Social media is one of the biggest questions writers seem to be asking…Should I? How necessary is it? What are the steps? After Oregon’s largest writers’ conference last summer the answer could not be clearer – an online presence is a must.
I, personally, did not even have a Facebook account and that quickly changed. There is so much support for writers through communities and groups that your experience will be everything you put into it, within sane reason. To be successful is not an illusion it takes time, effort and energy. To have a following, you must be an involved follower, an active participant in building your platform.
If you don’t know how to put it all together; Google it, the needed information is out there if you are willing to look. WordPress has blogging courses for beginners or freshen it uppers. Do not be afraid. Work for the recognition you deserve and have labored for. But, you must be mindful. You will no longer be anonymous.
The most beneficial information for me has come from; Twitter.
These entities link together and before you know it the magic slowly becomes reality. I attended a webinar recently where a traditionally published author explained she became solely independent. All marketing while being represented was her exclusive responsibility.
The course also mentioned in the next 10 years the industry will be called “publishing,” period. We must get comfortable with the notion of being “Hybrid” if anything, a bit of both, traditional and self-published and get over the misplaced idea of being One or the Other.
If we want to be read, we must not only put our professionally polished work out there, but be willing to step forward on the internet stage and take a bow. One year ago I would have never been able to do this…Hi, my name is Jessica Edouard and I write historical romance novels.
Much <3! Keep writing! Jessica