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Social Media Sites. Why Join One?

Posted on: October 26, 2009

Jessica 010People often ask me why I chose to be on Facebook, Jacketflap and Twitter. They ask, Doesn’t it take away from your writing time?

I thought about it and realized . . .  not really. I have feeds or are working on having feed from several different places connecting all my social media sites, so that one post fills several spots.

Twitter because of its 140 character limit forces me to tweak all my tweets (which makes me a tighter writer.) I use my Twitter tweets on my blog. My Facebook info shows up on my Tweetdeck. I use the urls that I enjoy from Twitter on my blog and send them to my critique groups as well. On Facebook, I share info that appears in my blog.

My biggest reason that I use various social media sites is the chance to get to know others that I would never in a million years be able to meet.

I have found writers and illustrators to be the most generous and supportive people anywhere.

From little things like a sweet comment made while in a social media presentation about my doodles, to being told I am doing what I should be doing to build my platform as a writer, to a pat on the back for helping another writer work out a dilemma (we met on Facebook) it makes me feel connected.

Jenn Bailey put it best when she offered five things that Twitter/Social Media site can do for a writer:

1.     Social media sites amplify your message.  Someone sees what you post and retweets it, or posts it on their blog, etc.

2.     Social medias offer a writer unlimited connectivity. They are available 24/7.

3.     Social media sites can be used to move a community  into actions. For example, Cynthea Liu’s action this past year benefited a Oklahoma school district.  She pulled on her contacts to make a real difference for some school kids. Congrats Cynthea and all others who give so generously. You rock!  

4.   Sites like Twitter (I mention Twitter because I am on Twitter) give a writer a platform for rapid visual messaging.

5.   Having a presence on a social media site makes contacting you simple and brief. Quite simply,  people know where to find you.   

Before you decide not to consider one of the many media sites, consider what you might be missing.

If you get a chance to listen to a presentation by Jenn Bailey take it. She is full of . . . great info. Almost got you, didn’t I?


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I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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