1. Posted November 21, 2010 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    No comments on a query about failure in social media? That pretty much sums up the game. It is tough and you never know what will resonate–like blogs about conversations with one’s own beard.

  2. Posted November 23, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Of course I feel like a failure. I follow others and read others, but I do not know how to break into myself.

    I’m working on several things – short stories, a new novel sitting in a folder itching for a good first edit, an older novel shoved in a drawer to die a painful, neglected, and deserved death. I write essays every week.

    But as far as I can tell, what i write exists on its own, with no connection to others. How, exactly, would I use social media to talk about what I write? Do I just go horn in on other and say “HEY LOOKIT MY STUFF!”?

    Do I tag my tweets with #sex #freemoney and the like?

    I mean, how do I get my feet wet? I’d be happy to tell the others what I find, but I don’t even know where to start looking.

    That’s where I’m at.

    And don’t even get me started at ending sentences with a preposition.

  3. Posted December 2, 2010 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Social media is a great equalizer. It allows smaller companies to compete with larger ones. It allows an individual to create a following, to interact and engage with a community of interested people. It’s much like being at a social event, walking around and talking with others in attendance. You might not always talk about your product (your book) but you would have interesting and engaging conversations.

    I found an article about how a literary journal used Twitter to find thousands of readers: http://www.mediabistro.com/ebooknewser/how-to-find-readers-on-twitter_b3925

    I’d be happy to talk with you more if you’d like to learn how to use social media tools to grow your business.

  • Get Publishing Perspectives in your inbox each day and stay up-to-date on international publishing.