Writing doesn’t have to be a lonely endeavor. Join us for the Indie Block Party to meet your writing “neighbors.”
Participants will have the opportunity to share a little about themselves and their writing, while getting to know the other like-minded crazies that make up the Indie Writing World. Week 1
Day 1: Introduce Yourself
Day 2: Introduce your WIP
Day 3: Interview one of your Characters
Day 4: Interview one of your Neighbors (not your real neighbor…the one who signed up on the linkey after you 😉 )
Day 5: What are you reading?
Day 6: Top 5 books
Day 7: Share your most helpful writing tips
Day 8: Share your most helpful social media & networking tips
Full instructions are available at The Peasants Revolt or Dawna Raver’s blog.
I wanted to start by thanking Fel and Dawna for hosting a great Indie Block Party. I had fun sharing a little about myself and my work and meeting other indie writers.
The best social media tip I can offer anyone who wants to create an online platform is be consistent and watch how the greats do it.
By greats, I mean:Alex J. Cavanaugh – Blogfest Master, he makes networking seem effortless. Marcy Kennedy – Writing instructor and Twitter expert Kristen Lamb – Social media guru and creator of Wana International Felicia Wetzig – website therapist The bloggers of NA Alley The bloggers of Wise, Ink
These people are super supportive and are doing it right.
Share with me your favorite social media and networking tips.
15 thoughts on “Indie Block Party – Post 8 – Social Media & Networking Tips”
My favorite Social Media tip: comment, comment, comment. Following and commenting on other blogs is what has made me learn about the industry more than anything else!
Katie, u are a great commenter. Haha. Keep it up.
You’re so right. The best way to build a following is to be a good follower.
I need to do better.
An idea for us all to aspire to.
Sydney, thanks! Some days I still don’t know what I am doing, but I try.
All you have to do is keep trying.
I’ve become kind of a social media slacker over the past year or so. Time is so limited! Best tip I can offer is to at least stay active as much as you can on a regular basis.
A Faraway View
I have noticted that the posts I do on my Facebook page get more reactions when they are about general things, then when I put a link up to my blog. A bit frustrating sometimes, as I spend a while writing a blog post, while just a random remark get more comment.
But I think the thing is to just keep grafting away at it all, while at the same time not forgetting to write a new book! 🙂
Yeah, that is the most important thing. The goal is to write the book. haha.
Sydney, l enjoyed getting to know you better! You are spot on with the advice, consistency is something I’m trying to work on…and following the greats and paying attention to what they do!
I need to work on it, too. It’s nice when I hear about people liking what I write.
See I follow a ton of authors on twitter and my feed is all book promotions. Nowhere is there anything about the author’s personal life. Granted, it’s about selling your book but to sell your book you need to make a name for yourself and you can’t do that by just tweeting book promotions. It’s boring. I am trying my hardest to tell a little about me. For example, last night I mentioned I wanted to do an audio book of my book at some point because I am visually impaired and I have friends who are visually impaired. They would greatly benefit from that. A few hours later I got a message from an author telling me about this organization that helps people who are blind/visually impaired. I wasn’t promoting my book in any way. I simply stated a fact about myself. My point of this post is, be yourself. Don’t just tweet or facebook book promotions. Like a comment above, the random comment gets more reactions then the blog. People want to hear about us as authors and not just about our books. Okay, that is my two cents.
Study the experts, this is a heuristic that applies across all domains.