Wednesday, March 28, 2007
I often see writers asking whether doing [X] online helps sells books. Where [X] might be visiting forums, myspace, bookmarks, blogs, chats, yahoogroups, banner ads, getting reviews, youtube trailers etc etc. How do you get the readers out their hooked on your stuff?
The short answer is, heck if I know. So of course I won't be even attempting a long answer. But there is one thing I will say. If you happen to like doing any of these things, why not?
I like forums and I like Livejournal, I like blogs, I like websites and I like book reviews. I like other people's and I like doing my own. It seems to me that if you like doing it you will learn how to do it easily, have fun and--not matter who profficient you are--do it with some enthusiasm and sincerity. And because I was already hanging out in these places well before I had books to sell, I am not going to come off as a spam-and-runner (well, most of the time).
And if you don't like doing it--well, maybe not. Some authors love myspace and make it work really well for them. I never really got it. I don't like the interface much and I can't get most of the graphics-heavy pages to even load over my dial-up. Oh, and it gave me malware... twice. So I finally started my own page and it looks like I get a visit about once a week, and I figure that's me.
So, start with what you know and will have fun with... and it will probably work out for the best. Or at least I hope so. Of course if any of you have tricks and tips about how to reel in hundreds of strangers and make them buy your books, please do let me know!
p.s. the bribes and prizes. We now have the minimum three cat pet meme entries so looky: a prize. Stuff for a cat, and stuff for a person too. I'll ship it anywhere in the world :)