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How Authors Should Sell Themselves, Not Their Work, On Social Media

Do you often feel you are pushing your wares and not real connecting with the world? Here are some great guidelines on how to connect with others by selling yourself! After that’s done, selling your book just falls into place! Thanks so much for the info!

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Everyone tells authors, “you should be on social media.” Well, to be honest, social media can be exhausting, and it has the propensity to be nothing but a time suck. There are SO many platforms to choose from. And SO many ways to do social media wrong.

Less common than, “Use social media,” but still pretty common, is the advice, “Don’t just try to sell on social media.” And that’s good advice. For sure, you should never, ever spam people who don’t even follow you with personalized tweets to buy your book, or notices that your work is on sale. Heck, just don’t send those messages ever. To anyone. (I’ve written before about why that is.)

I’ve been on social media for almost two years now. And I admit, lately I’ve let life interfere…

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About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

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  1. Interesting post, Elle. I am behind on absolutely everything at the moment. Trying to sell an apartment, buy an apartment, brokers, file my taxes…and all the while there is the nagging little voice “You haven’t posted the first of your two weekly blog posts yet…” like that’s more important than all of the other stuff! What’s up with that? I guess I don’t want to lose momentum in blogging. When something is virtual there is the idea that it could disappear into the ether so easily!



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