But grumbling or sticking your head in the sand is not the answer. Just this morning I read an interview with literary agent Wendy Keller on MediaBistro.com's GalleyCat. She said,
"The authors we specialize in have or want to have a massive platform, tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of people they reach before, during and after publication. We look for people who don't sit around dreaming of how they'll spend the money once they're on Oprah and instead are out there making things happen."
Although it seems almost daily that I read about some awesome blog-to-book deal or a self-published author who sold thousands of ebooks via Twitter and landed a publishing contract, the vast majority of authors with quality material are still failing to make that vital connection on the Internet via social media.
I can tell you why. Writers have specific needs and challenges that must be addressed for social media to be effective that are not issues for most business people. So, much of the social media hype out there doesn't work or is way too complicated and time-consuming for an author's needs.
But what if just a few simple changes in what you're doing could result in massive traffic to your blog? How about adding a stream of income with your material as an ebook? Would that be helpful?
If you said, "YES," I'd like to share some information with you that has helped me and many of my clients.
Please join me for a a Free tele-class for authors only. Here are all the details:
Topic: Social #@%&*#! Media for Authors
Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Time: 8:00pm to 9:00pm Eastern (7pm Central, 6pm Mountain, 5pm Pacific)
On this call you will learn:
- The secret to having time to write
- The 3 most important things to include in your social media profile
- The trends in publishing that you must know to get published today
- Where agents and publishers are finding their new authors
- Why having a social media strategy is critical to your success
- What's working and what's not for writers
- How some authors are paying their mortgages with income from ebooks
- A simple solution to turning social media overwhelm into social media success
If you've been struggling with blogging, social networking or trying to figure out how to get your book on Kindle, Nook and iPad, you MUST be on this call. So, what are you waiting for?
Registration for this event is now closed. You can access a recording of the teleclass here>>