In today’s writing world, there’s huge competition for readers. Authors are expected to have their own social media platform whether they are traditionally published or self-published. The first question writers ask is “Can I sell any books using social media?” Followed closely by “I don’t have time for social media.”
The answer to the first question is yes, you will sell books using social media but more importantly, you’ll connect with your readers. I feel that all authors need to make time for social media to be successful with their book marketing and this is backed up with information from traditionally published authors.
From Guy Kawasaki’s 10 Social Media Tips for Authors: “Wrap your mind around this: One of the most important factors that traditional publishers use to decide whether to acquire a book is the marketing platform of its author. You’d think that the main reason for approaching a traditional publisher is to reap the benefits of the publisher’s marketing, and you wouldn’t have to bring your own.
Life is full of mysteries, and whether you’re working with a traditional publisher or you are an artisanal publisher (a.k.a., “self-publisher”), the potency of your marketing platform can determine your success.”
While people are mourning the death of the traditional book and bookstores, we can also celebrate this brilliant new way that readers, authors and their books are connecting in this new frontier.
Books are reaching a new renaissance as the possibility for online popularity can push a book from an author’s mind, to their computer and straight into the hands of their fans as happened with indie phenom Hugh Howey.
Learn more about Hugh and follow Peg’s twelve part series for authors on how to use social media marketing to sell their books covering everything from the basics of social media, why design matters, how to create a social media plan, online book tours and more.
Rebekah believes that social media has transformative powers when it is used correctly and integrated in to a strategic marketing plan.
Rebekah manages social media on a daily basis and is eager to help you STOP those time sucking activities and maximize, prioritize and monetize your online efforts!
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