Last time I wrote about developing a web presence that doesn’t look like you’re trying to sell your book so that when you do publish people will buy it. Since then I’ve done a lot of reading on the subject.
There are many blogs about creating this web presence. Essentially, they all give the same advise: Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog. They varied in the way they put it into action but the message was consistent. Also, you are to blog to those who will buy and read your books.
I’m writing Christian Historical Romantic Fiction. I read the genre and God has given me stories and characters to write about. The goal is to show concepts of living as God instructs us in the Scripture. BUT! I’d find it extremely boring to only write about Christian Historical Romantic Fiction. Maybe they mean to write about issues that readers of the genre care about. Define that. The people I know who read romance of any type are as varied as the people who read other genre.
I read a series of blogs intended for those like me who haven’t Twittered or Facebooked much. She did a very good job explaining the basics. It helped me understand Twitter better. I’m sure I’ll return to the articles several times for her instructions.
Then things got a little weird, at least to me. Remember, we are to develop a web presence to get our names out there so people will not realize we are trying to sell them our books.
This article said to send a Twit, no that’s not right, a Tweet every ten minutes. WHAT??? Every ten minutes??? But that’s not hard. Buy some program and you can set up a bunch of tweets and have them sent on a schedule. Create different lists of people so they can be sent different tweets and enough of them so they can be used over.
I’m sorry honey, you just lost me. I’m one of those people who don’t want the cute email forwards sent to me. They go in the trash super fast. I do, if they want you to send them on and back to the sender to show you care, send it back, but not on to others. I sure don’t want tweets every ten minutes, especially canned ones.
I also went to the website of Romance Writers of America. They have done customer surveys and published the results. Here’s the link. What I found interesting is the chart detailing “Activities That Do or Do Not Interest the Romance Buyer.” If you go to the sight you can see, there wasn’t much interest in the web presence the first seven months of 2011.
Now, where do I focus my writing energies? I’ve decided that although I agree it’s good to have a website and blog (writing is always beneficial to a writer), I’m going to put more emphasis on writing my books. I'll blog and Twitter some, read, and review books as my web presence. I think that will be enough without an all out blitz. Who knows, I may even gain a following doing it that way.
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