I've known about Hootsuite for a while, but when I first learned about it, the layout was a bit confusing and I don't think they'd integrated with Facebook yet. It was a few years ago. Or I could just be remembering wrong and it just didn't mesh with me very well at that point because of my lack of knowledge... who knows? ;)
In any case, I decided to try it again and now have the ability to schedule my posts to each and every one of my Facebook and Twitter profiles, which is pretty amazing! Right? I'm thinking I'll try the free version with very select profiles first and then upgrade if it works well (can't beat $9.99/month!).
Yep, I'm at it again - or should I say "still?" Some of you who follow my Facebook might know I got a gnarly cold a few days ago, so I was pretty much out of commission for the weekend. Yesterday, too. But I feel a lot better today, aside from the fact that I still sound like a bad impression of The Nanny!
Fortunately, attending webinars, watching videos, and taking notes doesn't require me to speak at all =). From here, I plan to go ahead and create a marketing strategy for authors that anyone can duplicate and customize - calendar/schedule included.
I've always known that the key to having a book that sells is the marketing strategy an author implements. Whether it be a book launch, a promotion, or a discount deal, the way an author markets is the key to their success.
That's why I've been researching marketing for so long. I've tried to gather information from a number of different sources on the topic, and am continuing to do so this week. Last week was spent watching all of the videos from Writer.ly's #Pubcamp14 series and taking about 30 pages of notes. This week, I'm continuing by attending some of Mike Klingler's free webinars over the next 5 days as well as taking classes through the Digital Marketer website. And where is all of this going to take me - and any other authors I know and want to help out?
I wanted to write about this because it really struck me while I was reading a book over the past couple of days.
They always tell you that writers should also be readers. The purpose for this is to develop your language skills thoroughly, on a conscious as well as subconscious level.
By reading on a regular basis, you're also training your skills subconsciously because you're exposing yourself to properly edited and developed writing. Well, with the advent of self-publishing, are we doomed to become dumb because of indie authors not hiring editors?
I've been thinking a lot about how much I love my job. Who else can say that they get paid to do what they love? Granted I don't write as much fiction as I would like to, but I do write every day and write many different styles of work.
Working for myself, from home, has become the best thing I can imagine doing. I still have time to be with my family, to cook meals, to clean (most of the time, haha), and to write and promote for myself as well.
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