The bane of our existence: social media

I’m back to writing, sitting at the desk, pad in front of me, pen in hand.

The only thing lacking is an idea.

It’s 9:03 am, too early to start on a six-pack.

I need a distraction.

Blogging, websites, Twitter, and Facebook, all of these social media problems are swirling around in my mind.

The more I read the more it bothers me that if I don’t have the right social media presence if I do not start to build an email list, all of my efforts in writing a book will come to naught.

Then I start trawling the internet for information on marketing and found a plethora of people offering any amount of advice for anything between a ‘small amount’ to a rather large amount that gives comprehensive coverage of most social media platforms for periods of a day, a week or a month.  I don’t have a book so it’s a bit early to be worrying about that.

I move on to the people who offer advice for a cost on how to build a following, how to build a web presence, how to get a thousand Twitter followers, and how to get thousands of email followers before the launch.

The trouble is I’m writing a novel, not a nonfiction book, or have some marvellous 30 page ebook on how to do something, for free just to drive people to my site.

I’m a novelist, not a handyman so those ideas while good are not going to help me.

Yet another problem to wrestle with along with actually creating a product to sell in the first place.

Except I’m supposed to be writing for the love of it without the premeditated idea of writing for gain or getting rich quick.

What am I missing here?

So should l be writing short stories and offering them for free to drive people to my site?  These would have to be genre-specific so it needs time and effort and fit into a convenient size story that will highlight or showcase my talent.

Or should I create a website for the novel and set up pages for the characters and get some interaction going that way?

It will be difficult without giving the whole plot away so if I do it will have to be carefully managed.

I don’t think I will have a good night’s sleep again with all of these social media problems I’m going to have.

Oh well, back to the book.  It’s time to have a nightmare of a different sort!

One thought on “The bane of our existence: social media

  1. Hi Charles,
    I’ve taken a sabbatical from thinking about publishing my novels. In fact, I went scorched earth a few months ago and removed the four books I had put on Amazon/Kindle because I have become quite disgusted with Amazon as a company. . .and I completely cancelled my subscription to Amazon. And to top it off (it’s Amazon so I shouldn’t have been shocked) they completely erased all the books I had purchased on my Kindle (including the two of yours I bought). So, I guess to punish me for cancelling Kindle, they denied my access to what I had already paid for. . .But, that’s Amazon!!! Sorry to be so long-winded, now on to my point. . .I am planning to publish my books on Barnes and Noble in a few months after I get myself better organized. You might want to look into Barnes and Noble. . .I am planning to. . .Writing is a passion (quite possible my obsession) so I will just not stop. . .Have a wonderful week!

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