Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Kristen Lamb and Social Media Myth Busting for Authors

Social Media advice from Kristen Lamb
I just have to do this quick post. I've only recently discovered Kristen Lamb, author of We Are Not Alone, the Writers Guide to Social Media. Although I enjoy Social Media, I've been concerned that the time I spend establishing an online presence is eating into the precious hours I previously designated for writing.

Kristen says she uses Social Media as a reward. She minimises everything until she meets certain goals then spends five-ten minutes on Twitter and Facebook…three times a day, morning, afternoon, and evening.  This makes so much sense to me and has made social networking an achievable goal. As Kristen says, "little efforts over time add up for big returns."

How much time do you spend on Social Media? Are you daunted by Tweeting, Facebooking, Blogging?

8 comments:

  1. Yes, I am daunted. I want to write. But to sell, I must self-promote. Otherwise how can I get the word out. My biggest time-dump is emails. I twitter and facebook rather quickly. Reading blogs and leaving commnets takes time and thought. But, oh, all those emails!!! Yikes! Time management is a problem, especially for me.

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  2. This is great advice! I'm always torn between the need to write and the need to promote what I've already written. Sometimes it seems I'm flubbing both! I love the idea of a reward for meeting goals.

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  3. Things are changing in the publishing/promotions/marketing world and Kristen is right on the money. It's worth it to follow her lead where ever her craziness wanders. She always ends up making a worthwhile point.

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  4. Vonnie, I'm not a great time-manager either but I think I can do this! It's so diverting reading other people's blogs and websites - so much talent out there. Thanks for stopping by my blog to comment.

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  5. Hi Lynne, thanks for stopping by to comment. Sounds as if Kristen's advice resonates with you too.

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  6. Liz, thanks for leaving a comment. I'm enjoying learning from people like Kristen.

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  7. I am so totally daunted! Besides writing which is a full time job in itself, I have a full time day job. I haven't written a word in some time because I'm trying to promote a new book. If I did have time I wouldn't know how to do it right even though I've read everything I can find on it. some people make it sound easy, but it isn't easy to me.

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  8. Oh, Elaine, you're so right. It isn't easy, especially with so many other commitments. I really struggled last year when my debut novel, 'Kincaid's Call' was published as an e-book. I found the whole social media thing really time-consuming, intense and difficult, even though I enjoy computing in general. I've changed my website and blog multiple times, still haven't figured out my profile page on Facebook and am only just coming to grips with Twitter. To make it even more bewildering the whole scene is continuously changing. I don't think there is a 'right' way. Calling for help from other authors on blogs and loops, following people like Kristen and working on a trial-and-error principle seems to be the best way through it.

    I've frittered away lots of writing time while figuring out the social media thing, so Kristen's advice about breaking that time into three daily chunks is achievable for me just now. Authors are very generous people and if you shout for help I know there'll be a stampede of help offered. I do wish you luck and best wishes for your new book.

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