Lately I’ve been trying to figure out how to best promote myself through social media. I know it’s not the best place to “advertise”, but I also know a lot of other authors find a lot of success through that medium. The only problem is finding information about what really works is sometimes next to impossible, so I’ve mainly been experimenting.
Of course, social media should always be, first and foremost, a place to connect with others. To get to know them and allow them to get to know you both as an author and a person. I’m not a very social person, but I’m definitely a lot more social online than I am in person. And I have to say it’s a lot easier to connect with hundreds of people online more regularly than it is in person, and you get to meet people from all over the globe, which would normally be impossible without spending a lot of money on travel.
Aside from that, my main goal has been to get people downloading my free book, Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6). After reading that, if they enjoyed it, they can also get Part 2 by signing up to my newsletter, Weekly Fantasy Fix. Then I can use my newsletter to promote my other books.
Twitter has been my best resource for this method. I use StatusBrew to keep up with my activity and schedule my tweets. It allows me to set up a welcome message that goes out to all my new followers, thanking them and inviting them to download my free book. Since I started doing this, my downloads have more than tripled. It’s even resulted in a few unsolicited reviews on Amazon. So I know I’m headed in the right direction.
Have you tried something on Twitter that has been working for you? Tell me about it!