Thoughts about using social media to promote your book...
When I was faced with the prospect of publishing my first book, the thing that frightened me most was social media. That sounds ridiculous to say, but it’s true. I had a Facebook account with about 9 friends who were mostly family. I didn't have a Twitter account or a G+ account, and I didn't even know what Pinterest or any of the others were. And I had no idea how to use any of them.
I waded into social media slowly, sort of like when you go to the beach and the water is cold, so you creep in, getting just a little bit wet at a time. After 8 months, I’m doing better. I have a little more than 7,000 followers on Twitter and I think my Facebook page has almost 400 likes. I even have a Pinterest account and a G+ page set up.
But to get to the question at hand, my thoughts on using social media to promote my book… I don’t like it. And for all intents and purposes I don’t do it. I started out doing it like all the authors do, but then one night I was diligently going through my Twitter feed and I kept seeing all of these authors touting their books, and talking about their reviews, and I thought, that’s annoying. And then the worst thing of all happened, I saw a tweet with my book roll by. I swore right then that I wouldn’t do it again.
I don’t mind mentioning my book if I’m having a promotion and it could save readers money buying it, or if I’m launching a new book, but I’m not comfortable posting reviews of my book, or asking people to check it out. With that said, I have no problem talking about another author’s book if I like it.
And the worst of all the social media, I thought when I started, was the thought of doing a blog. And that turned out to be the most fun. I fought doing a blog all the way, but once I got started I discovered I enjoyed it and now I look forward to it.
I think that while social media is a tremendous way to spread the word about lots of things, the basics still must be adhered to. You have to start slow and build a following, and let it grow naturally.
Detective Connie Giannelli's life has been torn apart several times. First when her mother died and then years later when she found out her Uncle Dominic was in the mob. Her life is about to be shredded again, and this time it could destroy her.
Connie’s love of family and her badge are both threatened when an undercover drug bust leaves two cops dead and the drugs missing. Internal Affairs is looking for any excuse to take her badge, but she’s not worried about them finding the missing drugs—her secrets could prove to be far worse.
Now Connie’s racing against the clock to figure out who killed her partners and took the drugs—dirty cops or Uncle Dominic’s friends. And she has to do it before IA pins the whole damn thing on her.
Giacomo Giammatteo lives in Texas, where he and his wife run an animal sanctuary and take care of 41 loving rescues. By day, he works as a headhunter in the medical device industry, and at night, he writes.