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