Please welcome the incomparable Carly Phillips to the blog. I adore her no lie! She’s just fabulously wonderful and I’m so glad I know her. Oh and I also love her books to death. So say hello and give her a warm welcome 🙂
I’m so excited to be here today. I know Lauren says she’s a fan girl of mine â€“ but the thing is the feeling is mutual. We met on Twitter and hung out at RWA National and I’m really just happy to know her! I’m doing a huge blog tour and I could talk all about SERENDIPITY â€“ it’s in stores 9/6 â€“ and I hope you’ll check it out â€“ but I’d rather talk about something different. Social Networking.
What is social networking? Here’s one definition I found at dictionary.reference.com – an online community of people with a common interest who use a Web site or other technologies to communicate with each other and share information.
OK that’s very bland. Blah. Boring. But the thing is, social networking is anything BUT those things.
Let’s start with Twitter. Thanks to Twitter, I have met authors who I really like, whose books I love, and who I can help get the word about about their stories. Twitter isn’t for everyone. Talking in 140 characters can be challenging … but I find I thrive on it. It’s enabled me to meet readers, bloggers, reviewers, authors, other people who love soap operas just like me. You can find me at www.twitter.com/carlyphillips
There’s Facebook â€“ and of course I have a Facebook Fan page â€“ www.facebook.com/carlyphillipsfanpage and I keep it updated and I answer everything someone posts â€“ but I find the immediacy of Twitter much more rewarding. Some may procrastinate on social media, but I discovered a way to make it work for me â€“ I find other writers who want to do “writing sprints” â€“ which has been great for my productivity.
I know Lauren is a big Tumblr user â€“ personally I haven’t gotten past figuring out the basic backgrounds and templates, so maybe that one’s not for me.
I’ve put up my older book videos on my Carly Phillips page on YouTube â€“ http://www.youtube.com/carlyphillips1 along with dog/puppy videos because I’m kind of an annoying dog person too.
As a writer and a reader, GoodReads is a fun place â€“ but I have some trouble keeping up. I’m such a fast reader, I forget to input what I’m reading or I finish too fast. But as a writer, it’s a good place for me to let people who love to read know what is going on with my books. http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10000.Carly_Phillips And as a reader, what better place to find books or authors?
LinkedIn is more of a work/professional site but again, since there’s a profile page, I link to my blogs and Twitter and voila! People can see what’s going on with me there too! http://www.linkedin.com/pub/carly-phillips/23/342/b1a
And last but not least is Google+ the newest social media hangout. Now I’ll be honest â€“ I signed up â€“ but with everything I do, all my bookcovers and photos already on Facebook, I can’t possibly be posting there too. It’s just too much. But here I am: http://gplus.to/carlyphillipsauthor
I bet you think it takes a lot of work to keep up with these sites? Well to be honest, the only two I’m consistently posting on are Facebook and Twitter and I make it a point to post new and different content on each, so readers don’t feel like I’m just lazily giving them the same post via a computer generated auto-post. I figure it’s the least I can do for people who so generously buy my books and take the time to follow/like/post to me!
But social media presence is key to authors these days. There are so many different places, it’s not possible to be active everywhere, but the places you are active, I think you owe your best efforts. Readers friends on all sites will know if you’re just “performing”. And I don’t recommend that at all.
No matter what you are in life â€“ a writer, a reader, or just someone who wants to hang out online, my biggest recommendation is to be yourself!
So what social networking sites are you and and what value have you found?
My newest release that I’ll be mentioning around the Internet is SERENDIPITY out 9/6 â€“ and which you can win a copy of today! Anyone who chats with me is eligible to win! (ed: in other words comments to this post)
Serendipity is the name of both the series for Berkley and the first book set in a fictional small town in upstate New York. At the center of the town is the landmark Harrington Mansion, the epitome of wealth and privilege. The series opens with SERENDIPITY, which introduces readers to the estranged Barron brothers, brought together by a teenage sister they didn’t know they had and family drama they haven’t yet put to rest. These books tap deeper into emotions than my more recent books while keeping the trademark sensuality and light moments my readers expect. Book one, Serendipity 9/11 is the story of Ethan Barron, the “bad boy” oldest brother. Ethan returns home after ten years and finds himself tempted by the girl who was too good for him in high school, but now their social status are reversed, as he now owns the Harrington mansion – in which she grew up. At heart, Serendipity is the story of a man who is looking for redemption and a woman in search of a place to belong.