I’m a bit of a Facebook junkie. I tried to “like” an email last week. I spent a good thirty seconds looking for the like button before I realized that Yahoo mail does not, in fact, provide such a function. But it wasn’t until I received my first publishing contract that I realized how large a role social media plays in publishing. I have a blog that’s just for me at lifebeyondexaggeration.com. I started that blog before I began submitting The Tethering. It was a way for me to tell all of the crazy stories about my life that people find hard to believe. I’m not saying I didn’t think of it as a way to build my author platform. The thought did cross my mind, but it was mostly for me.
But now I have this blog, too. A blog made for the specific purpose of showing the world that I am an author. I understand why that’s important. It makes me easier to Google, it gives me something to update every week on my author page, and it helps to spread awareness of my book. I have a Facebook page for author purposes, so people can like my author page and get lots of fun updates about the cover release for The Tethering and lots of other fun stuff. I even have a Twitter account. But I must admit that I don’t really understand the purpose of Twitter.
My publisher has a Twitter chat every Tuesday at 9pm Est using their @RomLitChat account. Every week, we log on and talk about heroines, or about getting published… whatever the week’s topic is. We all use the hashtag #RomLitChat, and it really is a lot of fun. You should join us sometime.
But other than the chat, I don’t really spend time on Twitter searching through tweets. I do tweet. I like tweeting, but I have trouble figuring out how to follow people. I click follow, but then they get lost in a sea of updates. I always feel like I’m missing something, some new book. Or some vital thing I should be doing on Twitter. I understand that the purpose is to have access to micro-blast advertising. Twitter is a great way to communicate with your audience, to give updates about yourself, your brand or your product. But how does one participate as an audience member?
What am I missing? Is there something else that I should be doing? I tweet, I scan, I leave and go play on Facebook. Leave me advice in comments, or why not tweet it to me @MeganORussell