Quote Of The Week #6 - March 16th 2019
About Paul Coelho
Paul Coelho is a Brazilian author who’s work has been translated into a number of different languages worldwide. He is probably best known for “The Alchemist”, which he was able to write in only two weeks, because the story was “already written in his soul”.
As a child he was introverted, and opposed following traditional paths, which resulted in his parents committing him to a mental institution.
However, you’d never know about that time in his life to see him in action online. He’s very actively involved with his readers, and is very eloquent and easy going. In fact he makes it look effortless.
Social Networking For Readers
For writers of all kinds, knowing that someone reads your work is a blessing, and a curse.
Readers are the life-blood of a writers career, and sometimes their harshest critics. But, despite all that, writers need to get their attention in a world with an increasingly short attention span. And that’s where social networking comes into play.
If you spend any time on social network sites, and happen to be part of a group that allows authors to participate in discussions, you’ll have no doubt have been inundated by adverts for books. In the best-case scenario, the admins of the group will delete these ads, or reign the authors in. Worst-case you end up leaving the group out of frustration.
Social Networking WITH Readers
There’s a reason I capitalized the word “WITH”. If you’re an author you can’t afford to lose potential readers from groups you belong to, or even run.
So what can you be doing differently?
You can involve the readers in discussions, quizzes, challenges, polls, and more. Sure, you can mention your books, and link to them on occasion, but that shouldn’t be the focus of your time and energy.
Instead you should work to build a connection with your readers, because they will become more invested in your work as a result, and may even recommend your books to others.
So, Where Can I Discover Ways To Do This?
The OWSCyCon 2019 is a great opportunity to network with readers, and fellow authors.
From Friday May 17th – Sunday May 19th 2019, over 200 authors, bloggers, and promoters will be getting together to run one of the largest online book conventions of the year.
Our eight genre managers will be putting together a number of competitions, blog tours, discussions, Facebook takeovers, challenges, puzzles, and more, all aimed at bringing readers and authors together.
Along the way you’ll have the chance to chat with readers, and join discussions that you can use as a means to discuss topics related to your books, personal interests, and more.