Social media and the new year
One of my faults (among many) is that I am not comfortable with social media. This is an especially bad fault considering that I am a self-published author. This social connection is what boosts sales and helps a writer to become successful. Without strong social ties sales can be flat.
I know this is something I need to overcome, and I plan to address this. One of my resolutions for this year is to be more involved in Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter, but I don’t see it as being a smooth process. I am more at ease talking to people face to face. Even my phone calls are usually short and to the point. There is not a lot of small talk.
My latest book “The old man and the girl” has been more successful offline. Because this is a Christian book it is a different situation. Most of my books have been sold in paperback to the church I attend and to another church as well. Some books were sold directly through Amazon. Others were sold by me. I bought 30 copies from CreateSpace (who manufactures the paperback) and sold them directly. I will probably be getting more copies to sell soon. It’s good that I can sell the books directly, but it does nothing for my Amazon ranking. This, in turn stymies my digital sales. That’s where a good social media person would come in handy.
I did have a giveaway on Goodreads. I mailed the books to the winners about two weeks ago. I’m hoping that when the reviews come in they will be good. Judging from the responses I’ve gotten so far, I think they will be. Assuming the reviews are good I will still need to do something to make the book more visible online.
I hope to contact more churches with my Christian book. Hopefully I’ll start getting more digital sales as well. Though I am concerned with getting sales of this book other than from me directly, it is not my biggest concern. I do not write specifically Christian books. I will depend more on online sales from my non-Christian books.
I have a middle grade book out. It is a science fiction, fantasy book. I had a couple other books out that I unpublished for editing. I also have a couple thriller, science books that I’m working on. I have some ambitious plans for this year, but I think I need to get a lot better on social media to be successful. Wish me luck!
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