I have a self-published book. I can share this as often as I want, and I still have people look at me in an odd way. I’m not upset by those looks; I find it rather amusing that people don’t realize I am subtly promoting my book. Making that statement gets the conversation going. I think that it gets others talking.
I enjoy interacting with people, and I enjoy working with the written word. Because of this and other reasons, I decided to self-publish my last book, and will be doing the same with the next one. The one thing I learned about books is that you have to be seen.
I agree with another writer who said, “You don’t need to have a website, but you need to have a presence.”
They are correct in saying that you need a presence, and some luck, and a few books, but I disagree with their opinion that I ought not need to worry about social media. It’s there, it’s needed and I need to have people see me and my work.
I don’t doubt that some self-publishers do not have the time to get “all into” the social media — there are so many platforms. (Twitter, FaceBook and Google+ just begin that list.) I’d rather speak in general terms about social media, and so I will include in the catch-all term online writing sites, or forums you can be a part of. It’s a big world out there.
I know that by the act of writing on a blog and having some form of communication with my readers, I am “getting seen.” This is important if I want to increase my book sales to a better level. It is also important that I am seen as a person and not as yet another writer.
I have a means to show myself to the world, and that way is using, and not abusing, social media. I try to present myself a person and a reader, which means my readers see me as a writer and as a person — a delicate balancing act if there is such a thing. I am a self-published author and as such I don’t have the name to make a million dollars in one year, but I do have the means to have readers and potential readers see me.
I believe that readers care about a writer because they connect with the writer. I know that the more people know me the more likely they will make a purchase…. and the more likely it is that my readership will grow. It is important to be seen.