I admit it — I’ve been quiet these past two weeks, but I’ve been reading all my emails and loops, trying to catch up and stay caught up on all the networks I belong to, and I’ll be the first to tell you:
I don’t care what your favorite social media guru says, I’ve tried it and I’m going to give you the unvarnished, plain truth:
It’s not easy being a writer, a marketer, a publisher, a blogger, a cover designer,
a girlfriend/wife/ mom AND hold down a full-time job …
AND manage to keep the pizza delivery boy from knowing your regular order everytime your name pops up on the online order site! Count yourself lucky if your husband still kisses you goodnight – you’re probably up way past his bedtime.
And let’s please ignore that funky smell coming from the hamper in the hall (did I mention I have two teen sons?)
Then there’s that pesky business of money. The mortgage and credit card and pizza boy won’t wait.
You want to make your time well spent and worth something, not to mention fulfill your fantasy of making rock star status with lines of squealing fangirls lining up to breathe the same air you’re breathing and to tell you how they ruined their book with drool and have to buy extra copies….
Our time is not our own. The editor is sending revisions and the email loops demand your attention and that latest call for submissions from your dream publisher isn’t going to write itself.
Maybe you’re formatting your manuscript or wrestling with photoshop to get that extra appendage off the cover of your latest menage book…,
And what (or who) possessed you to volunteer for that chapter meeting or writers’ conference?
I’m raising my hand here – Guilty!
The pizza boy’s at the door, the cat irked on your favorite shoes, the puppy is about to piddle and if you don’t leave in the next thirty seconds to get your kid from practice he’ll be out there all alone —
Ah! tasty prey for those wicked weres who you THOUGHT were just living in your head all day!
Yep, it’s pretty hard to keep up with all the sites, all the opportunities, and all the news.
Technology is a double edged sword, full of time suckers and frustrations,along with the wealth of opportunities it presents.
And if you’re a creative like me, there is a learning curve to tech that takes precious time away from your real work – Writing.
The good news? There are people and tools out there to help you out, and even better, there are tools to optimize your results.
The bad news is, it takes trial and error and time to get those results.
So why should you be listening to me?
Because I am you.
Maybe I’m a few steps ahead of you or a few steps behind in parenting, in life, in my own wip —
But — I am in step with the publishing/ ebook/ social networking worlds for writers like you and me.
One of the great things about the writers’ community online is … we’re all in the same boat together.
I’m here to help.
This blog will be my way to share with you a weekly mashup and some practical, do-able tips on how to manage time and media. Got your own to share? Please do!
Some of us are fascinated by criminal mentalities for our romantic suspense, or Norse god mythology for our paranormal romances….
I happen to love social media news and sites and all things techno -geek to make life easier.
If you have tricks and tools that help you beat the monster called Media, feel free to leave them in the comments.
Today is a Beginners’ Tip. New to blogs and don’t know how or why to comment? Being a newbie is totally okay — so long as you own up to it.
“Thanks for the great post!” or …
It’s just a good way to get the most out of the Commenting Conversation.
http://blog.galaxyweblinks.com/2012/01/02/facebook-advertising/things-that-you-may-fail-to-do-in-face-book-marketing-campaign/ Some basic Facebook Page Marketing facts and to do list.
http://socialmediatoday.com/bradfriedman/424216/build-your-social-media-schedule-2012 A daily & weekly schedule for network marketing to make you think about how to manage & structure your time.
http://jamigold.com/2011/10/the-insanity-behind-the-pressure-to-have-numbers/comment-page-1/#comment-7575 Jami Gold’s post on the numbers insanity to please the publishers’ marketing departments
http://mixergy.com/smith-relationship-marketing-interview/ Long but informative video interview on how to focus your efforts online. There is a choice of Mp3 download also.
Exhaustive list of what a professional SMM does and can do for you. Word of caution – writers are different animals and need a specialized focus to further distill the online deluge of book bloggers and readers’ and reviewers’ sites down to find their reading target audience. Without that, you can be spending dollars and time going everywhere on the web than where you truly need to be.
http://crimefictioncollective.blogspot.com/ Have B&N Executives Gone Mad? L.J.Sellers discusses the latest news that Barnes & Noble is selling off its Nook and PubIt! arms to save its legs. Much speculation on the future of B&N here, Amazon’s looming monopoly, and where writers will be finding readers in the future.