Friday, January 25, 2019

Writing: Getting Noticed

Bowker reports that about three million books were published in 2010. I'm certain that almost a decade later, that number is much larger--I don't know exactly how large, and I'm afraid that if I saw the exact number I'd probably take to my bed, the covers pulled firmly over my head. Amidst all this competition, how can a writer get noticed.

When I got into this writing game, I was told that I needed a website and a social media presence. This was long before I had anything in print (unless you counted the textbooks I'd edited or written, or the scientific papers I'd published). As expected, I  said, "Why?" and dragged my feet on getting started. But it was soon apparent that I needed to be noticed--and, mind you, this was in the days that independent publication of a novel was a dirty phrase. Now, when people are much more interested in who the author of a book is than who published it, that is even more important.

A web site? Yes, I'm afraid that one's a necessity. A blog? People are starting to debate that, but I think it's important. Facebook? I have both a personal site and a professional one. Twitter? Yes, although I don't use it as much as I should. But don't stop there. There's Pinterest, SnapChat, Goodreads, and many more. An author can spend all his or her time maintaining a social media presence.

The best advice I've received: choose two or three Social Media venues in which to be active. Interact with those who comment there. But also spend your time writing the best novel possible. Because word-of-mouth is still the most effective means of advertising--getting noticed, if you will--that any author can have.


Priscilla said...

"Spend your time writing the best novel possible." Agreed! Though I reckon it takes multiple novels before a writer gets noticed nowadays.

Richard Mabry said...

True--and the author has to keep his name in front of people by writing and via social media, because otherwise he/she is soon yesterday's news.