|Bug Stuff... and Other Stories|
As authors, we write or create something, and we want to share with the BIG WIDE WORLD. But how?
I've collected a few tips to ease your way:
1. In each blog, there should be buttons for Facebook, Twitter, Goggle+ and more to click on. When you do, an automatically generated blurb appears. Use this! Send our happy camper to Facebook (you can send to multiple pages, too). And remember on Facebook to intrigue readers by beginning your post with a question. That gets more visibility.
Don't forget to use other buttons and forward our camper to Google+ , LinkedIn, Stumble Upon, Twitter, and a whole variety of others.
Author and fellow Plotting Princess, Michelle Miles, recommends a Jetpack plugin called "Publicize" to have it go out to Google+, Twitter, and Facebook when it's published.
2. Copy your post with link on your Facebook page. In most cases, a picture from the blog will appear as well--which makes your post more desirable. Again, remember to begin the post with that all important question.
On Facebook, you can share on other pages you are an administrator on. This is very desirable. Click share, find pages you manage from the drop down menu, click on the appropriate page, and post.
3. Take that just posted text, which includes the link and copy, and paste onto your writer group pages on Facebook. You do belong to other groups—right? They want to know your good news, and in a lot of cases, they might share the link with their friends. Sharing is a good thing.
4. Do you belong to a Tribe in Triberr? Consider signing up and have your RSS feed automatically networked (check Networked Blogs) to the tribes where your mates will share the twitter post.
5. Do you have a Twitter manager like Tweetdeck or Hootsuite? If so, create an @mentionyourname column. You can edit and retweet your tweets throughout the day. Easy peasy. Just avoid being spammy.
Have you considered setting up columns for your friends and other organizations? Do it! You can retweet from there, too. And I'm betting a lot will reciprocate. And while we're at it, try saying thank you to a new follower or someone who tweeted your tweet. Nice is always appreciated.
One note about tweets: try to tie it to reader emotion. You want the reader to respond to your tweet. A generic tweet is ignored.
6. Still using Yahoo groups? I do, and whenever I blog, I share the post and the relevant link with those groups. After all, you do want some commentors!
It does help to begin your subject line with your name and an intriguing title for your post. Even a post ending in a question can hook someone. Be fun and playful.
7. Create a tweet and ask your friends to tweet for you. Be sure to include relevant hashtags ( # ). Just don't overdo.
8. Join a tweet group which posts daily tweets and retweets for each other. And if you do, abide by the rules.
For example: via @VickiBatman Hate to squish bugs? Bug Stuff and other stories coming soon. http://vickibatman.blogspot.com #agroup #amwriting #indie #ebook.
Remember: 140 character limit. So you might want to sign up with Bitly (https://bitly.com/ ) and make that link smaller, thus having more characters for the tweet.
Aside: I just tweaked the above tweet and added my Bug Stuff cover and it looks fantastic!!!
9. Are you a member of Google+ ? It's becoming the newest thang! In Google+ you group your friends. Alisha Paige, writer and Plotting Princess, says to remember to use the Public button so your post goes out to new friends.
10. Are you on Goodreads? If so, your blog can be RSS fed to your page.
11. Are you on Author Central? If so, your blog can be linked to your page.
12. Lots of your sites will allow you to set up your twitter stream. Go to Unstoppable Heroes to see Kayelle Allen's: http://kayelleallen.com/blog/
13. Join Marketing for Romance Writers and use their street team. It's free to members!
The cyber world changes constantly, and just when you think you have it down, something new will pop up. Perhaps, these tips will prove useful to you.
Do you have any tips you'd like to share?
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Bug Stuff... and Other StoriesAmazon http://amazon.com/Stuff-other-stories-romantic-comedy-ebook/dp/B00HPA8PVY
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Vicki Batman has three men in the house and often muses why God did that to her.
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