Can I Use Snapchat and Instagram as a Writer?

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I’ve often grumped that I don’t do photos, because I’m a words guy. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but not the words I want. (For one thing, as a humor columnist, I like to toss in the occasional booger joke, but I don’t think people want to see me with my finger jammed up my nose. There are some things better left to the imagination.) But Instagram and Snapchat are so popular right now — Snapchat just … Read More »

Social Media for Authors is About Relationships, Not Marketing

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When I was at the Florida Writers Conference this past October, I met more than a few authors with books in the conference bookstore. There was one author in particular that I’d enjoyed talking with over the course of the conference, and had gotten to know her fairly well. I’ve been on a rather strict “no new books” diet for a few years, but will break it occasionally if a favorite author has a new book. But I had such … Read More »

Networking, Part Two: Facebook and Twitter

Good morning and welcome to the second part of my networking series. Since there are hundreds, if not thousands, of various sites we can use to reach our audience, we’ll briefly cover some of the ones I know and use. The first is one of the obvious, Facebook. To be honest, I don’t look at Facebook as being the powerhouse it once was for one reason: They purposely limit our page reach to “encourage” us to buy Likes for our … Read More »

Social Media 101: When you need to take a breather

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We know that it’s important to be online when you’re an author. There are so many opportunities out there: guest blogging, radio shows, online parties, etc. You’re not going to get these things if you’re not paying attention. I’m always scouring my feed for any and all cool promotional opportunities, signing up without a second thought. It’s fun, but the online world can also be mentally exhausting. Especially during certain times of year. They say there’s a balance in the … Read More »

When Writers Go Bad: Dealing with Issues on Social Media

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Well, another week is behind us and I hope that whatever goals you had for the week are coming along. For me, I’ll be spending my day writing reviews and proofreading but I wanted to make sure I stopped by to talk about something I’ve been struggling with for a while: bad behavior on Social Media. No matter how many anti-bullying campaigns are out there, no matter how many times a writer gets caught behaving badly, we’re never going to … Read More »

Social Media 101: Variety is the spice of life

Note: Sorry this post is late today. It’s been one of those weeks! The old saying is cliche, but it’s true. One of the biggest mistakes some make is putting all their social media eggs in one basket. Let’s take a look at why this is a bad idea. When you limit your options, you limit your audience. Every site is a unique entity with its own membership and style. By sticking to only one site, you’re missing a vast … Read More »

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