Tuesday is Interview/Guest Blog and Giveaway time! I am happy to have here today Author Eliza Gayle.
You can check out my review of book 1 in her Back Cougar series HERE!
Giveaway deets at the bottom of the post! =)
“I need my Social Media!
Social Media seems to be changing the way the world communicates faster than I can say “Let me twitpic this” and more and more authors have embraced the changes. And yes if you follow me on twitter you’ll see that I use twitpic to send out the most random pictures.
I love social media. If I had time I’d twitter all day and compete in facebook games as much as possible. Writing is such a solitary activity that social media has emerged not only as a promotional tool but something far more important. It’s our water cooler. We can sit in our home offices with not a soul in sight but with Twitter, a fellow writer, a reader, a family member or a celebrity is only 140 characters away.
A lot of articles get published about how authors can use social media in their promotional efforts and I don’t disagree but if you aren’t willing to engage with people it might not be the right tool for you. I started out by setting up a Facebook page and promptly forgetting about it. Of course nothing happened and I thought I hated it.
Twitter came along and I decided to check it out. I went from author wanting to promote to huge fangirl as I realized I could chat with authors who I admire and find more people to share my love of reading with. Take Goodreads for example. I don’t know a lot of people in real life who read the same kind of books I do, so Goodreads has become my bookclub where I get to share my thoughts on the books I’ve read and compare them to others.
I love checking in everyday and seeing what my online friends are reading or marking to read. My TBR list has grown exponentially but that’s okay because I’m having fun. Sure I hope that people will check out my books and enjoy them but first and foremost I am a voracious reader who can’t go a day without reading at least a few pages from a fiction novel.
The biggest challenge now becomes how to balance social media with the rest of life, particularly our work life. Writing books takes time and most experts will agree that the best thing an author can do for their career is to write the next book. So enjoy yourself on Twitter or Facebook by taking some time to get to know those around you but don’t forget it’s a public forum on the internet. Whatever you say will live there forever. J
I’ve heard a lot of comments lately on what is and isn’t appropriate for an author to say on their social media sites but I’d like to hear from you the reader.
When you follow an author what do you want to know and how much is too much?
Here’s where you can find me if you’d like to connect. (I’d love to hear from you!)
Thanks so much for coming over Eliza =)
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