When I have a problem (see previous post) I tend to want to solve it and most often solutions are, at least for me, in books. We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media by Kristen Lamb is $4.99 on Kindle, which is not a huge financial investment, but I still grabbed the sample first. Since I found Lamb’s writing style engagingly friendly, like having a chat with a pal, and I believed she had some information to help me, and I trusted her to keep it low tech, I bought the book. Click.
I’m maybe halfway through it and sure enough I’m learning some stuff. Why I needed to change my Twitter handle, for one thing. Sigh. I loved being gypsywriter. Now I’m CHarrisonMI. Why? Because, says Kristen, everything a writer does with social media should be under the name on her books. Cynthia Harrison was already taken. I couldn’t add MI, like Kristen did with her home state of TX when her name was taken, because it exceeded the 15 character limit. Ditto with Cynthia Harrison Author, something I see attached to many writer’s handles without knowing why they’d added the descriptor.
This is a marketing decision, and I’m trying it because I want to do every single thing I can that might possibly help me sell more books. Except spam people with pleas to buy my book.