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Tag Archives: Building an online presence for writers
Are you a writer on Twitter because you’ve been told you need to be on there? Are you trying to establish “a social media presence” while not quite sure what that involves? One useful tool for making the most of Twitter is the list feature.
Twitter lists are great. I’ve got a few set up for industry professionals, close friends on Twitter, members of various writing groups and organizations, former students, and people in a variety of fields. But there’s one that is more important than any of the others.
Huzzah! The Kindle version of Creating an Online Presence is now available on Amazon. There will be Nook, PDF, and hard-copy version, but not until December. If you don’t have a Kindle, remember that you can download the Kindle reader for your computer or tablet.
I’m very pleased with how the book turned out. Among the things it covers: the minimum web presence a writer needs, social networks and the different approaches they require, how to find communities of readers on the Internet, how to make the most of book giveaways and listings, free tools available to help create and maintain your online presence, and how to keep all of this from swallowing up too much precious writing time.
I keep reading articles that say blogging is mandatory for writers nowadays. That agents and editors won’t take you on if you don’t already have a platform. This is hooey.
Let me repeat that. Hooey.
This week I hope to complete the first draft of the Building an Online Presence for Writers book. It will be a messy sloppy draft – one of the things that I need to do is to go through all of the images and resize them, for one.
However, most if not all of the verbiage is there, and I’m hoping to get some feedback on it. Towards that end, I am soliciting early readers who are interested in taking a look at the book and giving me feedback. Because I’m working with a fairly aggressive schedule, I would like to get such feedback within a month. It is perfectly fine to focus on a specific section of the book.
If you are willing to serve as an advance reader, you will be thanked in the acknowledgments as well as receiving a free copy of the finished book.
Bonus: Sign up for a class before August 15, 2013 and get an electronic copy of the reward reading packet for my Clarion West Writeathon sponsors. That’s over 100 pages of fiction that you’ll see before it’s ever published, including the first 50 pages of literary horror novel, Queen of the Fireflies and the first 50 pages of fantasy novel Beasts of Tabat. When you sign up, indicate what format you would like your reading in: mobi, pdf, epub, or doc.