I've finished revisions of A DADDY FOR LUKE (Summer 2013) and will send it off to my editor. I'm taking a few days off from writing before getting back to my novella wip, and trying to learn more about Social Media. So that's the subject of today's Writing Tips. Maybe it should be Wednesday Writing and Promotion Tips.
Social media puzzles the heck outta me. And I know it's an important tool for promotion, especially for indie authors. So I was happy when I saw the announcement on Savvy Authors Web site of the publication of Annie Seaton's book Promotional Tips and Tricks for Aspiring Writers in a Digital Landscape.
The following excerpt deals with blogging. Annie Seaton gives advice and tips for getting the most from your blog.
Many people blog and many authors blog, however you need to have a clear understanding of why you blog. A clear objective must drive all of your posts. Many [authors] who blog, believe it is not for promoting their books.
I would agree to a certain extent. A blog is not the right place for blatant promotion; however it is a mechanism for building your brand, which in turn will promote your books.
Building your brand is woven through the book tying several types of social media together.
She lists the challenges of a blog and gives advice for each one.
Some challenges of a blog are:
- Keeping your blog up to date.
- Standing out in a crowd
- Publicizing your blog
- Show passion for your craft
Blogs are only one of the social media she covers in her Tips and Tricks. She not only discusses ways to use different social media, but also how to combine them for effectiveness. It's a short book, to the point and without unnecessary fluff, so it won't take away too much time from your writing and promotion schedules. Annie Seaton includes lots of links with her examples.
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