Social Networking – does it work?

Well the answer has to be yes, doesn’t it? Sites like Facebook and Twitter are but two of the phenomenally successful sites out there. However, as a writer, I find myself competing with various posts about people’s lives, pets, travels not to mention other authors, all trying to get their books noticed.

So what have I done about it? Well I’ve joined the fairly new Google +, which at the moment isn’t so swamped with posts, but its popularity is steadily growing. Is that all? you ask; no it isn’t. I’ve also joined a site, set up by fellow writer Ryan Holmes, that’s exclusively for writers. So what? you might say, they’re plenty of such sites. Not like this one.

Not only is Griffin’s Quill both stylish and professional in appearance, it also cares about those who post their work there. There’s room to breath, unlike the crowded atmosphere of other social networking sites. You can get honest feedback on your work, exchange banter with your fellow writers, all on a more personal level than the big guys.

Now don’t get me wrong, the big sites are great, they do offer the individual the chance to make friends, forge connections, advertise whatever you wish, within reason, but for me they’re a bit too overwhelming at times. It’s great to visit Facebook and Twitter, but boy, oh boy, it’s fantastic to come “home” to Griffin’s Quill, kick back and interact with my fellow scribes.

To see samples of my novels and others, go to:

http://griffinsquill.com/quill-bearers/katejack/

 

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44 Responses to “Social Networking – does it work?”

  1. Another great blog, Kate!

    Yeap…it’s insane though the number of hoops we go through as writers. My tally currently reads as:
    1 Facebook Author Page
    1 Facebook Book Page
    Twitter
    LinkedIn
    Deviantart
    Wordpress Blog
    Pinterest
    Branched Out
    Griffin’s Quill
    Authonomy
    Cotswold Connect services for businesses etc
    used to be on UKAuthors.com
    and am working on joining Amazon forums and setting up an author page there + at some point, setting up a website to compliment the blog!

    I’m sure I’m forgetting something…oh, yes…having a life!
    just impossible to do all of it every day and still have time to actually write and live! It is definitely a juggling game…but sites like Ryan’s wonderful Griffin’s Quill, really does make a difference! πŸ˜€

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    • Wow – what a list, Sophie! But it’s paid off, you’ll soon be a published author and life can only get more frantic, I’m afraid; at least at first.

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      • Lol! Thanks honey, but an awful lot of luck is involved!

        Very true…life is already so frantic I find myself mumbling about how long can spend on each thing as there are just not enough hours in the day! πŸ˜€

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    • Ryan Holmes Says:

      Comprehensive list, Sophie. You’ve given the rest of us a goal to shoot for. Thanks for listing my little ol’ sight ahead of the HarperCollins giant! πŸ™‚

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  2. Ryan Holmes Says:

    Wow! I had no idea. Thank you so much!

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  3. Ryan Holmes Says:

    @Kate & @Sophie: You two are too kind. I could just kiss you both!

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  4. Mwaah! That’s me blowing a kiss right back at ya!

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  5. Hugs and kisses all round for this fantasy love fest! πŸ˜€ xx

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  6. Ryan Holmes Says:

    Halle Berry would make an excellent mystic Lady Midnight. Great choice, Kate. Now we just need to write the script!

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  7. I’m a swan, not a duck! πŸ˜›

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    • Ryan Holmes Says:

      Our dramatic fantasy is turning into one of those Britain comedies. Does Monte Python still produce movies?

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      • Unfortunately not, they’re all old men now and at least one of them’s dead – so no more rabid bunny rabbits, shrubbery or lunatic mooses. πŸ˜€

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      • Ryan Holmes Says:

        Ah, what I’m hearing you tell me is there’s a market void to fill. Brilliant, bring on the attacking rubber ducks and other nonsensical plot twists!

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  8. And don’t forget the shrubbery. πŸ˜€

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    • Ryan Holmes Says:

      That’s why we need to enlist Mr. Jones to our little project. He seems to have that Brit humor mastered and can calls on tiny oversights like forgetting the shrubbery or how to count to three.

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  9. Ryan Holmes Says:

    Someone should sum all this up into a new post, I’m thinking. But what to call it: Project Midnight, Crouching Griffin Hidden Dragon, The Griffin, the White Dragon, and the War Drones of Midnight, or my favorite The Taming of the Two.

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  10. The Taming of the teo sounds great! πŸ˜€

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