One of the reasons we authors sign up at many writing sites is to learn from others. With all writers at various stages of experience, we learn from those who know more or have had more experiences from which they draw their expertise. Many people lurk the cyber halls, picking up bits of writing knowledge here and there. They read all they can. Some write and finish their stories built on this type of informational help alone. Then, surprise, when their book is published and none of the people frequenting this or that writers’ site buy it, they wonder why not.
The answer is simple. That writer hop-scotching from one writing social site to another, probably never bothered to post any useful information on any of these sites. They haven’t helped anyone but themselves. They haven’t made themselves known except, maybe, to post information about their books. They haven’t built friendships or a reputation as a person who knows their genre. They haven’t built friendships through being helpful to others of simply for the sake of mingling.
How can anyone not participating hope to build readership or even make contacts that lead to more important rewards or more professional people who can help with our career?
Some of the things anyone can do when lurking through these sites –
~ Tell how you were helped by someone’s posted information.
~ Post a reply to someone asking a question if you have information that will help them.
~ Visit others’ videos. Click to like or rate it. Make a comment, even one word. “Exciting!” “Killer!” “Dreamy!” Anything to show how you felt.
~ Make a comment on something someone said. It doesn’t’ have to be many paragraphs or even one paragraph long. Maybe you liked their book cover. How thrilling it is for a writer to receive a comment like “Your cover art exemplifies the book title.” Or, “What a great cover.” Or, “Your video has given me an idea for my own trailer.”
The point to responding at all is to get people to know you. That won’t happen if you lurk the sites and never speak. People will know you and come to like you if you participate. Social sites exist to help one another and to promote our books. We buy one another’s books. This doesn’t mean we purchase everyone’s novels. We purchase what interests us and we usually buy our friend’s books before searching blindly for something new to read.
For a writer, friendships in the writing profession are a precious commodity that lead to greater opportunities.
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