In our writing group, we’ve often talked about how to get one’s work out there without becoming annoying. How can a person market his or her book, jewelry, or photography business without hitting people over the head? To be honest, I’ve actually hidden people who are hawking their wares on my Timeline. And yet, here I am trying to figure out how to advertise.
So far, I’ve used Facebook, LinkedIn, and Tumblr. I have a three (okay, four) blogs, an Amazon Author Central page, and a Twitter account. It’s time consuming and takes away from the hours when I could/should be writing. Last week I read an informative book entitled Let’s Get Visible that was extremely helpful. By the time I finished the book and followed some of the author’s ideas, the day was gone. Alas.
One of Gaughran’s suggestions was to have a blog. I already had three, but when I checked out his blog, I could see right away that it was related almost exclusively to his book. “Hmmm,” I thought. “That’s an idea I haven’t pursued yet.” So that’s when I created my fourth WordPress blog, www.jaynepbowers.wordpress.com. Will it work? Will it rustle up a little interest in the book? We’ll see.
Then there’s the frequent reminder to GET A WEBSITE, GET A WEBSITE, GET A WEBSITE. I had one on Yahoo, but it was so pathetically amateurish that I let it die a natural death. I’m too much of a tightwad to pay someone several hundred dollars to develop one for me so I registered for a course on website development through Ed2Go. Even for a person who has a WordPress background, it’s pretty daunting to me. Not to mention time consuming.
That’s enough venting for one day. It’s time to post this and do some writing. It just occurred to me that even if none of the social media stuff works, at least I’m learning some new skills. Plus, keeping up the blogs is excellent writing practice.
If you’re a writer reading this post, please share your ideas about the best way to market your work. What works for you? What doesn’t?