So you want to write.
And so you do.
You publish one book…
and then you publish another…
The professionals said to start a Blog. It will be good for your image and will brand your name. Others will follow. So you do, and all is good, because if nothing else, you at least get some writing time in with a blog. Now answer your comments and follow and comment on other blogs. Consistency is the key here.
Somewhere you read about Author Central. You need an Author page on Amazon. Every author has one. People will follow. Now you have one too. Add your bio with a picture. Link to your Blog. Add your books and there you have it. Keep it updated.
But don’t forget that Author Facebook page. It’s the tops in social media. Everyone loves Facebook. People will like, they say. They will follow. So you start a page, add pictures, publish posts, and become a presence. And all those people did LIKE and follow. Link to your Blog. Don’t let this site get stale. Tune in often with the times of your life.
LinkedIn looks interesting. Of course being a writer and publishing books is a business. Treat it as one. Link to your Blog. Add your presence to LinkedIn. Another bio, another profile picture, and another way to promote those books.
Don’t stop now. There is tweeting in the air. Get on top of that Twitter account you opened because it’s all the rage, and a perfect way to advertise your books. Another bio with another picture. Link to your Blog. You tweet. They tweet. Everyone follows everyone. Twitter is one big happy family.
Goodreads keeps popping up all over the place. Have you joined Goodreads? Now’s the time. Open an account. Don’t forget that bio and profile pic. Add what you are currently reading and some books you want to read, some books you have read, and some you haven’t. Join some communities, and make yourself known. Review some of your favorites books. Add your published books and apply to become a Goodreads Author. Yet another presence to put out there to folks! Keep that site updated and current… and don’t forget to link your Blog.
If you look closely at all those social media networking sites up there they all have one thing in common.
THEY ALL LINK TO YOUR BLOG!
It takes time to read, comment, write a few posts, do some networking, market your books, and leave your brand out there for all to see. It takes more time to keep all those sites updated. So what do you do? Which social media network do you push more? Since they are all linked to the blog, you can read a post from the blog from any of your social media sites. Sure you love to see those numbers rise in the amount of followers on your blog. The comments are great and the likes keep you posting regularly. Are those Blog numbers more important than the numbers on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc.? You choose. Time is quickly running out.
Now that all the I’s have been dotted and all the T’s have been crossed, how much time do you actually have left in the day to write on that new book you started? If you are like me, not much. You fit in a couple of pages here and a few pages there and hope it all meshes together.
You can pick up a copy of my new non-fiction book,
‘Coffee-Drunk Or Blind’, here.
And you can find my fiction book, ‘Crossing The Line’, here.
One day soon , I hope to have another book on this list. Time permitting!