I’m fairly new to all this internet stuff and blogging and I’ve recently been thinking about what works and what doesn’t. My inbox is constantly bombarded with emails telling someone has posted in one of the many Facebook Groups I’ve joined to enhance my profile and help sell my books. They are telling me about why I should read their new book.
To be honest I delete most of them without even reading them. I can see you’re shocked or even appalled! That led me to realise that (God forbid!) people will do the same to my posts. Sometimes when I post about my book or a cover reveal only a handful of people see them yet when I tell them I’ve just purchased a giraffe onesie complete with ears I’m inundated with likes. My conclusion is that people like to read about my real life rather than my book. Especially, when they don’t know me from Adam.
I had a great conversation on Twitter this morning telling jokes like “What do you call a man with a spade on his head? Doug. What do you call a man without a spade on his head? Douglas.” I never mentioned my book once and had so many retweets and new friends join me.
The same happened on Facebook yesterday. I’ve just learned how to send photos from my phone. I know I’m slow! I sent a picture of my garden, which is looking lovely by the way. I had loads of comments.
I know I have to publicise my book otherwise no-one will read it but I realise I have to publicise myself more. Tell me what you think!
Just to prove a point I’ve included a silly photo of me. No way I’ll ever let you see me in my giraffe onesie!! You wouldn’t sleep at night.