One Step at a Time: Part 2

Facebook, Twitter, Blog.

Let me state first, that I did set up my website www.lynnthompsonbooks.com and my brand before I delved into the others. My website was so much easier to work with.

As I mentioned in Part One of this series, I now have to learn how to promote my books- and I’m still learning.

I was already somewhat familiar with Facebook, so I started with my profile page www.facebook.com/lynnthompsonbooks. Later I found out I really needed to create a fan page www.facebook.com/BlakeAMontanaDaytonNovel. The fan page proved to be a little trickier for me:)

Feeling proud of myself for creating my Facebook page I hopped onto Twitter https://twitter.com/@lynnthompson8. At first Twitter was a tad scary because I didn’t want to just advertise my book. I wanted to have something to say. I needed a manual on “How to talk on Twitter”! I followed everyone I could to try and figure it out, which was probably not the best thing to do. I have been doing better on Twitter the last couple of months, but I still run out  of things to say.
 
I’m rocking now! Time to set up my blog. Intimidating! My blog page is up, but didn’t look as good or clean as it should have. Hindsight! I didn’t know exactly what I should have been aiming for, I was having fun. Time to clean up my blog and make it look better http://lynnthompsonbooks.blogspot.com/.

Now I have the same problem as I did on Twitter. What to say? I was at a loss, so I posted some links to other blogs where I was reading some good articles. At least I knew that if someone happened over to my blog they would see I was reading other blogs and be able to jump from that link to the original post. I also put up my reviews of other authors books. I still wasn’t generating any followers or even getting other people to look at my blog, and I wasn’t very consistent staying on top of my blog. Hmm. I did more research. What? I needed to write posts to keep people coming to my blog. The only interesting things I have to say are from the characters in my books.

My imagination started working overtime, so I went back to writing my second book. I find it so much easier to write than to tweet or blog!

I continued to watch tweeps and read every interesting blog post I could find. Of course I didn’t follow anyone, because I didn’t know much about the dynamics of blogs. I really should have followed some of those blogs, they were great. I really could have used a mentor!:)

Thanks to Novel Publicity Author Karma http://www.novelpublicity.com/karma/ and World Literary Cafe http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/ I am now not as lost as I once was. But it has taken months of research and reading to figure out what I was doing.

I have recently found some really good posts about Twitter, Blogs and Facebook.

A Big Thanks to:

Ashley Barron! Your post have great, needed information:) http://blog.thepriyas.com/2012/04/30/bloggingtwitter–the-hashtag.aspx 

And Edward Carpenter for bringing me even more insight:)
http://read-write-listen.blogspot.com/2012/04/social-media-for-marketing-overview.html

Lynn Thomson

Author: lynnthompsonbooks

Lynn Thompson’s home is in the Land of Enchantment, and, yes, the land is enchanting. The skies are blue, the stars are bright., and there are beautiful panoramic landscapes surrounding her hometown. Lynn wades through the craziness of life to follow her true passion, writing fiction. You can find her, or not, trekking through the mountains, searching for fairies and vortexes, keeping her eye out for anything paranormal, or sitting in the hot springs in her spare time. Lynn doesn’t have a specific genre she writes in. Characters have a way of leading her stories. She follows. Lynn is also a sponge when it comes to knowledge. She’s always on the move to continue her education in writing, marketing, social media, digital media, and hopes to find the extra time to add some criminal investigation classes to her repertoire. Lynn has three novels out: Blake, Sterling, and Tarnished Gold. Blake is the beginning of Montana’s story. Her need for seclusion, at least, for one winter. She does not get what she wants. There is someone or something in the mountains stalking her, people keep showing up on her doorstep, and she meets Max. Max knows what is hunting Montana, but won’t tell her. Montana’s lack of trust in Max drives her to fix her own problems. If she had known what she’d be confronting that night, she never would have sedated Max. Sterling is the second novel in the Montana Dayton series. Montana moves to Florida hoping to escape her old life, and regain her normal life back, but her past has come back to haunt her. Not only does she start losing time, she continues to wake up every morning wearing gorgeous jewels and is surrounded by precious gems. She never remembers where, or who she’s getting the glittery baubles from and is hell bent to get back her memories and return the jewels. Afraid she has been out robbing houses in the middle of the night, she is determined to figure out what is happening on her own. That is until the dreams and the strong pull to explore the gulf. When she finally realizes she needs help, she is powerless to get it. Tarnished Gold is Sam’s story and will be coming out around the new year. Sam first appeared in Sterling and demanded her own novel. Lynn has bowed to Sam’s wishes and is writing that story now. Lynn is also the proud owner of: Dark Fates. Eight short stories that are fun, but still on the dark side. Dark Fates-Madness. Four dark short stories. News Worthy. News Worthy stands alone with five short stories. Watching the news first thing in the morning may not be fun, but dissecting news clips and re-writing them into short stories that had a different ending was a blast! Dark Fates Collections is compiled of Dark Fates, Dark Fates-Madness, News Worthy, and features Karma Shay’s adventures. Visit Lynn at: Website: www.Lynnthompsonbooks.com Twitter: @lynnthompson8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlakeAMontanaDaytonNovel Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/lynnthompsonbooks

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