I can honestly say that about 3 months ago I did not visit Facebook all that often. While school, my research for several papers and a history conference took a large amount of my time, the remaining sparse hours was centered around the release of “The Forgotten Spell” in Legends of Green Isle series. After the release, I sat in amazement as I held my paperback in my hand and could not stop smiling, ooohing and awwwing.
Then after the glow wore off, I found I was a little lost on what to do next. It was by chance that I happened to stumble upon an article about social networking and marketing yourself. It suggested that in today’s world, many authors need to rely on themselves to get the word out about their works. I decided then that I needed to delve further into other forms of social networking after reading this article, because I realized that according to the author’s format, I am basically anti-social in the internet social networking realm. By concentrating a little more on Linkin, a professional website which host groups for writers, and then opening a Twitter account, I found a whole new world out there that I never realized existed. While I have tried not to be the social butterfly by staying on at all hours, I have enjoyed talking to new friends. It is a necessity for those who want to promote and market their books to make some connections with other like-minded individuals. Not only that, but it is a way to find other outlets for promoting yourself by way of seeing what other writers, authors and artists have tapped into and following their leads.
I have learned a great deal from Twitter by reading articles and blogs posted by those who I am following. This has led to other fun adventures of short story submissions and a collaborative venture that I hope will turn out well. So my recommendations to newbies just like me - is never be afraid of social networking. It will offer lots, but most importantly it offers new friends.
Happy Writing All!