There are a lot of things that make you go “Huh?” on the Internet. Just leave your Safesearch filter off and do a search. Sweet Raptor Jesus! Sorry, hadn’t seen that before. But when you get into book promotions, things can get even weirder very quickly. Such is the case of Kindle Promoter. That’s the Twitter handle. The associated website is titled “EBOOK PROMOTER -Promoting Ebooks All Over The World.”
At first glance, there’s nothing too out of the ordinary about this operation: A guy offers to tweet your book a certain number of times for a price. Standard social media setup. There are loads of testimonials from authors on the blog, so he must be doing something right, right? And there’s a list of all the tweets he’s doing on the side.
Until you get this li’l button on the menu bar: Continue reading
Social media platforms are always evolving. Here are two major changes that have occurred over the past few weeks that can help us as writers and publishers.
How many times have you posted to Facebook and later found a typo? Comments and likes have started to pile up, but you need to delete the post and start from scratch. You hate to delete it because you’ll lose the conversations. Fret no more. Continue reading
The other day, the EM asked me a whole bunch of questions about Twitter hashtags. I guess it was because I always use the two or three I know, so he thought I knew what I was doing.
I don’t, but I know someone who does. So I kicked his questions to Kriss Morton, who blogs as the Cabin Goddess and who, together with Kai Wilson, runs the Finishing Fairies publicist service and an author promotion group on Facebook called I Dance with Books.
Within minutes, I had more info about Twitter hashtags than I ever knew existed. So here you go: Hashtags 501, the graduate-level course. Continue reading
I like you, will you like me? Here’s my Facebook author’s page… And you’re all reading that sing-song style like that annoying purple dinosaur, right? Does it irritate you when you log into Facebook and find you have a message from someone who said they liked your page, and will you like theirs? To me, that’s SPAM. If you discovered my page through someone or some outlet (like the back of one of my books), that’s cool. There’s probably not a single author out there that would turn down a “like” on their fan page (unless it’s someone who is an ex, a stalker, or just plain creepy). But to ask for a reciprocal like just because they liked your page—that’s bordering on rude. Continue reading
Source: Piper Jaffray
We write about it all the time in these posts. As authors, we must diversify our marketing. Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and the copious amounts of other options all play a role in connecting with our audience. Sometimes, we focus on one platform or another and spend most of our time there. That’s not a bad idea, unless that becomes your only platform. Continue reading