In these last recent weeks I’ve been upping my presence on the various social media, Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and the blogs, to start building my loyal fandom. I hate using those terms, but it’s the truth. I’m out in the social media world to seek people who like my writing so when the time comes they will buy my work. That’s not the only goal, I’m also out working the internet to find other writing kindred spirits and build a virtual community of talented people with whom I can support and build relationships.
I look through my Twitter and Facebook feeds to find interesting stuff to read, not to find the next book I want to buy. When I find things I like, I love to retweet and help get the word out. If I read a great blog post I’ll tell my tweeps as well. Problem is, I have to sort through literally hundreds of “buy my stuff” posts to find these little gems.he #1 thing I’ve noticed about fellow authors is an amazing amount of self promotion. This by itself is not a bad thing, in fact I’d be surprised if a published author didn’t try to promote their books when logistically possible. However, there are limits. I’m getting very annoyed with tweeters, facebookers, and even bloggers (though to a lesser degree), who only use social media to promote their work. All of their tweets are advertisements for their latest work. Each Facebook post screams, “BUY MY STUFF, PLEASE!” Ladies and gentlemen, if I want to be solicited to I’ll take my phone number off the “Do Not Call” list. I don’t want people to sell me stuff, I want to connect with interesting people.
There is a theory that says, all an artist needs to be successful are 1000 loyal fans. By loyal I mean fans that already like you and your product. If your social media is stocked with these people and you are providing things that they find interesting, then they will send the word out to their friends. Say you tweet a quote from your book (which is far more interesting than telling us it’s on Amazon) and of your 1000 loyal followers, 300 chose to retweet it to their friends. Lets say they each have 600 tweeting friends, that’s 180,000 possible people who might see your quote. And if even 1% are interested then that’s 1800 people that might want to be your friend as well.
Let’s sum up. Stop spamming. For every blatant sales pitch there should be at least five, if not more, interesting tidbits that make me want to like you. I want to like you, please stop spamming me!
Now go make friends people!
By the way, if you haven’t had the time to friend/follow/whatever me, here are all the links! 🙂
My Other Blog (now featuring actual fiction!) http://jodilmilnerauthor.wordpress.com/
Did I miss any?