Friday, May 22, 2009

BitchBuzz: Harried in 140 Characters

My latest column for BitchBuzz is up. Here's a taste:

With the mainstream blossoming of social media sites on the web, a lot of writers I know are tweeting, Facebooking, blogging, linking and commenting everywhere they possibly can in order to get the word out on their books. A book launch is no longer a quiet affair at a single comfy bookstore, but a cross-the-globe blitz that scorches everyone in its path with your project's brilliance and timeliness.

There are more outlets for information now than there ever were and to get noticed you have to be out there. You're not just releasing a book; you're launching a media campaign for the hearts, minds and most importantly, wallets of the general public...


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Off to Connecticut for the weekend. More as I have time (or check Twitter or Facebook).

9 comments:

Alexis Grant said...

You're so right! Looking forward to when I launch that (overwhelming) media campaign for my book!

Elle Parker said...

Very timely post for me - I'm just now starting to feel that pinch, and taking stock of what seems to be working and what doesn't.

I haven't touched my work in progress for over a week. It's definitely time to rethink.

Elle Parker
http://elleparkerbooks.blogspot.com/

Jina Bacarr said...

Thought-provoking post...and oh so true.

Thankz for the wisdom...and the Emerson quote. Loved it.

Jina
http://tinyurl.com/BerlinSexDiary

Enid Wilson said...

Yes, we spend so much time on publicity that we don't seem to have time to write any more.

Sexy romance by Enid Wilson

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

This post is so true. I never dreamed I'd spend so much time in front of a computer doing everything except working on a manuscript. Enjoy your weekend.

Jane Kennedy Sutton
http://janekennedysutton.blogspot.com/

N A Sharpe said...

It gets really hard to find that balance of an internet presence, promotion, writing.

Nancy
http://nasharpe.blogspot.com

Patricia Stoltey said...

When my husband started to give me a long basketball lecture in response to a simple question about the Lakers/Nuggets score from last night, I interrupted him and told him I needed an answer in 140 characters or less. I'm taking Sunday and Monday off from Facebook, Twitter, and all non-essential lists and groups.

Patricia

K. A. Laity said...

Thanks, everyone! I know it's a holiday weekend, so I appreciate you dropping by. I think we do need to relax and take time off. Hey, I took a whole day off!

Julie Lomoe said...

Hi Kate, hope you're enjoying your well-deserved weekend off. I can really identify with your post - online marketing feels overwhelming!