Category Archives: Social Media

Social Media How-to’s For Writers


If you are befuddled about social media, and even if you’re not, Author Media is a website you should know about. It’s a site dedicated to growing your platform online. If you don’t have the Author Media Blog in your bookmarks, you should. It’s loaded with information about engaging your readers through social media.

Maybe you aren’t technologically savvy, or maybe you need help marketing your books on social media websites. Here are a few links just for you.

“How to Market Your Book on Pinterest”

Author Adrienne Erin explains what Pinterest is and how it can be helpful for marketing your books.

“Pinterest is one of the more creative outlets. Members of Pinterest already have a more creative mindset. They are on the site to organize cool and creative ideas and trends. By following some of these easy tricks, you can make yourself and your new novel stay on top of the latest trends and on your followers’ minds.”

“Is Pinterest Right for You?

Blogger Shaney Lee asks five questions that will help you to decide.

“Pinterest is one of the fastest-growing social networks and brings in lots of referral traffic to blogs (according to one study, more traffic comes from Pinterest than Twitter). While one tweet may bring in traffic to your blog for a day, a pin could bring traffic to your blog for months.”

“How to Set Up Your Google+ Account”

A straightforward, step-by-step guide from computer guru, Daniel James.

“Google+ is a thriving and robust hub of social interaction that many people, including myself, use as their primary social media platform. It’s the social layer that ties all of Google’s various services, such as Gmail, YouTube, Photos, Drive, and Maps, together.”

“How to Create a Facebook Page in 3 Easy Steps”

Thomas Umstattd Jr., CEO of Castle Media Group, the parent company of Author Media, provides a quick-start guide to starting a Facebook Fan Page.

“Pages, or Fan Pages as some people call them, are one of the best ways to promote your book or cause on Facebook.”

“How to Set Up a Professional Twitter Profile”

Shaney Lee again; this time she offers eight tips for setting up a Twitter profile.

“When I finally did join Twitter, I was amazed. In just six months, I’ve ended up with free books, connected with some of my favorite bloggers, and been offered guest posting opportunities.”

Get familiar with the Author Media website. Use its search bar. If it’s about social media, it’s in there!


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3 Reasons Why Writers Should “Google” the News

image_new.phpEvery morning before I begin to write, I “google” the news for articles about writing and books. I plug in key words (like “writer,” “writing,” “writes,” “books”) and select the News filter. Then I limit my search to articles published within the current week. I am never at a loss to find a plethora of writing-related articles. For example, this morning’s search led me to:

“Wander the streets of Paris to find homes of writers with N.O. (New Orleans) ties”

“13 of the Most Annoying Writers You’ll Ever Meet”

“Some Ancient Assyrians Ignored the Advent of Writing for Thousands of Years”

“The nourishing quality of books”

Why is it important to google current news about writing?

1. It expands a writer’s perspective.

Writers can get too comfortable in their own writing world. They need to step outside and see what’s going on in the broad world of writing.

2. It cracks open Writers’ Block.

Sometimes writers get stuck inside their own heads— writer’s block! Reading about writers and writing can break that block wide open and offer fresh, new points of view.

3. It inspires.

Writing is a lonely profession. Discovering what other writers are thinking and doing inspires creativity. Googling the news can also lead writers to writing events near where they live.

031af4755ae7cc1cd3e91b247a816b02Do I hear you saying, “But I don’t have time to Google the news!”  Then, let me help you.

I post links to articles on my Facebook page,

Jean Fischer, Writer/Consultant.

Head on over there and “Like” the page. Then check back often to see what’s new.


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5 Ways To Use Pinterest More Efficiently

This is the third and final post in my “Pinterest for Writers” series. Now that you’re comfortable with the concept of Pinterest and pinning, I’ll tell you how to use this popular social media tool more efficiently.


1. Invite And Find Friends On Pinterest. Pinterest is all about sharing and connecting with like-minded people. Invite friends to view your boards, and follow friends to see their pins on the main page.

 Pinterest gives you several easy options for finding friends already using Pinterest and also inviting new friends. Click on the menu under your name (in the upper right corner of your Pinterest page). Click on “Invite Friends,” and you’ll land on a page where you can invite your friends via email. In the same menu click on “Find Friends,” and with your permission Pinterest will search your email, Facebook, Gmail, and Yahoo accounts and let you know which of your friends are already using Pinterest. A button next to each name makes it easy for you to follow your friends’ boards.

2. Edit Your Boards. Be specific with your board titles. Make them easy to find in a search. Add a brief description to engage viewers with your board’s topic.

Whenever you add a board to your wall, Pineterest asks you to assign a title, description, and category. You can edit this information, whenever you want, just by clicking on “Edit” under the picture of the board on your wall. You also have the option of editing the board cover (the picture that appears on your wall.) Place your cursor over the picture on your wall, click on “Edit Board Cover,” and you can scroll through all of your pins and choose the one that you want.

3. Organize Your Boards. Make your wall attractive. Pinterest allows you to arrange and rearrange the boards on your wall into any order you want.

Go to your wall, and place your cursor on the board icon next to “Edit Profile” in the menu above your boards. Clicking on the icon allows you to drag and drop your boards into any order you choose. When you’re done, click on the red checkmark to save your arrangement.

4. Share A Board. Are you working on a project with a friend or colleague? Pinterest makes it easy for you to work together.

Under “Edit Board,” you will see a category called “Who Can Pin?” You can enter either the name of someone already using Pinterest or the email of a friend and invite them to share the board. You can work independently and add pins to the same board. And remember from last week’s post—Pinterest now provides you with three secret boards that only you and invited pinners can see. This is a valuable tool for writers’ research.

5. Be Efficient When Pinning From Other Web Sites. It’s fun to repin pins from other pinners, but sometimes you’ll want to upload pins from other web pages you visit. If you haven’t installed the “Pin Button” do it now. You will find instructions HERE.

When you are on a web page and you see something you want to pin, simply click on the Pin Button in your browser’s toolbar. The next screen takes you to a picture or a choice of pictures to pin. Choose the picture you want, and click on it.  A box will appear with a picture of your pin. In the dropdown menu, choose the board on which you want to pin it. Add a description, if you’d like. Then click the red “pin it” button. Now, the pin is on your board and available for others to see.

Here’s a nifty trick. Before you click on the Pin Button in your toolbar menu, highlight any text on the web page that you want to appear as the description for your pin. Pinterest will automatically load it into the description box.

So there you have it! The complete guide to Pinterest for beginners. Leave a comment, and let us know what you think of Pinterest. If you include a link to your wall, I’ll follow you!

Happy pinning!



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