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Use Google+to Help You to Network and Sell Your Book

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Social media can help you to write and sell your book. If you’ve been using Twitter, and are frustrated with the 140 character limit to your tweets, you need to investigate Google+.

I’m by no means a Google+ expert. However, I’ve started recommending Google+ to writers who are too nervous to blog.

This article, How to Use Google+ as an Author Platform, does a great job in showing you what Google+ can do for you:

“Two strengths make Google+ an outstanding tool for increasing the visibility of your work:
Ability for your writing to get found through Circles and Social Search
No maximum length of your Google+ posts
That makes Google+ a strong promotional vehicle for your writing, whether you have a blog or not. While I strongly suggest that all writers have their own blog, in my experience, it’s a huge technical hurdle for many to overcome. The good news is that if you don’t have a blog, Google+ serves as a beautiful blog substitute.”

Publish Your Book on Twitter: Another Way to Get Known

I asked whether you should publish your book on your blog, yes or no? It’s definitely a viable option, if you want to get known quickly.

Now here’s someone who’s taken online publication about as far as it can go.

In Tweeting an Ebook: “Take Control of Your Paperless Office” , Joe Kissell describes publishing an entire ebook on Twitter, tweet by tweet:

“But how do you shred an ebook? It’s easy: rip it into 140-character strips and feed it to Twitter! “

I can’t imagine doing that manually (or even at all); he’s using a script.

It’s a fascinating experiment. You may not want to go to such an extreme, but you certainly could post excerpts of your book to Twitter to build your readership.

Sites like Twitter and Facebook can help you to write and sell your book

Want to sell your book? When you write a book, selling it starts as soon as you get the idea. You need to build your audience. Do that while you write, and you’re golden. (One of the easiest ways to build an audience is by blogging.)

Blogging is a form of social media. You interact with your audience, and as your network grows, your opportunities grow.

There are many social media sites, and while you’re writing your book, you need to become active on at least one or two of them.

Book Marketing Bestsellers: Promoting and selling your books to a worldwide audience. The Book Promotion Blog! suggests:

“Use Twitter to find a journalist to target for your book/niche. Search for journalists on WeFollow and search.twitter.com. Listen to what they are tweeting about, Retweet them and get noticed. Build a relationship and then pitch. You can also set up a Twilert for your niche topic and you will receive a daily email with who is talking about it. Join the conversation and get noticed.”

As a writer, sites like Twitter and Facebook are invaluable to you, but only if you’re aware of them.

How to use social media while you’re writing a book

While you’re writing, build your audience. Please realize that you build your audience one person at a time. If you understand this, publishers will love you. 🙂

You can also use social media to research and get insights for your book — find experts to interview. Whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, the social media sites make it easy to find experts.

How to use social media to sell your book

If you become active on the social media while you’re writing, you’ll find it easier to sell your book, even before you finish it. You can find literary agents, and acquisitions editors on the social media sites — or I should say, they’ll find you.

Self-publishing? The social media build your audience, so that you get more sales.

Befuddled by Twitter? You’ll be amazed at how many writers, editors, agents and buyers of your writing use it

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