The Only Three Social Networks I Need

social-media-seo-logosI have profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Blogger, Shelfari, Goodreads and many others whose names escape me. I’ve spent time on Kboards, KDP Community Forums, Yahoo Groups and again, many other forums with long-forgotten names. I’ve posted ads for my books on Craigslist as well as multiple other free online classified sites. And, in between all that I’ve written some new books. Eighteen months ago it became too much so I made some decisions. I knew I had to pare down my efforts and decide which sites were working for me and I had to eliminate the ineffective time drainers. So, I determined which three sites were the platforms that would help me connect with readers. I ignored the ones that weren’t working and I found the ones that worked. For me. Continue reading

Kindle Promoter, or No, I Couldn’t Have Just Seen That…

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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

Three Changes to Help Indie Authors and Publishers

New changes in YouTube, Facebook and TwitterSocial 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

Hashtags 501 (The Graduate-Level Course)

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

Social Media and Social Graces

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