It started innocently enough. A member of my publisher's blog, Oak Tree Press, wrote that if one could accumulate enough "likes" on an author book site such as Amazon, or Facebook, then certain great features would be available. Sounded good, one person said she'd "like" the first one if the originator would "like" hers in turn. Great. Then another joined in, and another, and soon - much like popcorn - the site was inundated with author's requesting "likes" on their sites. From there it spread to a different organization, Sisters in Crime, that had members in both. From this new site I have no doubt it will continue to spread far and wide. It’s fun, anyone can play.
This is how I learned that as an author, my personal Facebook page was not going to work, I needed an "author" page to get "likes.” Half a day later I was the proud owner of an author site on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/pages/IC-Enger/257841080988804. Now I could begin to accumulate "likes" of my own, even a month before my book hits the Amazon site. If you can get 30 "likes," you get to choose a simpler URL. I'm thinking about it.
Once I got the Facebook page up and running, I received an invite to join the Crime Fiction section of LinkedIn, another social network site. OK, several hours later, I'm in. Don't know how to use it yet, but I figure I'll learn. How hard can it be? Hmmmm.
A blog, web page, a Facebook page, and a LinkedIn page later, I'm feeling good. What - no Twitter? Nope, no yet. For that I'd need a better class of cell phone, and mine doesn't even take pictures. How would I Tweet?
After all this activity which took up the better part of two days, I realized that I hadn't worked on the next book, Green Ice, at all. Am I a writer, or am I a social networker? It seems you have to be both these days, something Jane Austen didn't have to deal with. On the other hand, did Jane know how much her books were loved, and by whom?
Pluses and Minuses. I wonder what new way of communicating is out there, in the wings, just waiting to spring on us from cyberspace? Meanwhile, I'm going to get back to Three Cranes Lake and see what mischief I can cook up for Brooke and Jack.