Nonfiction Editing

As I said at the end of last month, to stop myself losing momentum on my ‘goals’ for the year I am writing a little review of my progress at the end of each month. This report is supposed to show that I’m on track and (hopefully) stop me from getting fed up and grumpy that things never seem to happen as fast as I would like.

But while this might be beneficial to me, it’s annoying as hell to read.

So, I’ve had a rethink and have decided to post a thoughtful little something-or-other based on something that has happened during the month.

This month’s topic …. Nonfiction and editing.

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Facebook for Writers

I’m a big fan of Facebook; I’ve been on it for years and use it as a way to stay in touch with the people that I have met throughout my life who are not within easy travelling distance. I’m connected to friends who physically live hundreds of miles away from me, and when we do meet up, it’s like we’ve never been apart all because of Facebook.

But when you’re a writer looking to market themselves you need to start using Facebook a bit differently to how you’ve used it before. You need to make a page and gather followers, the more followers you have, the more people will be aware of upcoming books, events and signings. It’s a great way to advertise what you’re doing to a huge audience for a relatively small cost if you use Facebook advertising or no cost if you don’t.

Building an audience. However, that can prove problematic. How do you find those who might be interested in what you have to say and write? How do you engage with them in such a way that it feels natural and not a forced way of selling your book?

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Writing Rants: Book Marketing and Direct Messages

On one of my lunch breaks this week I was scanning through Facebook, and I came across a very helpful blog by Anne R Allen here.

Overall I found the blog very useful, and it reaffirmed several points for me.

One of the points, in particular, had me shouting out “Yes! Thank you!” spraying sandwich crumbs into my keyboard and getting some odd looks from my co-workers (you’d think they’d be used to me by now).

That point was about the Direct Message (DM) feature on social media platforms, such as Twitter or Facebook. Anne explains that:-

“Direct messages are personal. Get to know somebody in regular tweets or comments on their posts before you cosy up to them with a DM.”

I agree very much.

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