The Countdown Begins…4 days until release day

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In honor of my debut releasing in 7 days, I’m offering a $15 GC from either Amazon, B&N, MuseItUp, or Book Depository on my release day.  Follow my posts for the next seven days.  On each day, they will be themed.  Just tell me what all 7 seven themes were during the week and on my actual release day just write them in the comment section.  Easy peasy.  Good luck!

The official countdown has begun.  Only 4 days until my debut releases from MuseItUp Publishing.   I still can’t believe it.  The world didn’t end and the Mayans were wrong.  So, I will definitely be around on Friday.  :)

Did you get the themes so far?  The ones that later in the week my brew up a bit of a backlash.

Today’s topic should hit a nerve with some people and I’m sure I’ll shoot myself in the foot but its my opinion and my thoughts.  As a blogger/reviewer in my other life, I know the importance of social media.  I have set all of my blog post to FB, Twitter, email subscription and Networked Blogs so I don’t have to worry about getting word out .  My problem is finding my niche in either FB or Twitter.  Roni Loren had an excellent post on how to reach readers on social media.  Here’s the link to the post.

http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2012/12/social-media-overload-how-do-authors.html

As usual, Roni broke down the pros and cons of both and a lot of it made sense.  My problem is that I’m just not that interesting.  I don’t post nude or semi-nude pictures on FB.  I don’t  tweet about what I had for lunch or what I’m wearing.  Up until 5 months ago, I worked a full-time job, had a house to run, a kid and a husband.  Other than the occasionally moment, I didn’t really FB or tweet much.  I didn’t have time for it.  I barely had enough time to review, write and blog.  Well, in these past months of being a stay at home mom, I tried FB.  Loved it at first until the crash of political ads, postings and other crap that I just wasn’t interested in the presidential campaign.  I think a lot of what people wanted to post got lost and that happened to me.  I’ve never recovered from it.  People tend to ignore me anyway on FB and Twitter but the crickets are louder now than they were before.

I’ve often thought that I’ve been blacklisted on social media but then I thought…wait, I’m just not that important to blacklist.  *sigh*  I barely get a re-tweet or a mention.  As for Twitter, well, I’ve seen some true ugliness on Twitter.  The snarky, bad behavior is completely prevalent between people.  I’ve seen reviewers decimate authors on release day; authors being snarky to other authors and just down right rudeness.  I’m generally a happy person so I don’t get the “let’s pick on someone today” or the snarkiness.  Plus, I’m not any good at the hash tag thing either.  I get lost easily on the hash tags and then I give up.  :)

So my last thoughts are social media are mixed.  I’m not a Twitter Ho nor do I live on FB.  I know that I need a presence on social media but since I’m not your typical poster, I’m at a loss.  I have pages set up for all of my blogs and even have an author page and nothing.  Hmm…I know that a lot of authors have peeps that are constantly tweeting, posting on FB for them.  Some even have assistants that do most of that for them.  Wish I could find someone to help but finding that peep is hard.  Everyone is busy with the holidays and their own life.  I have nothing to offer as payment or even books to give them.

Thoughts?  Suggestions?  Hate mail?  I’m all ears…

Posted on December 24, 2012, in Giveaway, Thoughts, writing and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I’ve had an online presence for things for awhile. I created a page for the online bookstore, then when I created the blog….and now my author page. Sometimes I don’t get a good reach, and sometimes I do. I know on FB part of that is their annoying ever changing things, and it gets harder for a page to be seen if ‘likers’ don’t take the extra time to ‘add to interests, blah blah blah. Twitter….Oh man, I’ve got the blog syndicated to them, but otherwise I pretty much forget about them. not intentionally, but just at the far back of my mind. I’m someone active on the author and blog page, but for the most part I try to just work on the next book.

    I know what you mean about people getting ugly with one another. I will never, ever understand the big thing about that, but I guess that’s just the f’ed up world we live in, ya know?

  2. I hear you. I’m new at this writing thing and the expectation and obligation (at least that’s how I feel) to keep up on all the latest, greatest, social media outlets is daunting, overwhelming and some days just plain tiresome. When am I supposed to write? I keep telling myself and my family “I’m heading down to write now.” Hours later I emerge from my space and not a single word was written or even edited. I’ve spent that entire time reviewing email, tweets, fb, blogs, trying to set up events and guest blogs (at which I’m a complete newbie) etc. etc. I work full time and have a family, but I really want to write. How do I fit all this social media stuff in too and still feel like I’m getting someting accomplished? I haven’t found the answer yet.

  3. Do you have any friends that could help you? I hope you find the anser you are looking for,
    Happy Holidays!!!
    lauratroxel@yahoo.com

  4. I completely empathize with you…I’m even further behind than you when it comes to social media. It can seem overwhelming but it seems that authors are a very supportive group and then there may be community groups/centers that may have classes or can point out where you can get help.
    ivegotmail8889(at)yahoo(dot)com

  5. I’ve only been writing a blog for a little over a year…and that’s enough to keep up with! I don’t FB or Tweet and I doubt I’ll start because I have enough trouble keeping up with my reviews and e-mail. There are quite a few very nice yahoo groups that offer great support systems.

    elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

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