“List your social media handles” the submission guidelines required. Arrgh is a common reply of authors to this task. I invite you to check out this hilarious sketch by Dennis Cass who captures the arrgh well.
But back to my handles. Let’s see:
- I email quite often; does that count? Probably not.
- I check my Facebook page every 6-8 weeks. Sometimes I Like almost everything, even the silly stuff, but sometimes I’m not in a liking mood. I rarely post. Oh, and come to think of it, I have a professional FB page too, but have never quite figured out how it works.
- A few years ago, I Linked-in and have messaged others through that handle half-a-dozen times.
- I have a Twitter account but don’t yet Tweet, though I have saved a link about effective Tweeting for someday, maybe.
- My subscriber email list of 500 is handy for staying in touch with this modest fan base. In 2017, though, I sent only one message viewed by 221 of you.
- My crowning glory, my pride and joy, is cristyfossum.com, my website. Professionally done, it’s pleasing to the eye, at least to my eye. You can purchase my books there and read this blog, Reflections on any given day, which you can see is irregularly written.
- Oh! and I have a YouTube video from my Kickstarter campaign.
There they are, my social media handles. They stretch my technological skills and my pocketbook and take time from revising and submitting my novel. As long as I pursue publication, however, my social media presence is important.
And I’m not quite ready to give up the publication dream. Modest drum roll please: on the basis of my query letter and the first 25 pages, a publisher of excellent repute has requested the manuscript of Beyond the Gate. (Maybe she’s reading it this very minute!) That request is so affirming and encouraging that I will persist for a while longer before making Beyond the Gate available as an eBook and retire from writing books. And social media.
In this meantime, I appeal to you, as always, to do what you are able/moved to do to help enlarge my social media presence. Please go to cristyfossum.com and like it on Facebook. Or go to Goodreads or Amazon and review Sunday by Sunday (as several of you have done. Thanks again.)
Or Comment on this post. . . with suggestions you may have for me. . . or share your attitudes/practices regarding social media. . . or say what you thought of Dennis Cass’s video. . .