Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Jennifer Ellis

I already have a Facebook account, and posted here about the pros and cons of setting up a Facebook author page versus just having a personal profile. I decided to go the route of keeping my personal profile and have added a lot of writer friends, and have done some very successful promotion on Facebook. I also have a Twitter account and have a not too shabby 885 followers.

But I keep hearing that Google+ is better than Facebook and Twitter, and certainly, even with my limited use of Google+, I can see that I have had 2,456 views with almost no effort at all. I find Facebook a bit awkward for book promotion and talking about writing because my non-writing related friends do not always want to hear about my writing, and my writing friends are not necessarily interested in my trip to Oregon, or my son’s habit of wearing filthy clothes. Twitter just seems like a scrolling newscast in which there is too much noise for most people to catch much. I definitely tweet, have a list of tweeters that I watch, and try to engage with some of my writer friends there, but in my mind Twitter is not ideal.

So I decided to explore what Google+ can do for me. You will have to be patient with me as I review the material and formulate my opinion—and this is just a layperson’s view. I am not a super techie or social media expert. But perhaps that will help me to consider some of these things in plain language—or explore where Google+ and its cadre of experts are just not making themselves clear. This week I am going to look at why people think Google+ is the best social media platform for authors. In subsequent weeks, I will talk about my experiences using the tools Google+ provides.

Main advantages of Google+ for writers

1) You can more easily direct your content via circles

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Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Tips for Better Mystery Writing - Elizabeth Spann Craig http://ow.ly/D1hbY  
  2. How to Revise Bullet Lists for Grammatical Consistency http://ow.ly/D1hyt  
  3. Janet Reid, Literary Agent: Query Question: What do I do with multiple offers http://ow.ly/D1hDe  
  4. 9 Simple Tips for Writing Clearer & Cleaner | Jennifer Chen http://ow.ly/D1hJP
  5. 11 best practices for working with an editor - Alexandra Samuel http://ow.ly/D1hWs
  6. Can I make my main character an antagonist? http://ow.ly/D1i1R
  7. How Sensitivity Can Enhance Creativity | The Creative Mind http://ow.ly/D1i5I
  8. Building A World: Basic Concepts | Fantasy-Faction http://ow.ly/D1ifu
  9. The Craft of Outlining by Kiki Sullivan http://ow.ly/D1ilA
  10. Why should authors care about Google+? | The Indie Writer's Guide http://ow.ly/D1isj
  11. Character Talents and Skills: ESP (Clairvoyance) - WRITERS HELPING WRITERSWRITERS HELPING WRITERS http://ow.ly/D1iGD
  12. Anne R. Allen's Blog: Living with Robot Overlords: How to Survive in Our Cyborg World http://ow.ly/D1jOl
  13. How to Research Your Competition on Facebook | Social Media Examiner http://ow.ly/D1kaa
  14. A Balance of Strengths to Take Your Story Higher - Writingeekery http://ow.ly/D1ksK
  15. 3 Book Promos: The Results Are In | Molly Greene: Writer http://ow.ly/D1kzo
  16.  How to Get Traffic to Your Author Website: 30+ Tips for Discouraged Writers | Your Writer Platform http://ow.ly/D1kZi
  17. The Best Writing Podcasts For Authors & Writers | Author Media http://ow.ly/D1l9J
  18. How to Overcome Writer's Block: 14 Tricks That Work http://ow.ly/D1li4
  19. Goodreads Giveaways: Don’t Do What You’re Told | Catherine, Caffeinated http://ow.ly/D1lrK
  20. Why I LOVE Cliches and Tropes http://ow.ly/D2lGX
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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