Social Media & Mayhem -Trying To Keep Focus Is Hard

Social media concept

One of the biggest plusses you have as an author is the advent of social media.

Unfortunately, it’s also one of an author’s biggest minuses.

Here’s the thing: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and my blog enable me to interact with readers and would-be readers from all over, to extend my reach beyond my friends, family and neighbors, and most of it without spending much (or any) money.

What it does cost me is time, and when you’re a single working mother, that time is oh-so-precious. Every hour I have to spend scheduling tweets and posts, or taking pretty pictures of books, or coming up with blog content is time I’m not spending on my writing. Which is not ideal. Continue reading

Social Media, Big Beautiful Thing And Bane Of My Existence

Part of being a successful writer – like it or loathe it – is being a successful salesperson. In the old days that meant cultivating your contacts with local newspapers, putting out a press release, shaking a lot of hands and heading to every local bookstore you could find with a copy of your book tucked under your arm.

Nowadays, the bookstores are fewer and further between, and long before your book comes out, you need to get yourself established in social media. I’m luckier than a lot of first-time authors in that I already have a platform due to my blogging and activism, but I’m not an instantly-known name by any stretch of the imagination.

I’m also not known at all (yet!) in the YA community. Continue reading