Since I've started this journey of writing fiction, I've come across some particular advice that is meant to help establish new authors in potentially gaining readers. One problem I've read on many a blog is the problem new authors have in finding those who read in the genre they write. What is the key? Getting involved in author and reader groups.
What are these groups? Below I list a few I have been visiting lately. A pro is meeting new people and gaining "friends" who will see posted conversations and notices I as an author may wish to produce. A con? You have to spend a great deal of time on these sites to get involved and read the conversations of others, which takes away from writing
- This is a site where you can find books to add to your personal bookshelf, post reviews, and start conversations with other readers/authors.
- One benefit I've read is that authors who offer a book for sale/free on this site have seen very positive feedback and sales.
- See my montages on the left
ABSOLUTE WRITE FORUM
- One of the best sites I've found where you can research agents and publishers, get advice on writing/editing/submitting, and connect with others writing/reading in your genre.
- The "Background Check" section lists a great many threads for agents and editors where people who have had dealings with them, publish their experiences.
- Usually you have to be invited to join these but these are even more intimate, where you can interact with various authors or even gain tips from particular groups such as those who discuss marketing tips.
WORLD LITERARY CAFE
- Authors and readers connect with each other through reciprocal 'friendships' where you can find authors to promote on your blog (and vice versa), advertise your books, receive free ebooks, find beta readers and join critique groups.
- I joined a Twitter list where I have followed more than 100 members and I have also been followed by almost as many.
- I joined a Facebook list where I have "liked" the pages of 100 authors and so far I have received far less likes back, not even 50, but I hope more will come out of the woodwork.
- I have yet to join the Amazon tagging list. I want to create an author page first and I'm still waiting for my book cover.
THE BOOK CLUB NETWORK
- I have only recently joined this network but it appears you can network with other readers, join book clubs that read and discuss books, and view the blogs of your fellow bloggers.
Are you involved in any of the above groups? Do recommend others?