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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Marketing, woe is me!

I've always prided myself on how "unconnected" I was. Social media? Bah! Who needs it? All I wanted to do is live quietly on our farm, immersed in domestic chores and writing my stories.

But that's not how stories get sold. And when a prospective agent tells you to pump up the marketing section of your fiction proposal, you do what he says.

So for the past week, I've had a crash course in social media. I've joined writing organizations. I've created accounts on platforms I never thought I'd touch: Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blogger. I've barely had a chance to post on any of these – at least not yet – because I'm just too durned busy joining stuff.

I've emailed authors I've never met, asking if they'd grant an author interview. I've emailed bloggers I've never met, asking if I could write a guest piece for their blog.

And then something amazing happened. People responded.

My husband waded into the swamp and set up accounts for me. Authors got back and expressed delight in being interviewed. Bloggers got back and happily accepted guest posts. People friended me on Facebook. They subscribed to my Twitter account. They recommended other places I might expand my marketing efforts. Friends metaphorically held my hand as I sloshed through the confusion of social media.

Friends helping friends. Writers helping writers. What a beautiful thing.

1 comment:

  1. WELCOME!!! The plunge into social media is always nerve-wracking -- unless you grow up in it. But overall people tend to be welcoming and so helpful.

    I'm looking forward to learning more from your blog , and getting a head's up about what to read!!