SOCIAL MEDIA ANGST. SHORT & NOT SWEET

The annoyance of marketing on social media, you’ve all been there once or twice – share your woes in the comments.

 

1. Groups that have a bazillion stupid rules. You can only post book sales Tues at midnight and blog Sunday before noon.  Don’t post any links, only write in the thread. You can’t write in the thread, only in comments. Don’t share your new releases… 

WHY?

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Do you have any clue what a writers schedule actually looks like?
Most of the time I don’t even know what day it is, never mind which group allows me to post when – 

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2. OR when I post a blog link, or a link to a sale, or to a friends page and admin has to jump into the comments and say “tell us about your post instead of just dropping links.”

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I’m on this end of my computer saying, “SERIOUSLY!” The links tells you exactly what it is! So now I have to waste more time writing up a write up to a write up – yeah I said it and I’m sticking to it. 

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3. Writer admins that non-stop comment about writing structure. They continue to insist that you can’t write without plotting and planning first. Many of them are down right insulting about it as well.

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Well guess what, unless you are going read my books, still insist I need structure and then offer to edit for FREE, I say shut-up! I have a way and you have a way and Jo-Bob  has his way – so there are other ways. It’s called art for a reason. 

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And I wont even get into the fake accounts or Perverts! We’ve all seen it and just don’t get the point. 

Share your tales with us too. 

Marketing that works

The first hardest part of self-publishing is the writing.

The second is getting attention. 

As Indie’s we work our butts off in marketing our own work. There’s blogs, interviews, social media interactions, groups, videos, and on and on – you know the drill.

And of course, we’ll try anything ONCE.

The other day I was googling a business, and it hit me, “Why don’t I try putting myself on google maps?”

That’s exactly what I did.

I don’t particularly like that my home address is so easily visible, I’m sure a PO Box will remedy that. But I also am not hard to find if anyone really looks anyway – I figure while I’m not super famous – I’d take a chance.

This is how it looks when I google my name 🙂

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This is the results after only 6 days!

14,720 VIEWS 23 CLICKS cost me $15.19!

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Yes, it costs money, but you control it. I created a cap of $50.00 a month just to see how that would translate. It’s going well and not costing me a fortune.  You can also create weekly ads (you actually have to change them weekly, which I don’t care for) but I made a call to action, below.

Now people don’t even have to click through to my website, they can click buy and it takes them directly to my Amazon page. 

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Get creative, share events, re-direct to your website or Amazon. Take the world by storm and make yourself known.

I’m always open to discuss – drop me a comment! Theresa

Write this, that, and the other!

Keep your writing life interesting. Why bind yourself to only writing novellas or novels? Branch out, get your name far and wide. Take chances, you never know what’s going to be your big break if you never try.

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Write for anthologies

Contests

https://shortfictionbreak.com/the-vacation/

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Apply to magazines

https://1428elm.com/author/tjacobs/

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Flash fiction

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bys94diEPDLrLUVob2VrazFBUDQ/view?usp=sharing

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TV scripts – what?

Ya I said it go for it (top secret)

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If you sell one or two small pieces a month, that’s cash flow, and putting your name under new eyes too.

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Can’t forget blogging – and guest blogging

 

I have a few fun projects in the works, however, they’re always confidential but if you stick with me, you’ll learn about them as they come to fruition.

Share your fun ideas to keep your writing alive.

The Overwhelming Side of Writing

When anyone decides to start writing and self-publish the one thing no one ever tells you – unless you stumble across a blog such as this – is how easy it is to become engulfed tasks that feel unwriterly!

Yes, I made up a word, deal with it.

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I have many balls in the air. It’s my personal preference though; I like having different projects to work on otherwise I get bored. I have a novel in progress, a biography in progress, an online magazine contribution to make, my weekly blog (Hi), and reading indies to review. Then there is social media contact multiple times a day and always marketing in various area’s. I do also work full-time on top of all the above. Luckily my child is an adult now so I can do it all.

 

 

The marketing side of writing alone can be overwhelming. Which site is going yield the best results? seo-3007488_1920
Do I pay or not pay?

 

 

job-interview-156130Doing interviews. Hosting events. Going to actual live events.

 

 

 

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And constantly creating ads, video’s or podcasts. All to keep the writing machine liquid.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                Where’s the time to write?

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In order not to become lost in all the tasks, it’s usually a good idea to have a schedule. That helps focus on the important now, and not get all crazy-brained.

 

calendaarGoogle calendar can help with that. It’s also a good tool if you are submitting to calls for stories, to keep track of when they post their acceptances. Because if you create story after story and submit as I do, you want to know when they end – to either post elsewhere or celebrate a win.

 

 

 

And as long as you don’t have a contracted deadline, it’s okay to occasionally take a vacation from all of it! 59c4ad25-bade-41bc-9516-85d5b328ee1a.jpg

Until next week, happy writing folks, Theresa Jacobs

http://theresajcbs.wixsite.com/authorpage

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