Facebook: Friend or Foe?

          An extremely important part of being an author is knowing how to market and promote your book.  By nature, I’m a very shy, introverted person, and I found this the most difficult aspect of the writing business.  After creating a website and signing up for a Goodreads Author Account, I asked myself if there was really more that was necessary.  The answer was a resounding “YES!”

Most authors have accounts with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Amazon Author Profile, Author Website, Blog, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, Kboards, and probably more that I’m unaware of.  So I decided I should bite the bullet and get a Facebook page.  Here’s a little story about my experience with that.

I joined up and created an author page.  I had the brilliant idea that I would join the groups that promoted Kindle Unlimited books, thinking I would advertise my book on there and everyone would jump to read it.  Ha ha ha.  It turns out that I was not the only one with this idea and new posts were created every five minutes, quickly burying my book at the bottom of the stack.  Facebook 1, Grace 0.  However, since I joined these groups that left me open to friend requests from people in the groups.  I got a lovely friend request from a gentleman who was standing naked in front of a cave.  I get the impression that this cave is where he lives and not a nice tourist destination that he just happened to be visiting.  Not judging.  Just an observation.  My next friend request was from a beautiful lady named Betty (all names have been changed to protect the innocent.  Or not so innocent in this case…read on….it’ll all make sense pretty soon).  So Betty looked nice and I accepted her friend request.  She could be a potential book customer and I don’t want to alienate anyone by turning down their friend request.  Betty’s profile was brand new and she had 6 friends already.  Her profile said she was a supermodel from California.  Wow.  I’m friends with a supermodel.  I bet she has fun supermodel friends that probably want to read my book, too.  I should pay attention to Betty.  I was playing on Facebook and some time passed and I noticed that Betty had about 60 more friends.  Keep in mind this was an hour later.  Now Betty’s friends were giving ME friend requests.  Interesting.  I looked at my newsfeed to see what my new friend Betty was posting.  I was treated to some tantalizing photos of Betty’s supermodel friends wearing G-strings and not much else.  No thank you, Betty.  Unfriend.  Which is a shame because Betty was now up to 184 friends.  Facebook 2, Grace 0.  I had a panic fit and suspended the ability for Facebook to give me any friend requests at all.  Better to be safe than sorry, right?

Fast forward to a few weeks ago.  I found out that a massive amount of book reviewers have Facebook pages and I was shooting myself in the foot with my crazy Facebook phobia.  So I gave it one more try.  I searched for romance novel reviewers and I found some amazing people.  There were so many reviewers that said they would love to review my book that I had to start writing notes to remember them all.  (Yes.  I have a spreadsheet.  I’m all about the spreadsheets.) I made some nice new non-naked-cave-dwelling, non-supermodel friends.  People with Facebook pages that were too busy to take on new reviews actually referred me to other people who WERE accepting new books.  Someone referred me to a page that was having authors sign up to do a takeover.  To qualify, you have to be a new author with under 1000 likes on your Facebook page.  Since I have 7 likes, I qualified!  Facebook 2, Grace 1!

Basically I’ve found that the Facebook Community is very supportive of new authors and extremely helpful in promoting their books.  I was amazed at the generosity and kindness of complete strangers.  It pretty much restored my faith in humanity.

So, in conclusion…Facebook is definitely a tool that no author should overlook.  Also, if it doesn’t work out as an author, there’s a cave somewhere with a man who wants to be my friend.  When one door closes, another one opens.  Never forget that!

As always, thanks for reading and have a great day!

Here is the link to my Facebook page in case you want to stop by and bump me up to 8 likes:     https://www.facebook.com/Grace-Risata-1692337781051007/

 

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