Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Navigating Social Media

by Mary Sutton / @mary_sutton73

So, most of my day today was spent revising, but I stumbled across this gem of a post from Jungle Red Writers - the ins and outs of social media.

If you're like me, things like Facebook and Twitter can be a total time sink, taking valuable time away from your primary goal - for me, writing fiction. For you it might be something else.

But if you're trying to sell something - yourself, a product, a service, or a book - what do you get told? "Have a social media presence."

For a writer, this is daunting (believe me). I mean, you wouldn't think writing a blog would be difficult - but it is. What's the difference between a Facebook fan page and a personal page? Why do I care? Should I be on Twitter or not? What about Pinterest? I have no idea what to do with Google+ - is that a problem?

It's enough to drive one mad, I tell you.

And that's if you're a published writer with, you know, actual books and stuff. What about poor, little old me? Just an unpublished gal hoping to break into the big leagues (or even the minor leagues) some day. Write a newsletter? Why would anyone care what I have to say?

But I have to break that train of thought because if I'm hoping to sell my stories, I must believe that someone wants to read my words. And words are just words. They are all stories in some way, shape or form. So if I can't see a story in a newsletter, how do I sell it as a novelette?

So for the first time, I think I have a plan. I'm concentrating, for now, on Facebook and this blog. Yeah, I'll still be on Twitter, but I find that more useful for making professional connections, not selling things. And look for a newsletter soon - just as soon as I figure out what to say and how to say it.

For now, if you haven't, toodle off to my Facebook author page and give me a "like" - pretty please with sugar on it?


  1. Mary - I hear you. It's all I can do to keep up with my writing my blog, and reading and commenting on the blogs I follow. I never started Twitter, although I know I'll have to eventually, and I'm scrapting my Facebook aithor page and starting over because the settings are all messed up and FB won't let me fix them. Good luck on your plan. I'll be watching for the grand unveiling.

    1. I actually never thought I'd like Twitter - but I have met so many people through it, people I never would have met otherwise. It's actually the media outlet I enjoy the most, although I'm trying to ramp up my Facebook page. I keep hearing that author websites are going away in favor of Facebook pages. I actually hope that's true, because I am not thrilled with the idea of redoing my website! Pinterest is the one that overwhelms me. I'm interested in the concept, but it seems like such a time sink.