I may not have won Kindle Scout, but I learned a heck of a lot about blogging and marketing. This blog post is recapping my 30 day campaign:
That’s a ton of hashtags!
As a millennial, it isn’t surprising that I LOVE social media. I am the person walking down the street with her phone in her hand. I guess I don’t need to “disconnect.” It’s fun to catch up with friends, or read local news, or post my favorite cat meme.
However, as an author, the task of sharing on social media is daunting. I don’t mind if my Aunt Sally doesn’t comment on my picture of dinner last night, but there is a negative outcome if people don’t like my author posts…they won’t read my books! The trick is to ensure the information you share is interesting and useful for the reader. Keep ’em coming back for more!
Today’s post is an example. I prepared the picture below, which is a setting for my book called The Light of Supremazia, and I’m going to write this blog post on managing your social media and post it on all my sites. The picture might be intriguing for a potential reader, but if not, at least they got some value out of my post on social media presence.
Here are all the sites today’s theme will be posted on:
Vote for The Light of Supremazia on Kindle Scout!
Imagine, sitting at your desk, listening to your ear buds, and formatting an excel spreadsheet when Bruno Mars’s Uptown Funk pops up on your Spotify. Do you fight the urge to dance?
Check out the video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPf0YbXqDm0
COLD FEET, WARM HEART
My inspiration today is my goofy interpretation:
Not fair to complain when the northeast is in the dregs of winter, but I moved to California for the weather, right?
Still, it pays to remember not showing one’s feelings does not signify lack of feeling.
BETA READER QUESTIONNAIRE
Today, I sent 21 of my beta readers for my next young adult, fantasy series about a girl who can see spirits the following questionnaire. I hope they are not afraid to be honest. I’m counting down the days until my editor sends her comments, and I can dig into rewrites!
A. Did the story hold your interest from the beginning?
B. Was there enough conflict, tension, and intrigue to keep your interest?
C. Was the ending satisfying? Believable?
D. Did the setting interest you, and did the descriptions seem vivid and real to you?
E. Could you relate to the main character? Did you feel her pain or excitement?
F. Were the other characters believable, interesting, distinct, and likeable?
G. Did the dialogue keep your interest and sound natural to you?
Check out the helpful blog posts I retweeted on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#%21/AlanaSiegel