The world of a writer can seem pretty exciting to an outsider. They must belong to an elite group, have a secret handshake, go to conferences, make all kinds of money 🙂
Yes, the list goes on.
And for a few of the really lucky ones, maybe this is true.
But for the vast majority of us, that’s not quite how it goes.
Instead, we plug away at our computers, desperate to get some words- any words- down so that we can say we did it, we made our word count.
Like that is the key to success.
In my experience getting the story onto the paper is only half the battle. It doesn’t matter how good you think your book baby is, if no one knows you’ve written it.
So how do you get the word out without alienating the very people you hope and pray will give your book a chance?
You need to break out of that little bubble of creativity you’ve wrapped yourself up in and enter the world of social media.
I know, words to strike fear in an introvert’s heart.
But, trust me, it’s easier than you’d think.
If you’re fairly new to social media I’d recommend you pick one and get comfortable there first. You don’t need to dive in. It’s all about what you’re comfortable with.
Open an account with your email and an easy to remember password, and you’re under way! Yes, it is that simple.
If you chose Facebook for experimenting and have gone through the steps to set up your profile (FB is very helpful with guiding you, so don’t worry) then you can go ahead and search for family and friends. There’s a little search box in the top left where you can add a name. Facebook will bring up a list of results and you can choose from there who you want to friend.
As you make new connections it’s a good idea to comment on posts that appeal to you, but try to remember the 3 no-no’s; race, religion, and politics!
Over time you will make friends with people who genuinely care about you and your books. Just remember it’s a two-way street; you have to give a little, to get a little.
I’ve made many valuable contacts since I began my writing career. Romance writers are a friendly, supportive, bunch who are more than ready to share their expertise with those who are new in the field.
That’s another great reason for getting comfortable with social media, it’s a learning platform of sorts. As you build your network, opportunities will occur that will benefit you and your career.
You just need to open yourself to the possibilities!
Thanks to Mimi Barbour and The Authors’ Billboard, I’ve been given the chance to participate in two amazing box sets this year!
First is Summer Heat-Love on Fire
16 All New Contemporary Romances from NY Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Authors.
Guaranteed to make your blood run hot. Passion, steamy nights, excitement, and suspense. Something to suit every reader’s taste. Grab a cool drink (you’ll need it!), find a hammock, and curl up for an unforgettable escape.
We’re having a party, and you’re invited!
Join us today, March 9/16 from 12pm EST for fun, games, and a Kindle Fire!
And you can pre-order Summer Heat from these retailers:
Google Play: http://bit.ly/1QVFyh8
Universal (Booklinker): http://myBook.to/SumHeat
BN UK: http://bit.ly/SuHBNUK
Summer Heat Release Party FB: http://on.fb.me/1ShLd0A
Then this fall we’ll be celebrating Christmas in style with twenty never before read novellas by best selling authors from The Authors’ Billboard.
The excitement has begun already with a fun, new contest:
Calling all Christmas lovers!
Do you love the music of the holiday season? If so, the Authors’ Billboard needs your attention! This coming 2016 Christmas, twenty of our authors—New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers—will be putting together a multi-author box collection of brand new, never before published stories to dazzle everyone, but we require your participation.
The theme of our bundle will be CHRISTMAS CAROLS. And we want to use YOUR favorite holiday songs. If you and your song title are chosen, one of the novellas will be dedicated to YOU.
Sound like fun? Please enter the contest by naming your special carols in the box below. You may enter as many times as you like. So what are you waiting for?
Here’s what the winners will receive:
1. Twenty winners will have his/her favorite song chosen as the title and possibly the theme for one of the novellas.
2. That particular story will be dedicated to the winner— twenty in total.
3. And the winners will receive a free copy of the box set (eBook only).
Ho, ho, ho! And good luck!
So as you can see, there are no strangers, just friends in the making 🙂