One of the recurring pieces of advice every author gets these days, "You must have a platform on social media." is repeated almost as often as, "Write hot: edit cold."
I've played on Facebook, Pintrest, Plague, and Twitter and yet never quite got the hang of how social media works for marketing books. I usually just end up reposting, retweeting, and repinning stuff, and making a lot of new friends, (mostly other authors) and spending a huge amount of time lost on the screen.
Then it hit me. I need to connect with readers. Guess where most of the readers on the internet are? Goodreads! Yep, only took me about four years to figure that out.
Anyway, having an Authorpage allows me to do giveaways and lots of other fun stuff. Right now, I have a giveaway running for a signed copy of Pangaea. Go ahead and enter if you'd haven't yet. The other neat thing is that each of my blog posts shows up on my Authorpage along with books I'm reading and any reviews I'm posted for books. So far, I really like having everything all in one place like this.
Here's the link if you'd like to check it out. Anna Questerly on Goodreads
I'm also going to change things up a bit on my blog. Like I said, I've met a lot of amazing writers, both online and in my store. Starting next month, I'll be introducing them to you each Friday. I've learned so much from these folks, or simply enjoyed their writing, and can't wait to share them with you.
Right now, I'm getting ready for the Tucson Festival of Books. Just made our hotel reservations, Yay! This is Arizona's largest book fair with more than 500 authors and 100,000+ readers attending the weekend event. Last year, I had a young woman come up to see if I had anything new out. (I didn't.) and the look of disappointment on her face, forced me to set the deadline for Pangaea so it would be available for the festival. If you're going, look me up. I'll be in booth 106 along with about twenty amazing authors.
Oh, dear! We just received a huge collection of children's books into the store and I need to get busy shelving them, We'll talk again soon.