I was reading a guest post by Scott Bury, on KD Rush's Blog, on social media and does it help to sell books. You can read his post here.
And it reminds that I am spreading myself too thin. I have been thinking about this the past few weeks and trying to figure out my best strategy for promoting myself and which sites, groups, etc. that I want to keep and which ones I need to let go of. I'm on twitter, facebook, goodreads, linkedin, google+, not to mention, gather, multiply, merchant circle, start up nation and countless other reading and writing groups. I also have 2 blogs, well 4 actually, but only maintain 2, and follow over 300 blogs, for which come Monday mornings, I receive apprx. 140+ email notifications. But it's not just about promoting myself. It shouldn't be quantity over quality, it should be the other way around.
The problem with all of this, is it makes me feel superficial. I have made some wonderful friends and dropping in and saying hi and then running off to another site and not giving them the attention they deserve is wrong on my part. Yes, we all want and need to promote ourselves and our books, but dropping in and saying buy my book and then preceding to the next site and posting about your book or your blog or whatever and not interacting is the wrong way to do it. Yes we want followers, but at what cost to us as people. It's like going to a cocktail party and hiding in the corner all night texting on your phone. Is that how you want people to remember you? I don't, so I have decided to cut back in order to gain more. Not book sales, but quality friendships. People I enjoy communicating with. I want more in my life besides running here and there on the internet, I want to sit down and have a cup of coffee and find out what's going on in your life. Are you feeling okay? How are the kids? Anything special happen lately? Do you have a new book out? I'll help you promote it. Did you just sign with a new agent? Let's celebrate!
I have found that I love to write and yes I want people to read and like what I write. I want to sell books, but at what cost to my family and friends? Social media takes a lot of time and hard work and sometimes you have to scale back a little in order to gain more. So over the next couple of weeks, I will look at all the different sites and groups and figure out which ones I want to keep and concentrate on and which ones I need to let go, because it's not fair to them if I'm not participating.
I'm going to leave you with that and will do a part 2 for this post next week, an update of sorts and we can discuss some different ways to promote offline. So while you're waiting stop by and check out Scott's blog here;
Have a great week everyone!