I just spent two incredibly fantastic days at West Coast Christian Writers Conference. If you’ve never been to a writer’s conference I highly encourage you to find one and attend. Even if you have been there and done that, I still encourage you to attend at least once a year. Conferences are a great way to connect with other authors, find critique and support groups and keep up with trade news in an ever evolving industry.
Three tips to consider:
- Separate your personal social media from your professional social media. The easiest way to do this is with your name. For example, my personal FaceBook name is Terese Ucci Belme. When I create my author FaceBook page it will be Terese Belme, as will all the other social media I will use professionally.
- Know your way around each of the social media sites you use to promote yourself in terms of your stats; how many followers you have, how many hits your blog gets on a monthly basis, what are your top posts. One author told us she was approached by a well known publisher who asked her how many followers she had on a certain site and she told him the exact number and he said, “You’re right, I checked this morning.” Don’t pad your information, always be honest. Publishers, agents and editors will do their due diligence.
- Whether posting to your personal or professional social media always maintain your credibility. Be the same person on your personal social media as you are on your professional media. I can’t stress this one enough!
I hope these tips were helpful. If you have other tips you’d like to share on creating a platform please feel free to leave them in the comments below.