Social Media and Online Writers' Groups
I try to spend a little time every day looking for free marketing and promotional opportunities. I think of it like a treasure hunt and I troll the internet, blogs, and social sites. And what am I looking for—other than free ways to promote? Opportunities to give and connect—to answer questions, to help out, to make kind, helpful suggestions, to offer some sort of service—and every time I do that—I sign my name and put a link to my blog and my books. Because I’m a firm believer in the what goes around comes around principle. I once was asked to be a guest on a British sci-fi/fantasy blog (http://greyhartpress.com/) and I thought—this isn’t my genre, no one reading this blog is going to buy my book—but that day, someone in the UK did.
I belong to several on-line writers’ groups that I found on Facebook, Linked-in, the Kindleboards and Goodreads. I’m also one of the thousands that belong to IndiRomanceInk and IndieAuthorsForum and I am sooooo grateful for these supportive, helpful and inspiring authors. And I’m a member of Authors Incognito—again, an incredibly supportive and helpful group.
I mostly lurk, read and learn from the more vocal, social members of the online writer’s world, but I read and learn a lot. And because it helps, I try to help in return.