Thank you all so much for the kind words, congratulations, pre-orders, and especially for spreading the word about The Secret Underground! I'm so excited about this book. It's a story I really love, and I hope others will enjoy it too. Plus, I'm hopeful its sales will help out Jayden's family.
It's will be available on NetGalley for the next month. If you'd like to review a copy please check it out!
For the past 3 years I've tried to keep my social networking simple. I blogged (occasionally), I tweeted, and that's all I did. Even those two things felt like too much sometimes. It wasn't hard to resist the urge to join Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, Tumblr, LinkedIn or any of the other cool new networks.
I thought I was doing just fine with what I had.
Then I had a book coming out.
When I told some of my published author friends about The Secret Underground, their very first advice was, "You need to get on Facebook and Goodreads."
They explained that, while I've been able to make writer friends through blogging and Twitter, READERS don't hang out (much) in either of those places. When I tried to explain that I doubt my target audience (9- to 13-year-olds) hangs out on any social network, my friends countered that while most kids don't have Facebook or Goodreads accounts, their parents, teachers, and librarians do.
I have smart friends.
So, convinced it was something I had to do, I opened Facebook and Goodreads accounts last week. Now I'm kicking myself for not doing it sooner. It's probably not a great idea to start something new right before a book comes out. It's tough to learn how the networks function while also trying to make friends. I have a feeling neither will be very respectable for months (or even years) yet.
The moral of this story: START NOW. Most networks don't take that much time and you'll be grateful to have friendships established when you have a book to sell someday.
How many social networks do you use? Which ones do you get the most out of? Which ones are a waste of time? (Please tell me! I need to know.)
I'm a mother of four who loves gardening, trips to the beach, and books that aren't boring. I write novels for children and young adults. My writing is represented by Sara Megibow of Nelson Literary Agency.