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The Ups and Downs of facebook Promo

Discussion in 'Publishing' started by Kaylen, May 31, 2021.

  1. Kaylen

    Kaylen New Member

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    My biggest gripe is the amount of sites (when you click on them) are defunct, often years out of date.
    What's your biggest moan?
     
  2. Chasejxyz

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    That Facebook exists and people still willingly and knowingly give it money + data despite everyone knowing that it promotes genocide and undermines the democratic process.
     
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  3. A. E. Lowan

    A. E. Lowan Forum Mom Leadership

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    I have said this before and I will likely say it again and again. Corporations are not your friends, and when you build in their sandbox they have right to upend said sandbox at any time, for whatever reason. That being said, advertising on these sites had become crucial in this day and age, so what are we to do?

    Build our own websites. These are our true workhorses, built under our own (easily found) names, with our buy links, our artwork, and hopefully a post or two.

    Good luck!
     
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  4. Ned Marcus

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    I agree, but the problem is getting people to visit our websites. I don't have the time or interest to become a frequent blogger. And, to be honest, I'm not sure how much blogging helps anyway.
     
  5. A. E. Lowan

    A. E. Lowan Forum Mom Leadership

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    Blogging helps us quite a bit, as does micro-blogging (the crap you shovel into other people's sandboxes.) We have three blogs, one with Tumbr, one on our own site, and one on WordPress that is the oldest and Will. Not. Die. There may be cats involved.

    People like to read about writers with interesting backgrounds. Mine is B.S. But it hasn't failed me yet. We post about 9 - 11AM on the occasional Monday (this seems to generate the most followers) and we mostly post flashes and short stories and the bits and pieces that won't fit into the regular books.
     
  6. Ned Marcus

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    I looked at your website. Do you mostly publish short stories and book reviews? I saw the review of Nectar and Ambrosia. It was one of the books from the SPFBO that I enjoyed most—and it got knocked out in the first round.
     
  7. Prince of Spires

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    It's one of the reasons I publish wide instead of being Amazon exclusive (not that my sales numbers are noticable, but it's the thought that counts).

    I'm not big on blogs. It might be because I've never bought a books because of a blog, or found an author because of one. I can see the value if it's related to your writing. But blogging about writing for instance will attract other writers, not readers. It can work if you enjoy it and have the time to dedicate to it. For me, I have enough trouble finding time to write books. There's not enough left to work on a blog as well.
     
  8. A. E. Lowan

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    Yes, it's mostly filler and backstory that we don't have room for in the numbered books.

    Also, that's too bad about Nectar and Ambrosia. We love love love that book, and even got to sit beside the family at our last (physical) con. However, there will always be a new book and another chance, and we're cheering our hearts out for them.
     
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