Hello everyone! Confident Reads is a way to open communication between readers and indie authors. This is to help readers feel confident in the books they spend their money on, and for authors to feel confident in the book they publish. You can find this feature each week (Wednesdays except in September when it will be Tuesdays) discussing a different subjects regarding indie books and authors.
Today I wanted to talk a bit about socializing. This is relevant to book bloggers and authors. Everyone wants to promote themselves, right?
First of all, you need to put yourself out there and make yourself accessible. This is especially true for authors because when we finish a book we often run to twitter to find them. That's the easiest way for us to shout out to them letting them know we love their book. Don't find them on twitter? Well, then we do a search for a blog. No blog? Well, if you're like me you give up. I don't want to friend a ton of authors on facebook as I only have a personal account. But if they don't have a twitter account or a blog I pretty much count them as inaccessible. I feel an email is too personal and stalker'y, but maybe if I really love a book I might take that step to email them. And even then they at least need a website with an email listed. What I believe every author should have (at the minimum) to make themselves accessible and to market themselves, is:
- Website (not always necessary if you have a blog)
- Facebook fan page
What needs to be easily accessible on a website or a blog is:
- Author bio (It helps if you state where you live for those that feature local authors.)
- Contact Info (This should include email and twitter and facebook page as well as any other social networking site you are a part of.)
- Page with all your books listed. Including cover and description. If the book isn't out yet tell us when it will be out.
Another very important thing is to look professional. I like when I go to a site and it looks clean. It's not full of widgets and other clutter. I like things to look organized and not just thrown together. It can be simple, or it can be colorful and full of life, but it needs to be easy to read. I want to be able to find what I need to find with a search bar toward the top, and tabs to find everything I need. I also need the site to load quickly. Avoid an overabundance of fancy fonts, widgets and scroll thingy's that might take a long time to load. This goes for book blogs and author sites.
I feel like I'm barely touching on things here, but I think that's enough for today as I don't want things to get confusing. Maybe next time we can expand on how we can 'put ourselves out there' to promote ourselves (sites or product).
I'm sure I missed a lot of important points. Please let us know in the comments and I'll add them in.
Today I want to recommend a fantastic Indie read I recently read. I happen to be booking a tour for it in November and December as well, but it was amazing and I highly recommend it. It's called Swell by Julie Rieman Duck. It's an edgy YA contemporary book about a teenage girl who becomes an alcoholic and her downward spiral as well as well as her climb back out of the abyss. It's an emotional read, but well worth the tears!