This week has been very heavily about establishing myself as an author and promoting my book. It has been strangely hard work. Today, for example, I've been in front of my laptop or phone for most of the day but I feel like I haven't achieved anything. I have finally taken the plunge and set up a Facebook profile. This is something I've been avoiding for years now. As I've said here before, I'm normally quite introverted so sites like Facebook don't really suit me. Add to that the constant drama that you hear about and it's always seemed like a bad idea for me. So, what changed me mind?
Everything I read about building a platform and finding your audience talks about Facebook. The site has become to prevalent, that people all seem to just assume that everyone is on it and they'll be able to find you there. The last thing I want is to put off potential readers because I'm not there.
I have also joined Goodreads and Reddit. In my mind, I'm already feeling overwhelmed by all of the anticipated social interaction.So, I need to come up with some sort of social media strategy. That's next on my list of things to do.
I'm very lucky because my husband has offered to help out with this side of things. He's happy to keep an eye on my social media accounts and make sure that they're updated appropriately. I think he might be hoping I'll hire him as my assistant!
If you are on any of these social media sites, please feel free to follow me there, it would be lovely to connect with you.
I plan to be posting here again in a couple of days with some behind-the-scenes information on my writing process, I hope you'll join me for that.
How do you use social media? What are your favourite sites and why?
P.S. This morning I wok up to see that my funding had jumped from 15% to 26% overnight due to the incredible generosity of my parents. If you're reading this, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.