The good thing about starting from zero as a newbie writer and building an author platform is I get to choose where and how I want to express myself. It’s like starting with a painter’s minimalist landscape, empty and not populated by houses or people (a dark landscape of course . . . because there will be ghosts and banshees and stuff). Where do I want to put houses, and more important, where do I want to put the cemetery and the haunted mansion?
“Do not confuse social media followers with customers.” -Chuck Wendig
Twitter? Nah. Facebook? Not my cup of tea. Besides, did you know that only about 6% of your FB friends see your posts? (www.kunocreative.com/facebook-reach) That doesn’t sound like a very effective means of reaching people. Notice I said “reaching people” and not “reaching potential readers.” Author Chuck Wendig (terribleminds.com) cautions writers not to confuse social media followers with customers. Point taken.
How about Goodreads?
Reaching people through blogging, now that’s more my style, especially since I enjoy visiting other writerly blogs, but is having a blog enough? I poked around, looking at what other horror writers do. So many authors are on Goodreads. They interact with fans and join in on discussion groups. There are things about Goodreads that leave me puzzled. (A political discussion group on a book website? What for?) But mostly, the site makes sense:
readers and authors getting together.
I quickly created a Goodreads account and signed up for the Literary Horror discussion group plus requested access to the Literary Darkness group. (You have to get permission to join some of the groups.)
The idea, of course, is
if when I get published, I can move from Goodreads “reader membership” to “author membership.”
Wendig also says to get outside your home and meet people, and not just other writers.
I’m going to a neighborhood party tomorrow where I will no doubt meet people. I say that counts as a means of populating my writerly landscape!