Authors can gain much needed online publicity by marketing their work. Social Networking tools allow authors to reach out to new fans, and create larger fan bases.
Social Networking tools are becoming more and more specialized everyday.
Sites like GoodReads.com, LinkedIn.com, and RedRoom.com are niche networking tools for authors and writers alike.
Sites such as GoodReads.com, RedRoom.com, etc. are all geared toward writers.
These sites allow people to meet industry professionals and make new contacts.
Writing improvement increases because the authors can provide one another with advice, personal experience, etc.
Authors can mix and mingle with other genres, sub-genres, etc. by attending local writers meetings hosted by these various websites.
A lot of good can come from these niche networking sites.
Websites such as PostSecret.com, supported by authors raised nearly $500,000 for a suicide hotline, encouraging others to “post” their “secrets” about anything embarrassing, or shameful in their lives.
The best authors on Twitter connect with their fans to create lasting, meaningful friendships.
“ Too much i nformation.” –Many writers are looked down upon for their constant “twitter updates.”
Many people feel that they are only trying to be sold a product
These constant, pointless updates drive away potential fans, clients, agents, and anyone else who might become annoyed by the never-ending annoying banter.
Problem: Are people spending too much time on the Internet?
Solution: Websites such as Ping.fm allow users to update all of their social networking sites all at once. Very easy to use!
Authors are warned against the Internet, a potential consuming time-waster. Make the most of it!
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