Social Media do we really need it?



I know what you are thinking, yes of course we need social media and you would be right.  No matter if we are a blogger, reader, author, publisher or agent we all need some type of social media.  Yes, it can be tiring or addicting depending on how you want to look at it.  There are going to be some we like more than others and some we just down right don’t want to use.  I won’t go into all of the ones listed above but a few that I like to use.

Twitter is good for starting conversations and getting to know your readers or authors.  The draw back, you only have 140 characters but with the use of hashtags and tiny urls it can be worth it.  There are some sites like Hootsuite that you can schedule your tweets so you don’t have to spend so much time on them.  You do need to be careful, you do not want to spam your followers with always saying buy my book etc etc.

Facebook is a good for sharing cover reveals, getting a signed contract from a publisher, sharing your authors to new readers, starting street teams or a special group for yourself. You can schedule posts on your page just like on Twitter so you don’t have to spend so much time on it. There are a lot more things you can do on Facebook such as parties and groups like mentioned before.

Pinterest is a good way to get your covers out to new readers. Easy to pin your covers and people can come by and re-pin it to their boards. A great way for new readers to find you and they can make a whole board just to your books.  A win win. It is easy to use once you get into it.

Some people don’t want to use social media but now a days it is relevant to get the word out about your books or authors to get noticed.