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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How to Create a Twitter List

Twitter lists are great for helping you manage your information stream. And the good news: they're super easy to create!   As I mentioned in a previous post about Twitter lists, if you're using Twitter for business and you're following a lot of people, you're likely getting bogged down with a lot of non-valuable information. You know what I mean. The ranting and raving, the T.V. program tweets about American Idol or Days of Our Lives, information that just doesn't help you in any way, business-wise.   To solve this problem, create a Twitter list. You'll be glad you did.   How to Create a Twitter List   Log in to your Twitter account. On the "Home" page, click on "New list" on the right side of your screen. It will open a window asking for information. Type a name and description for your list. The description is optional, and when used, will help others determine why they should follow it. Next, select either the Public or the Private option. The...
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Manage Your Info Stream With This Helpful Tool

When you follow hundreds or thousands of people on Twitter or Facebook, it can get really hard to see the value in using those social media tools. It seems just about everyone uses them to tell the world about their problems or their mundane activities or their rants about anything under the sun. When that happens (I know it will; it has happened to me), it becomes very easy to shut the tools off and never use them again. But when you do that, you're missing valuable information and the opportunity to connect with others which is the main ingredient for any successful business. Lists have become a very helpful tool for managing data these days. Using lists can help you streamline the information you want to see. I'm not saying shut everyone out completely, otherwise I'd just say to unfollow them or hide their updates. But create lists of people who generally offer the type of information you're looking for so...
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