The Right Way to Use Social Media to Build Your Writer’s Platform

The Right Way to Use Social Media to Build Your Writer’s Platform

The Right Way to Use Social Media to Build Your Writer's Platform You've heard that social media is a great place to build your writer's platform. And many publishers actually seek authors who have established certain levels of a follower base and engagement. But adding social media to your already-busy schedule can sound like a ridiculous idea. You're already so busy – how can you do social media and still have time to focus on your writing? I'm sure you know by now that social media can be a huge time waster. It can keep you from your writing work all day long if you let it. But it's also a valuable tool when used properly. So, what's the right way to use social media to build your writer's platform? That's where discipline comes in. If you're short on time (who isn't, right?), decide on how much time you can work on social media. If you can only devote 10 minutes per day, start there. Before we...
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The New Forum For Rants About Everything Under the Sun – Or Is It?

The New Forum For Rants About Everything Under the Sun – Or Is It?

The New Forum For Rants About Everything Under the Sun - Or Is It? The technology age has rewarded us with the ability to communicate with multiple people all at once. No longer do we have to get on the phone and call person after person in order to get our stories circulating through society. Now, we can simply log onto our computers and social media and write anything we feel like and send it out to the entire world in a matter of minutes (or seconds, for fast typers). Social media is a great way to provide updates on what's going on in our lives. And it works wonderfully for keeping family and friends up-to-date on major road trips like our Colorado to Alaska move and then our Alaska to Virginia move. Without Facebook, I would have been charging my phone a whole lot more during those long road trips. But while social media makes it easy to share those updates, it also...
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How to Choose Your First Social Media Platforms

How to Choose Your First Social Media Platforms The internet age has changed how we do business. With so many social media platforms to choose from, how do you pick the ones that will get you the most bang for your buck? How do you leverage the right networks to avoid wasted time and effort? We have Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn (just to name the big ones). And then there are forums and an endless supply of blogs and other social bookmarking tools. Managing all of them can be a full-time job. And if you don't pull your hair out first, how do you even know what to post on all of them? They are totally different platforms. Not to mention, they can have different audiences. When starting out, you need to find out where your prospects and customers spend the most time. Is it on Facebook? Do they use Twitter? Do they spend most of their time on a special online...
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