There are many ways to get noticed as a new author.
I have taken the advice of my publishers and joined all the social media platforms that are available; the latest being Bookbub. I think this is one of the ways of getting your name out there and showing that you are a serious, committed author whose only job is to reveal to the www (world-wide-web) that you exist and that you believe in your work. Well, you have spent hour upon hour writing your opus, living and talking to your characters (Dickens did that), and you’re just busting to share your story (novel, memoir, non-fiction book) with as many readers as possible. Of course this takes time, but if you have a WordPress blog and write little articles (like moi) you will find that your posts automatically go to many of the social media sites. eg. Your Facebook author page, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Goodreads, but not Instagram (as yet). Don’t worry if no one is reading your blog, they will soon see your six little gems as book marketing prompts. In other words, someone is seeing your effort /article somewhere! The trick is to make your posts eye-catching!
The do’s and don’ts of joining all social media platforms.
1. Do connect with as many writing/writers/authors/bookstores/publishers/writing centres as possible across all channels. You’ll be amazed when nice people connect with you.
2. Make your Author Facebook page public, but keep all other info private. Discover your “settings” section and spend time on keeping your private life, private.
3. Add your blog to Facebook, but don’t add your birthday, your email or mobile number.
4. INSTAGRAM – Do find ways of posting snippets from your novel. I send a .pdf to my mobile phone, download it to Acrobat Reader and then take a screen shot of my small paragraph. The beauty of Instagram is you can include colour or a filter. You can scan a page, but honestly it’s not the same or as clear.
5. Do check that your blog posts have gone to everything. And it doesn’t hurt if you repeat the post.
6. Do join Goodreads as an author. Post up your bio, and your book(s), connect with other authors, (start following them), write a few reviews yourself on books that you like and are amassing on your bookshelf. They don’t have to be long or in depth, but hey you’re a writer so get cracking!
7. Do join Pinterest and Tumblr but don’t waste time on these sites until your book is published. Again connect with like-minded members, but you will notice that there are literally “thousands” of people on these sites.
8. Do make all social media public, but my advice is learn to control your “settings” in all of them, otherwise you get the time-wasters and whackos if they can DM you. DM stands for Direct Message / Private Message.
9. Do write ‘from the AUTHOR’ in every birthday/get well/ bon voyage greeting card to your friends. They’ll get it!
10. Don’t bore your family with your recent successes, they don’t understand how buzzed you really are. Only other writers understand! That’s why it’s good to belong to a writers group/ centre.
More to come….