Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Writers, Buckup

I recently read an excellent article about writers feeling burnout from social media and platform building. I totally understand the need to whine with this subject, but I loved the message the author gave their followers - buck up!

We writers want to write, not hang out on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and whatever else is out there. Not that we have an issue with these sites, it's just it can be depressing to spend loads of time on line to sell 3 books a month.

But I think the answer to this problem is simple, you need patience. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will be your fan base. It takes time to get the word out there and have people share your book(s) because they loved it.

It is a slow process, but think of the great people you've met and the wonderful relationships you've built along the way. It is true there is only so much time in the day so you can't hit all of the sites. Set yourself time limits and stick to them, but make sure you do have a presence on line. Your work will not pay off if your not working hard at it.

I think the word of the day here is - Relentless. You need to be relentless, you need to go on Facebook and the other sites, and you need to write a blog.

People want to get to know you and if they like you they will check out your book. In fact this is all about building relationships. Your fans will be loyal and the more fans you gain the better. Especially if you remember to thank them, too!

It is all hard work though, just like anything else. I hear the excuses of "I don't have time", or "I'm on the computer all day the last thing I want to do is go home and get on the computer". Well, look at this as your business and change your mind about the way you are thinking.



Try to be positive and give of your time twice a day for 15 minutes each time. If you have a smart phone this helps. You can go on your Facebook and Twitter and whatever else you like on your breaks if you work, or when your watching TV. 

Be patient, it will all be worth it. But again, like a good wine, it takes time!

Do you ever feel this way as an author? Do you ever ask yourself why am I doing this? Drop me a comment and let me know what you do to get through the social media blues!

Until Friday, have a great week everyone and don't forget to thank your fans!

Love, Lisa 

7 comments:

  1. Excellent advice. One way to look at it might be to compare social media to a neighborhood bar. You can hang around all day drinking and get nothing else done or you can make a focused visit where you do some schmoozing and dropping off some publicity materials before you head on out to go to the next bar. Steady and sober is a good way to go.

    Lee
    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Thanks Lee! Your feedback always means the world to me! you are a great support and friend! good luck with your blog tour A to Z this year! I wish you success!

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  2. Hi Lisa, Arlee and everyone else reading. :-)

    I've been writing for approximately two years on a professional basis (all my life on and off up to then. I'm 48) and two years ago when I saw that things weren't taking off in a week (how foolish and impatient was I back then lol), I felt very discouraged and disillusioned at not getting many instant fans/followers and sales, but as you rightly say, it takes time. I'm much more relaxed now about it all; especially as I've learned a lot from other authors and have improved my writing by studying and learning from Stephen King's brilliant book On Writing, and I just keep on writing as I'm in this for the long haul for many years to come. We write because we're writers and we love it but it's cool that we can support ourselves too and pay bills doing what we love doing - writing to entertain readers (and ourselves in the process too).

    My main motive in writing is to create characters, storylines and to breathe life into them which I enjoy immensely, any money I get pays those pesky bills but if I won the lottery this week I would still write as not doing so well, I'd get terrible withdrawal symptoms as even when I'm not writing I'm thinking of characters or some information to add or change or whatever (even when lying in bed trying to get to sleep I'm visualising plots or new book titles or whatever lol). I have vivid dreams too and write snippets of information down when I wake up, to add to a story.

    I promote and market several times a week - not daily - on social sites and elsewhere as I feel I want to focus more on the writing and creating new books than promoting and marketing daily, but I do what I can as time permits.

    We are all different and we all do our own thing in different ways and as long as we continue creating new stories over the years then our readers are happy. :-) I totally agree that it's good to allow our readers to get to know us as people, the person behind the books, and I recently set up a regular blog so hopefully will slowly build up a fan base over the months and years. I'm on lots of different websites and have my own too and wow doesn't time go fast when we're trying to keep up with it all as well as write our books.

    I do think it's great that as authors we can also chat with other authors - not just with readers - so it's all good. :-) It's a pleasure getting to know people. I wish I could reply to everyone on all websites but it's impossible as there's thousands of groups, blogs and sites, but I do what I can. That's all we can do isn't it - our best.

    Keep up the good work everyone, never give up and if you ever feel discouraged or disillusioned like I did, fear not because as time goes on and you write more books, success will happen eventually and you'll have devoted readers. Never ever give up. Who knows what you could have accomplished if you hadn't given up.

    Have a great weekend, nice to 'meet' you.

    P.s apologies for my rambling on and the post being long, I intended it to be shorter.


    Angela

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    1. Thanks Angela for your encouraging words and thanks for posting on my blog. I completely understand about relaxing a bit when it comes to social media. I've now decided to do that myself. I am going down to post on my blog only once a week and working on the writing more instead. I think getting out the books is where my energy should lie and I much prefer it. You're also right, all we can do is our best.

      Don't worry about the rambling, hey, your a writer lol! I appreciate your support and I will check out your books!

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  3. Angela, what a thoughtful and encouraging reply. I wish you well.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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  4. Hi Arlee, thank you, I wish you well too and hope that you enjoy a great weekend. I found your initial post very encouraging and inspiring and I learned a lot from it.

    Regards,


    Angela

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