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Social Media Platforms Authors Should Explore

Social Media Platforms Authors Should Explore

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Social Media Platforms Authors Should Explore was a presentation created for authors and writers. It includes basic knowledge of Web 2.0 and is designed for a person who doesn't have time to explore social media platforms, but wants to market online.
NOTE: This document was recently updated with the 2012 version. Includes information on Pinterest.com.

Social Media Platforms Authors Should Explore was a presentation created for authors and writers. It includes basic knowledge of Web 2.0 and is designed for a person who doesn't have time to explore social media platforms, but wants to market online.

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Introduction
Thank you for downloading a DIYwithTy.com Resource. I've been working with authors for about twelve years. It's amazing to me how many authors seek me for design and marketing services right before or after their book has been released. The days of getting by without an online presence have clearly been over for several years now. Whether you are a traditionally published or self-published author, daydreaming about your bestseller is not an option. As soon as you have a release date, it’s time to get down to the business of book promotion. Now I don't know too many authors who have a tremendous amount of free time to devote to marketing. Most still work nine to five jobs, raise families and are involved in community activities. Even if there is an opportunity to write full-time, many authors supplement their income by providing services like editing, teaching or speaking. Time management is essential. In this guide, we are going to explore five (5) social media platforms that are free to start, but do require a willingness to invest time. If you are not familiar with the term social media, Wikipedia definition states, “Social media is an umbrella term that defines the various activities that integrate technology, social interaction, and the construction of words, pictures, videos and audio. This interaction, and the manner in which information is presented, depends on the varied perspectives and "building" of shared meaning among communities, as people share their stories, and understandings.” If you invest time building relationships using social media platforms, you have the potential to attract a readership or influencers for your book(s). By the way, if you are wondering, it’s never too early to build a platform. The earlier, the better. Remember, the best form of advertisement is word of mouth. So, let’s explore the social media platforms you should consider for your book marketing efforts. Blessings, Tyora “Ty” Moody DIYwithTy.com
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1. Let’s Explore … Blogging
Popular platforms: blogger.com, wordpress.com or wordpress.org (self-hosted), typepad.com (pay) A blog can serve as a hub (a central point) or a website companion for building an online platform. If you have a certain niche or topic that you write about in your books, a blog offers a great way to attract an audience. Many authors will use blogs to help other writers by posting about their personal publishing journey or writing tips. For a quick video lesson, checkout Blogs in Plain English (see right).

What is a blog?
Watch this video by The CommonCraft Show.

Video Blogging
If writing daily or several times a week for a blog doesn’t appeal to you, you might consider video blogging. Videos are really easy to create these days via a webcam or your smartphone camera. I will talk about video-based social media later in this resource.

http://www.commoncraft.com/video/blogs

Blogs to Explore
On the next page, find a few blogs to explore. This list includes authors and literary professionals to give you a few ideas for your own blog. I have included the blogging platform the author uses in [ ].

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Literary Wonders! The Authors’s Hideaway http://lwtheauthorshideaway.blogspot.com/ This blog is owned and managed by author Yolanda Bryant-Johnson also known as “That Literary Lady.” The Author’s Hideway features authors interviews, features, podcasts, writing resources as well as reviews. [Blogger.com]

Camy Tang http://www.camytang.com Author Camy Tang shares news about her books and tips for writers. Notice she uses a domain name to point to her blog, which she also uses as her main website. [Blogger.com]

Written Voices Blog http://www.writtenvoicesblog.com Tyora Moody, author of the Victory Gospel Series, established Written Voices Blog in 2006. WrittenVoicesBlog.com spotlights African American Literature that Edifies the Soul. [Self-hosted WordPress.org] 5

Michael Hyatt http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt, former CEO of Thomas Nelson, uses his blogging platform to teach about leadership. He currently has started a podcast, This Is Your Life, to go along with his blog. [Self-hosted WordPress.org]

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Chip MacGregor http://www.chipmacgregor.com/

Seth Godin http://sethgodin.typepad.com/ Seth Godin has written thirteen books and is the founder of Squidoo.com. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. [Typepad.com]

Chip MacGregor is a literary agent at MacGregor Literary. He provides great advice to authors and writers about the publishing industry and book marketing. [Typepad.com]

WordPress.com or WordPress.org
If you are wondering why I’m taking the time to talk about WordPress, it’s because I am a WordPress gal.  I personally began using WordPress in 2004 for my websites. In 2009, I made the official decision to design all my client websites with WordPress as well. This gave my clients the ability to manage their websites on their own. As a part of the DIY with Ty offerings, I teach WordPress ecourses. For the first lesson of WordPress Basics, I felt it was necessary to explain the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. On the next page, you can click to take a sneak peek at the video-based lesson from the e-course.
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