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You wrote your book and sold copies to family members, friends, and colleagues. Now you want to reach readers around the state, across the country, or on the other side of the world. But how? With social media, you can build your platform and reach markets you never imagined possible before. In this book you will learn how to: create your Facebook fan page and initiate active engagement with your readers, use a myriad of Twitter applications to help you economize your time while expanding your tribe, optimize your LinkedIn profile with keywords, tackle Google+ with renewed confidence, build Pinterest pinboards and use them to promote your books and blog, and round out your online strategies with offline marketing techniques. (Check it out on Amazon)
So, one of the things I am hoping to do better this year is be a better marketer. I mean, I have my second book coming out, am attempting to still market Colors Like Memories, and well, I'd just like to do it a little better! I mean, who doesn't? Well, when Trish from TLC Book Tours offered to let me review and take a look at Social Media Just For Writers, I was all "heck yeah!" :) And it has been really, really helpful!
So, Social Media is a how-to book for setting up and managing the different giants that exist in the world of, well, social media. Frances Caballo goes over the worlds of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, LinkedIn, and blogging. For those who are really new to any of these areas, Caballo spends some time going over the basics of getting everything set-up, and set-up right (the first time--seriously, for a few things I really wish I'd known about these things before I stumbled through it all the first time around). Caballo then spends time going over the additional programs and add-ins that help make these different websites more manageable, targeted, and fun. This was probably the most useful aspect of the book for me, as I've spent ages searching through different programs on the web to find decent ones (like sites to add tabs to Facebook, or figure out who unfollowed me on Twitter), so having a nice list with the pros and cons of each was incredibly handy. I totally spent several afternoons playing with all the new tools :)
On top of all this, Caballo has tips on the most effective way to actually go about using the social media giants--the best times to post, the kinds of posts that are most effective, and ways to build an online following.
I seriously found this book to be incredibly helpful in many different ways, and highly recommend it!
Curious about the author? Learn more on her website, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or LinkedIn! More about the book on Goodreads, too!
And, because you all are so awesome, I'm allowed to give away a copy of Social Media Just For Writers here! I have a hardcopy for people in the States; internationals are also welcome to enter for a chance to win an electronic version. To enter check out the rafflecopter below, and drop a comment about what your favorite social media network is!
(Mine is Pinterest. I'm totally addicted. I love facebook for keeping in touch with people, but for wasting time, nothing is better than the DIY and Humor pages on Pinterest!)
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