Facebook Etiquette for Authors

Here is a brilliant article by Tricia Drammeh. I think everyone has a thing or two to learn from this. I think indie authors would do well to listen to the advice from the people who actually help them sell their books, ie. the book blogger community, rather than the greedy internet marketers who are selling them rotten advice to make a quick buck. The corrupt information about ‘social media marketing’ spread by the internet marketer types is hurting the community, book bloggers and indie authors alike.

Pestering people to like your pages alienates friends and irritates everyone. Hard selling is incredibly annoying and does a lot of harm in the long run. So many people are developing nasty prejudices against the indie authors cause of the the spammy behaviors of a few. We need to spread the word and educate the indie community, people like Tricia are doing a terrific job of creating awareness. Tricia is both an indie author and book bloggers, so I think her advice is really valuable, since she belongs to both sides of the fence.

All I Have to Say

Facebook. It can be a fun social tool, an addictive time-sucker, or both. It can also be a useful part of your author platform. If you’re like me, you probably didn’t come into the world of social media knowing exactly what to do and how to do it. And I’ll bet you didn’t learn Facebook in school. (Actually, Facebook didn’t even exist when I was in school. Neither did the internet.)

A lot of social media experts recommend promoting your book on Facebook. Some give good advice on how to do this. Some give bad advice. Over the past three years, I’ve learned a few things about using Facebook as a social and promotional tool, and I’d like to share them with you:

  1. DO set up a Facebook account if you haven’t already. It really is an important (and expected) part of your author platform. If you’re new to social media, it…

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  1. Thank you, Leona. You’re so right about some of the bad information out there that ends up hurting indie authors. There’s a lot of conflicting information, and it’s hard for new authors to know where to turn. All we can do is use common sense and follow our hearts when it comes to marketing advice. Anyone who guarantees they can make your book a best-seller with a few easy tips is lying to you. As you pointed out in your previous post, building a fan base is not an overnight endeavor. It takes a lot of hard work.


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