may find this post on book marketing on Twitter useful. My program, Social Media Copywriting And Graphics: Get Attention And Sell More, provides advanced strategies.

Book marketing on Pinterest: make it fun, and be consistent with your pinning

When I coach authors, I always suggest that they choose social media networks which are fun for them. I love Pinterest, but many authors prefer Facebook.

Your social media posts needn’t take much time, and consistency counts.

When you get started on a social media network, it takes time to build traction. That needn’t concern you; everything you do is cumulative.

1. Create a board for each book you’re promoting

Consider creating a “book board” for each book. Alternatively, create a board for the book’s genre, or category.

Create a board for your book

You can also create boards for your interests, as they relate to your books, as you can see from one of my boards, above.

Remember that Pinterest is social, so do repin others’ pins. Some successful Pinterest users have a formula for the number of promotional pins they pin, to promoting others’ pins. Do what works for you.

2. Join with other authors in your genre/ category for a group board

Group boards can be very useful; they can also be useless. Newer Pinterest users tend to join as many group boards as they can, without any intention of interacting on a board.

A tip: make your group board invitation-only, and populate the board before you invite others.

Once your genre/ category board is established, invite other authors, one at a time. Send each author a personal message.

mystery boards on Pinterest

Image: boards for mystery books.

3. Mix it up: get creative with your graphics

As well as posting your book covers, and inspirations for your characters, you can post:

  • Image of the location where your books are set;
  • Brief quotes from your book, added to appropriate images;
  • Snippets from book reviews, with an image…

One author was thinking ahead to promotional opportunities before she published her contemporary romance. She included recipes in the novel, then cooked the recipes, and posted wonderful images to Pinterest.

Book marketing on Pinterest: is it for you?

Much like Twitter, some authors adore Pinterest, others look on it as a chore.

If you’ve never used Pinterest, use the network for a couple of weeks first. See what other authors are doing on the network. Then use Pinterest with confidence.

Self-Publishing Strategy Made Easy: How To Market Your Books In 15 Minutes A Day

Self-Publishing Strategy Made Easy: How To Market Your Books In 15 Minutes A Day

eBook: $5.99

Do you enjoy writing and publishing your books, but find that marketing them is a challenge? You're not sure what works, so your efforts are muddled, half-hearted, and inconsistent.

What if you could market in just 15 minutes daily?

More info →
Blurbs Sell Your Books: Craft Irresistible Blurbs, And Sell More Fiction And Nonfiction Today

Blurbs Sell Your Books: Craft Irresistible Blurbs, And Sell More Fiction And Nonfiction Today

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Book Marketing Tips: 3 Low-Cost, Savvy Ways To Sell More Books

Book Marketing Tips: 3 Low-Cost, Savvy Ways To Sell More Books

My students tell me that the biggest challenge they have with book marketing is finding time to do it. Authors are busy, especially those authors who work a day job. Add children to the mix, and you end up writing in the marginalia of your life.

So how do you find time?

Book marketing: time, energy, and money

You need time to promote your books, as well as the enthusiasm for it — and the money, today. So I’m always looking for easy, fast, and low-cost marketing strategies for my students, and of course for me.

Try these tips; they work for my students, so they’re worth trying because they may work for you too.

First, a tip which concerns writing.

1. Many books from one idea: think smaller books and publish more often

In Self-Publishing Tips: How To Sell Books Without Marketing we pointed out:

Amazon doesn’t care whether you publish a book of 100,000 words or 2,000 words. I’ve been encouraging you to write and publish short stories, and short nonfiction too.

We’re on the cusp of 2019. I’ve developed my publishing plans already. If you’re still working on it, and mulling over what you’ll publish next year, consider adding shorter books to the mix.

Think in terms of novellas for fiction.

With nonfiction, think of “easy solutions.” It takes forever to research and write a nonfiction book of 50,000 words. Moreover, the market’s well supplied with them already, in many categories.

Consider short nonfiction.

Start by researching current trends in whichever categories of books you write. Then research trends and crazes in the news media. What movies are coming up which indicate a trend? (Movies set fashions.)

Take a risk, too. When an idea strikes, trust your intuition. Who knows, you may be in the vanguard of a brand new obsession. Rush to publication, and you may sell thousands of copies. (Remember the coloring book craze of a couple of years ago?)

2. Sell your books from your own website, and keep more money

When you sell your books via retailers they of course take a chunk of the profits. When you sell from your own site, you get to keep more money.

That’s a big benefit. Here’s another benefit: by slowly transitioning to “going wide” (publishing everywhere you can), and adding your own website to the mix, it gives you a chance to build community.

When they think “community”, authors tend to think “oh — a Facebook group.” Creating a Facebook group became popular once Facebook started restricting what appears in your news feed, because you get group postings in your feed.

BUT (and it’s a big, juicy but) when you tie your fortunes to a big company, it’s like swimming with a killer whale. Yes, the whale may play nice for a while, but sooner or later, you’ll be swiped to oblivion.

It’s a challenge to set up your own website. However, if you use a website creation company like Squarespace, you can set up an online store in minutes. And the big company takes care of all nuisance housekeeping tasks.

More and more authors are spending time and energy on their own websites. Consider whether it might work for you, going forward.

3. Build your community: reward readers who love what you do (and find new readers)

Authors are hopping onto Patreon too, to build their community of readers. They publish complete short stories on their Patreon blog, then publish the stories elsewhere. They also offer snippets from works in progress.

In 2019 and beyond, building a community around your author name will become imperative. Today, it’s a challenge to find your readers because audiences are so fragmented. The only way to get a wide reach is via advertising, and that’s becoming increasingly expensive, as well as taking lots of time.

Try out different book marketing strategies: test, to see what works for you

We all long for a magic bullet when it comes to book marketing. Unfortunately, no single strategy works for everyone. Nor does any strategy keep working forever, except for carrying on with your writing, while marketing.

Onward, ever onward. And do have fun with it all. 🙂

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Plan, Write, And Publish Serial Fiction In Four Weeks

Plan, Write, And Publish Serial Fiction In Four Weeks

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Why write serial fiction?

Everyone's busy today. A serial is by its nature, faster to write, and publish, than a novel.

It's a quicker read too, and many readers appreciate this. While a reader may hesitate before committing hours to a novel, he can read an episode of your serial in minutes.

If you’re a new author, a serial serves to introduce you to readers. A reader may not be willing to commit to a novel by a new author, but be willing to read an episode of a serial.

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Blurbs Sell Your Books: Craft Irresistible Blurbs, And Sell More Fiction And Nonfiction Today

Blurbs Sell Your Books: Craft Irresistible Blurbs, And Sell More Fiction And Nonfiction Today

eBook: $5.99

You can, when you discover the secrets of writing blurbs (book descriptions) which sell.

More info →
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Resources to build your writing career

Check out Angela’s Writing Classes and Angela’s books for writers.