Guest Post By Lillian Duncan (reposted from her blog)
Just like rock and roll, social media is here to stay!
Whether you like it or not.
Whether we like it or not, change is inevitable. As writers, we don’t have a choice; we must keep up with the changes or get left behind. I’ve had a website for many years so I felt good that I was staying current.
Boy was I wrong!
I started hearing new words bandied about—blogs—blog tours—myspace—facebook—twitter—social media—and the list goes on and on and on….
My first reaction was negative. A website made sense to me, but the rest of the stuff seemed like nonsense and a big waste of time. And as any writer can tell you, writing time is precious. But everywhere I turned, the talk was all about the importance of social media.
Many publishers and agents want their writers to have an Internet presence. And to have an Internet presence, you must swim in those shark-infested waters of social media.
Could all those people be wrong? Maybe so, but probably not! So, with much fear and trepidation, I put a toe in to test the waters of social media. The more I learn the more useful it becomes.
One thing to remember is that social media is a tool. It’s an important tool (for now), but it shouldn’t be the only tool in a writer’s marketing tool box.
As with any tool, the more you use it the better you get at it.
One of the perks of social media for me has come from the real connections I’ve made with real people, especially other writers. Writers I can turn to for advice, for celebrating, for encouragement and support.
And as with any relationship, it can’t be one way. I do the same for them.
Here’s a perfect example of how connections can make a difference. I have a new novella coming out in December. I put out a request for blog visits and the response was wonderful. I now have a blog tour scheduled for the month of December featuring my new book (THE CHRISTMAS STALKING)
Why did that happen?
Because I have taken the time to make connections with other people who love books and writing as much as I do. And that’s never a waste of time.
My advice to those who haven’t taken the social media plunge yet is to start slow and to experiment but start. You’ve got to put your toe in the water before you can swim. Everyone is different and that means different types of social media will appeal to different people, but one thing is clear—social media is here to stay!
Lillian Duncan writes stories of faith mingled with murder & mayhem. She writes the type of books she loves to read—suspense with a touch of romance. Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.