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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Social Media and Making your readers happy!

Well, my book "Scammer" has been out for one month now and has been selling better than I expected it to do. This first day it was out it sold a few copies (most to friends and family--ie. mercy sales) and a few others. Jumping the gun on the social media part, I also offered a couple of free download links to numerous devices so people could read the story. My goal here is not to become rich by selling this book, but to get my name out there. I'm Anthony Newman. Who am I? A nobody in the world of publishing.  But i believe the more and more my name gets out there, the better chance I will have that my second book will be anticipated by readers, hence spreading the word and increasing sales. I think all of us indie writers have a goal. That goal can't be reached without hard work, dedication, good story telling and using various methods to get the word out there. I mean...nobody is going to come up to my front door and tell me that they want my book! Enter the world of social media. Through the use of twitter, facebook, blogs and email us idie authors can get the word out about our novels and connect with readers and other writers. I can't stress how important its been to actually connect with followers and friends. You cant treat them as a name or number and through your friendships, they cant be phony. If your goal is to be a transparent writer who is only interested in selling books and not giving a crap about the reader, then you may fail. But if youre honest and genuine and appreciate the reader; they are the ones who can make or break you---then you may succeed. I write to my audience. My novels are suspenseful with a touch of sarcasm, some humor and the language isnt always clean. But thats who i write to. I dont expect someone who reads romance novels to like my stories and vice versa. You dont go to the movies to see something you dont want to(unless your're forced too!) and the same goes for literature. I like to read many different genres, but there are some I wouldnt touch. Our goal as writers is to entertain our audience and prostituting this art for money is fraudulent. I believe we as authors owe it to our readers to make them happy, especially if your writing a series. I have emailed back to some of my fans (wow never thought i would have fans) and asked them what they wouldve like to have read in the book and any ideas for future novels. Give them what they want and they will come back! Make them happy and sales will eventually come. Do the right thing by your readers and they will follow you always.

If anybody has any comments on this post...please do!  have a great weekend!

6 comments:

  1. Anthony - Pleased to read that you're enjoying some success with the book - you deserve to it's a great read. I totally agree with your approach, it's a stance I'm trying to adopt myself. Mutual support won't make us all millionaires but it will get us known. I've got plenty of books on my Kindle from authors I'd never heard of until recently. Best wishes for your continued success - Keep writing :D

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  2. @chris mawbey-- hey chris hope all is well. thanks for writing and glad you liked the post. absolutely true what you said about mutual support and getting known. Eventually, success will come to some degree. A year ago i was a writer trying to get my book out there and now its out and has made people happy (some not lol) and as long as i have entertained someone for a few hours, then ive done my job. i hope you keep doing well with your books as well---thanks again chris

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  3. Hello there Anthony, you just followed me on Twitter so here I am checking you out. Tell me something, how do you think Twitter helps make friends? Sorry if it seems like a dumb question, but I still haven't quite figured that one out.

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  4. @rossandra white---hi and thank you for reading. well i believe that connecting with other authors and readers for that matter can help not only spread the word about you as an author, but also forge friendships as well. I have made friends with quite a few authors and readers online and i believe its beneficial for many reasons. we have bounced around ideas, read each others work and given and received feedback on it and also just chatted about writing and other things. i use facebook too and have had similar results too. being married, having three kids and a full time job makes it difficult to go to any writers conventions and so forth and now with the use of social media, alot can be done from the computer. hope some of this makes sense and i appreciate your interest. have a great day.----anthony

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  5. I agree with your post.....and good luck with the book.

    I am a first time writer and my book should be out by the summer as an ebook. My cover was completed yesterday and looks great, even if I say so and my editor is editing chapter 19 as I write this and 45k words down the line and very close to the finish post...it is a true story as well, so why not check out my blog at http://thewrongplaceatthewrongtime.blogspot.pt

    Good luck and I will check out the book.....

    Nice to meet you...

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  6. anthonynewman102372@yahoo.comApril 21, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    hi david, thank you for the kind words. best of luck with your novel and will check out your blog.
    thank you again
    anthony

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