So the aspect of social media and its importance in the life of a modern author is gradually dawning on me. Well, not gradually, rather stalking me from the shadows, poking me in sensitive places when I’m not looking, reminding me of what I’m forgetting.
Which is difficult, because I don’t know very much about it, so it’s not so much forgetting as a driving, elusive, nagging sensation hovering over your head.
I’m going to a writer’s conference tomorrow evening to learn about social networking for writers. It’s being hosted by an online guru who specializes in helping promote author brands and marketing themselves to their audiences. I’m really looking forward to it, and I’m hoping it will help expand my ideas on what’s possible with this whole process.
Generally for me the appeal behind being an author is being reclusive—being sequestered in my room, in my own world, with my thoughts and fantasies as I write and create. That’s nice. I don’t have to talk to any slack jawed idjits who can grasp the beauty of my ideas. At least that’s the line I pitch to myself. Really it’s just easier not dealing with people, but unfortunately for my hermit like tendencies, that’s not really an option.
The key lesson I’m learning as I read articles like this one over at Novel Publicity (which is an excellent resource, by the way, I highly recommend checking out their articles), is that all us authors face the same challenges, and the real solution is simply hiking up your skirt and getting dirty. It’s honestly not that bad. I mean, do you really hate talking about yourself that much? Really?
Talking about myself is fun! I like sharing what I’m thinking. The part that gets me is feeling like I’m just sitting on the edge of a big empty well, looking down into the darkness and talking to myself, listening to the words echo off into oblivion. That no one is listening, no one cares, and that I’m wasting my time and efforts in the wrong direction.
That’s fixable though, that’s something we can work on. Because getting the words out there? That’s a start. Now we just need to find a direction. That’s where this class will come in handy tomorrow. I’ll get the chance to see where I should be putting my efforts, and hopefully have something to bring back here and share with you all.
It’s a learning process, but hey, I’m willing, and I know that with time and effort it will pay off. I’ll get my book published, you’ll get to read it, and we’ll all be one big happy dysfunctional social networking family.