Social Media, Business or Pleasure?
by Kay Latour
We live in a wonderful time for readers and authors. With the indie author movement more and more people are sitting down and putting their thoughts into words. Readers are becoming authors and that’s a good thing. Scratch the surface and everyone has gone through ‘stuff’. Our stories allow us to share with each other. For some it may serve as a cautionary tale and others it may be a reminder. In any case the important thing is we connect.
The platform of connection has changed in the last few decades with the introduction of the internet. Mutual interests led the way to form social media groups where people could exchange messages, posts, and videos despite living in different areas of the planet. We became mentally connected in ways we hadn’t before.
Why am I pointing out the obvious? Because today’s authors are expected to have a good grasp on social media as well as writing books. No longer can the author huddle in their writing den oblivious to the world around them. We must hit the ground running as we roll out our platforms on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Goodreads, and Snapchat. Connection is key.
If you are new to social networking I’m going to drop a little tale here about my first experience with Twitter. If you’re an old pro you can skip this paragraph. Still with me? Then here we go. Thinking safety in numbers, I called a friend of mine to join at the same time. We stayed on the phone with each other as we made our first tweet and then laughed at how proud we were to be able to retweet each other. I can still hear myself crowing, “It worked!”. Followed by a fit of giggles on both ends of the line. So, there you go. I put it right there in black and white. No embarrassment, just fun and instant connection. The same thing happened when I joined Facebook. Yup, more fun. Pinterest and Goodreads were a snap after conquering Twitter and Facebook. My platform and enjoyment expanded at the same time.
And then an unexpected thing happened. The social platforms turned out to be ‘interesting’. I was fascinated to see what other people were posting whether it be pictures, memes, videos, or products. I participated by sharing, retweeting, and liking their ‘stuff’. Social media became an enjoyable hobby as well as a way to promote my ‘stuff’. People connected with me from across the globe and I with them.
Some of my favorite things to share are jokes, chickens, dogs, cats, gardens, books, comics, Esty sites, fantasy, and evolve movements. I am always over the moon to share fellow author, artists, and musicians work as I believe that artistic endeavors are important to the growth of humanity. Whatever your interests, social networking is an enjoyable hobby that will also benefit your work.
So, jump in there. Call a friend if you need to but do it! And you may find like I did that in some cases, business and pleasure do mix.
Kay Latour resides in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, with her Techie Wizard husband and two built-in-alarm-system Chihuahua’s. She is a self-proclaimed geek and bookworm. She loves fantasy, paranormal and science fiction stories in book, TV or movie form. She patiently waits for the return of the science fiction series FIREFLY. Brown coats forever!
Early on she found out that her elementary school library contained amazing books like Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales and Greek myths. The stories within spoke of goblins, witches, fairies, deities, giants and all manner of magical folk! Incredible! It struck a spark in her brain and stoked her imagination. From that time on she gravitated to any type of fantasy, mythology, science fiction or paranormal book she could get her hands on.
Now that Kay’s two children have reached ‘the age of reason’ she has time to write her own stories.
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