Day 6: Are you as lost as I am when it comes to dealing with Social Media? I can write all day long but trying to figure out all of the ins and outs of all of the social networking sites. I am a real babe in the woods.
I decided I needed to learn as much as I could about the subject. I purchased a book called “We Are Not Alone, The Writer‘s Guide to Social Media,” by Kristen Lamb. What a phenomenal little book. She explains everything in an easy to read and understand format. The book had been recommended to me by a friend, because she knew I had just published “The Tower” and would be doing my own promotion work.
According to Kristen, beyond selling books, social media can help the writer learn from the very best and it makes networking with people very easy. An aspiring author and make mentors of their favorite best-selling authors. You can zero in on resources you need without combing through books, magazine articles, ect. to learn your craft.
She even goes into Maslow’s Hierachy of Needs. She says the secret of sales is on the pyramid. Marketing uses our tendency to buy or do things because of our emotions. When you are writing it is important to illicit emotion from your reader. If you didn’t they might read the first chapter and then close the book forever.
We need to bring people out of their comfort zone. As Kristin wrote, comfortable people do not have needs for us to fill.
The back cover of her book says it all: Social Media is more popular than ever. As society becomes more technologically advanced, people are seeking new ways to connect. Relationships are vital to our survival and our mental and emotional health.
There are more opportunities for a new author today than ever before. With thousands and thousands of author with books and blogs, how can a writer succeed?
Kristen’s method is simple, effective and helps author find ways to employ imagination and creativity in writing.
I for one will be using this little book to guide me on my discovery to social networking. I hope to publish my second book, The Dobyns Chronicles, this fall. I want to have a lot more knowledge about how social networking functions by the time that book is published.
I am finding writing “The Tower” has been a learning experience for me. I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know until my book was published. I am just a bit lost in processes. It is good to know “We Are Not Alone.”