When I found out my agent had read my blog I was more than a little surprised.
She seemed to think this was funny and pointed out that since my manuscript was out with editors they probably were going to do a little google stalking of their own. They might have a hard time stalking me because there really isn’t much out there about me under my real name and nothing under my pen name. I figured I could start doing all that social media stuff when somebody actually bought my book but I guess promoting yourself never starts too early.
But where to begin?
My agent recommended that I join Twitter. Sigh. I did and have a whopping 62 followers. But I honestly don’t get Twitter. Yes, I can see the potential. I can see that it’s a way to connect with others but I’m finding it more like a chore than anything and yet I find myself spending exorbitant amounts of time on there reading other people’s tweets.
- Unlike Facebook I don’t get that homey getting to know you feeling from Twitter. I hardly know any of the people who I follow and therefore don’t find myself interested in what they have to say. And a lot of what they have to say is buy my book. I don’t see the pictures of their lives or see how they have changed over the years. I don’t know their birthdays. And while Facebook may seem a little voyeuristic I like it because you really can find out a lot about a person just by looking at their page. (Not that I’m saying I don’t have my issues with that site, but I’ll get to that next week.)
- I’m a little long-winded and find the 140 character limit slighty restrictive. I had a really cute anecdote to tell to my 62 followers but no matter how I tried to cut it down there was no way I could fit it into 140 characters. That’s less than a text message.
- Most people are not as interesting as they think they are. I don’t really care that you need to do laundry or that you ran out of milk. Mundane is boring and I fully admit to not being the most exciting tweeter.
- The numerous people I have had to block who are mostly porn spammers.(Eww)
- Anybody can follow you or see your tweets and while there is a setting to make your Twitter feed private that seems to go against the whole point of it. People can be mean and have no problem saying nasty things. This week alone a celebrity I follow was threatened with violence all because she asked where she could find a good poker club.
- The people who only tweet snippets of their book or links to buy their books dozens of times in a day. Really? Do you honestly think that people want to be constantly bombarding with your book. How about you talk about your process of writing the book, or some of the ups and downs you face as a writer.
I don’t plan on canceling my account anytime soon and am going to try really hard to collect followers like little trophies but as of yet I’m not sure how this is going to help book sales. How many of you have bought a book from an author just because they kept tweeting about it? Does a big internet presence really make all that big a difference? As a reader I have never visited my favorite author’s website, much less looked her up on Twitter.
That being said I don’t think it’s all bad. Where Facebook might be limited to the people you know Twitter can introduce you to people on a global scale. And I’m going to keep plugging away to get where I need to be.
However, I just want to write. I need to get those thousand words in everyday come hell or high water and really don’t need many more distractions.
So tell me what is your favorite social media outlet? Do you tweet? Will you follow me? Think it makes a big difference book sales? How do you spend your time avoiding writing? Any and all comments are welcome.