Monday, November 22, 2010

Online Presence

How's yours? Want to know what mine's like? I'll admit to have made a few teeny-weeny mistakes. Ever heard of "me, me, me" and "read my book, read my book" and "fabulous review here"? Yes you'll have heard of them if not from me then from someone else. That's what my online presence is like. Unfortunately.

As publishing relies more and more on its authors to market their books, this is bound to happen. The result is an abundance of Tweets, Facebooks, MySpace, Blogs all about how everyone should read my book.

I'm not really like that in real life, not a bit. I'd say I'm pretty introverted and I hate this constant bragging. (Hey! we're back to ME again).

So, I'm going on a personal crusade. You're not going to hear about me, here, on my blog any more. Instead we're going to share tips. And today we're going to talk about your online presence and how to improve it (LOL, I should talk).

One of the best tips I've heard is to give instead of take, and that doesn't mean "here's a giveaway of my book" - because that's going back to again. Instead let's write about useful information, something your followers need and want to hear.

You're probably a writer if you read this. You need tips, right? You need to hear up-to-date news on the subjects you're interested in. I want to give my followers something valuable. But how do I go about it? This whole subject needs to have a fresh look, a new angle.

It is possible to get personal indirectly. The blog might say: "This is what's happening to me just now as a writer/reader/in the middle of the publishing process/promoting. This is my problem and this is how I'm dealing with it. Do you agree?"

So from now on I'm going to try and find what "resonates" with you. How do you feel about that? Go to the poll on the right and vote, or leave a comment. No! there're no free books for the right answer - not unless you want one :-)