She’s not boasting about her readership or anything, but she took a step toward the day when she does get published and will have fans. She can use it to promote her books, and generate interest in future projects, etc. It was an interesting idea, and I wondered if it was a wise move to have one ahead of time.
See, since FB is one of the social network buzz-word sites, I wondered if you could generate fans there by having a fan page. You might create some interest in what you’re doing, getting the word out about being an artist, writer, creator, whatever. Generate some pre-emptive interest in you, your writing (for us writers, at least), and maybe pull in some people who might be potential fans if and when we get published.
Trouble is, I don’t know too much about it. I don’t know how to promote myself on Facebook or anywhere else, and marketing isn’t my forte. So I haven’t made the step yet. Heck, I don’t even have a finished manuscript. (Still editing, remember? Yeah, I forgot too.) So I’m not sure I could use it to good effect, even if I could figure out how to create one (or meet the qualifications if any).
Still, I wondered. And I often wonder about Twitter too. I know I’m not using that resource to full effect, and I won’t be able to really get into it until I actually have something I want to do with Twitter to promote myself. I know plenty of authors don’t get into social networking, but we’re talking about people like Stephen King (who doesn’t involve himself in any social networking of any kind). For little bums like me, I need all the help I can get. If social networking is a way to generate some buzz – because my blog only goes so far – I probably need to think about it.
What do you think? Anyone here on FB who’d be willing to “become a fan” on Facebook? Are you savvy with how to use that for self-promotion, or have you utilized it to get the word to the world about something you’re doing? And Sherri, how’s that coming along for you? What can you do so far with your fan page?
Any experiences you have, I’d love to hear. Thanks!
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