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SLOW DOWN AND SMELL THE COFFEE!

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A blog about the craft of writing

March Moonday Madness has become Social Media Monday’s. We started off with Keri Silk and her new book Virtual Freedom: Stop Wasting Time on the Web – Get and Retain Customers Effortlessly. Read Keri’s blog “Don’t Should On Yourself” HERE. Last week I blogged on one of the easy ways we newbies can improve your blog. I’m sure some of you noticed I violated it immediately. To find out my number one tip for bloggers, click HERE.  Today I’m adding in another nugget in my series of where people go wrong with blogs.

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SLOW DOWN AND SMELL THE COFFEE!

If you read Keri’s blog, she advised figuring out what you want to do with your blog and your business and directing your efforts. I’m going to take that one step farther and say, only do what you enjoy.

“So, my recommendation to my clients is: find things to do online that you enjoy (blogging, answering interviews, hosting a website, talking on twitter, etc.) and do those things in moderation. Be authentic, have fun with it, and keep the time commitment reasonable.” Sara Megibow, March 2012 Nelson Literary Agency Newsletter.

As busy beavers we work, work, work at out chosen career. And we blog, blog, blog trying to maintain what others have said we need to do. When we try to do too much it not only takes the focus away from our writing, but it rips all the enjoyment out of it. One of the lovely things about being an author is having a career you love and when you add in too many things you don’t love, what happens? You end up hating the career that is supposed to be your dream.

No one want to end up hating their dream. Writing is tough anyway, it should at least be fun.  Limit yourself, not just to doing what you have time for and advances your readership, but doing the things you enjoy. For instance, I don’t do Linked In. I tried it and I realized it didn’t connect me to readers, just business people. I don’t have time for that. Maybe some of you have found it valuable, but I think it’s just one more thing for me to do. So I’ve opted out.

I am still struggling with Facebook. I don’t love the format and just when I think I’m figuring it out, they change things. REALLY don’t like that. But I’m able to struggle along with it and it can be fun seeing what everyone else is up to. I figure it will get easier, so I’m keeping it. I do like seeing everyone’s comments and there is so much more room than Twitter. So for me, it’s a keeper.

The real keeper is Goodreads. I am just starting to explore Goodreads. I get to see what everyone else is reading and keep up on discussions. Not that I’ve got that much time to to that, but it looks like something I will enjoy, so it’s a keeper.

Twitter, I love.

No, seriously. I know I don’t always tweet, sometimes my life interferes, but I still like it. I love the sound bites. The skill involved in splicing a sentence down to it’s components so you can squeeze more in. I love the funny one liners. So Twitter is a win!

And of course there is the blog. I have two. This one and my first Friday of the month appearance on Paranormal Freebies. Paranormal Freebies is for sharing other authors with lots of readers, this one is just for me. And all of you, of course. Here I get to do whatever I want, bounce from topic to topic. Paranormal Freebies sticks to the supernatural side of things.

So I’m doing what I want, maybe a little over comitted and wishing I wrote more, but I’m having fun. How about you? What social media do you find fun? Do you use SM for your career, or just to connect with friends. I do both, how about you?

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Don’t Should on Yourself

Moonday Mania

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Today, I’m excited to have Keri K. Silk as my guest. Keri’s new book on social media, Virtual Freedom: Stop Wasting Time on the Web – Get and Retain Customers Effortlessly will be available for purchase soon. For now there are advanced chapters available and a special bonus for Jessica Aspen Writes readers, check out the bottom of this post to participate!

Authors who have engaged in or been trained in Life Coaching will recognize the title phrase.  It means that every time you say the words “I should…” you are doing yourself a disfavor.  In creating a social networking/internet strategy that is unique to you and your writing –beware! Watch out for those times you are saying should.

I should social network is a huge one! Like the original .com boom and bust, everyone is leaping to social media as the latest and greatest.  It can be. But it can also be an enormous stress and time sucker.  It was originally meant to be fun. A way to find and keep up with old friends. A way to share photos, short updates, etc.

For a brief moment it was – just fun. Then the should stepped in.  It became a frenzy of activity for marketers. Authors were told they should have a social media platform.  But no one clearly explained what that meant.  Do you know why you have a platform? Do you know if it’s working? Do you know how to take the should out and make it fun again?

The first thing I do with clients (and the beginning of the book) is go back to the beginning.  There are several points to consider but the main two are: What are you trying to accomplish and Where is your best venue?

First the What — Are you trying to make a name for yourself before submitting works? Are you self published and trying to get the word out? Are you traditionally published and want to build on their media campaign?  Each what starts a different thread.

Instead of “the scattergun approach” coined by UY Creative Communications Managing Partner Maureen UY.  Take a moment to focus on thewhat you are trying to do.  Choose one that makes the most sense to your bottom line.

Now the Who — (Journalists is this sounding familiar?) who are you trying to reach? Now that you know the reason you are blogging, posting, tweeting…. Who are you doing it for?

The list for writers can be long: publishers, media, buyers, readers, other authors, yourself?  Just like the time you take to craft your writing, you want to take the time to craft your internet writings so that they directly affect the ones you want effected.

For example:  A Facebook page – opens with books that you have written. And you send out a LIKE MY PAGE post to subscribers.  Chances are they already have if they were going to.  And do you know what the purpose is of multiple LIKES? Is this bringing them closer to buying? Are they already buyers?

Perhaps this is followed with: Great News my Book is on Amazon at a new price.  If they have already bought the book – is this wasted effort?  Enough sales to those who have already purchased could turn them off and stop them from paying attention.  When the next book comes out – they would have been ready buyers but now they are off to other things.

Too much to think about? Not really.

Not when you create a simple strategy for identifying and cultivating the right social networks.  A simple strategy is quick to put into place and targets your posting, schedules some using pre-schedulers, allows easy access responding and creates the stream of interested followers that you need to achieve your goals.  Start with these to focal points – the What and the Who.

These will drive which social networks you choose.  Knowing these two things will allow you to free up time with targeted posting. It will also save you money if you are paying a web designer, printer or social media developer.  These two simple starting points are the beginning to creating you successful web based author’s platform or campaign. It can also help you decide if you even need one (yet).

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Keri K. Silk is the author of multiple articles and e-books. She is currently finishing Virtual Freedom: Stop Wasting Time on the Web – Get and Retain Customers Effortlessly.  Mention reading about it in this blog when you purchase the advanced e-copy chapters and you will receive a free 15 minute Strategy Session.  Go to www.virtualfreedomthebook.com and click the Buy Now button.

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