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FWA’s connected. Are you?

April 21, 2013

by Jamie White

“Writers Helping Writers” is what FWA stands for, and social media is a great place to put that motto into action. Like it or hate it, social media is a crucial part of being an author, and many writers are not using it—or using it effectively.

Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, not only help writers sell books, they’re great for sharing important information and building a valuable support system. From articles on how to market your books, to tips on how to “show, not tell,” and late-breaking news on changes in the e-publishing world, social media keeps a writer connected and informed.

So how do you use social media most effectively? The way I see it, there are two big rules to connecting effectively on your own profiles, as well as within FWA social networks:

Rule #1? Don’t spam. I have seen more than one group start out as a great place to exchange ideas, only to quickly become a wasteland of links to books that no one “likes” or comments on. Why?People are too focused sharing theirs to pay attention, but there is a way to combat this.

Does this mean you shouldn’t share your book links? No. It’s okay to share your links, but you’ll get more notice if you’re an active participant. Comment on people’s books, ask questions, and start conversations. Sometimes, people are just looking for that one person to break the ice.

Rule #2? Join the big three: Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Accounts are free and easy to set up. Just make sure you share funny pictures, interesting articles, and comments on things that relate to what you write about as well as news about your writing and upcoming books.

Create interest lists on Facebook, lists on Twitter, and circles on Google+ so you can check one or two on each per day to comment on people’s posts. Why these three sites? They’re the largest and have the most reach.

Pinterest is also a great place that’s quickly catching up with the others, where you can pin favorite books and articles, as well as pictures. I have “inspiration” boards on my account, where I share articles and blogs related to my books’ topics. I also have a board where I pin favorite songs through Amazon.  To avoid copyright issues, only pin things from Amazon or blogs that have enabled the “pin” option in their sharing menu..

How can FWA help you make the most of your social media experience and help you grow as a writer?

We’ve got a Facebook page and Facebook group, along with a the FWA network, a members-only networking site where you can keep up on FWA news and talk with other FWA members.

Like the page, and you can stay up to date on what’s going on with FWA and its members. For example, we recently shared news of an FWA member’s publication in an e-magazine. You’ll gain valuable information about the publishing industry and writing-related posts, too.

Join the group, and you’ll find information about new books and chat with fellow writers. When going through the writing process, nothing’s more valuable than connecting with others who are going through the same things you are, and you won’t find a better bunch than your own local FWA members.

On the FWA Network, you’ll find lots of helpful groups related to your region to help you connect locally and find writing groups. Join in and ask any questions you have about FWA, conferences, and much more.  Remember to share any helpful info we share with others so they can benefit as well.

I’ve recently been put in charge of building FWA’s social-media presence, so I’ll be doing everything I can to help make FWA’s accounts a source of support to everyone who joins—a true community experience. To that end, I’ll be adding a place in the Facebook group where members can list their sites and social networks. I encourage everyone to follow your fellow writers and share their articles and books so we can help each other, and FWA networks, grow.

Jamie White is a music addict, book lover, pet servant & NaNoWriMo survivor. When she’s not busy writing posts for CultureShock, she’s taking pictures, and spending time with her husband and pets. Her first book, The Life and Times of No One in Particular, was released in May 2012.

  1. April 21, 2013 10:19 am

    Chris, always helpful stuff, thanks, Claudia

  2. April 21, 2013 10:59 am

    Reblogged this on jbcultureshock and commented:
    Sunday Surprise is taking a break this week as we finish up getting “Stranger Passing” ready to go. I thought I thought share my article on Social Media and the FWA today. Thanks for letting me take over for the day!

  3. Chris Hamilton permalink
    April 21, 2013 11:15 am

    Not my work, Claudia. It’s the fabulous Jamie White, who is absolutely mahvelous.

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