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You’re writing. You want to see your book in print. You don’t want to be at the bottom of some editors slush pile. You don’t want to be at the bottom of self-publishing slush pile either. What to do?

It’s time to embrace the digital world. All of us newbie authors must accept we have to do our own promotion. Even if you’ve been published by one of the top publishing companies they’re going to do little to sell your book. If your self-published or published by a small independent publisher it’s a given. You’re on your own.

It’s time to enter the digital world. Set up an author Facebook page, start a blog, get on blogs that share your interests. Think if quilting is your hobby you can’t spread the word on a quilting blog. You can! You can mention your book it’s important let your quilting bloggers know. Drive sales any way you can.
Set up a website. Make sure on your website or blogs you put on the metatags that will bring people to them.

Does all this sound like Greek? I felt that way too. Thanks to a younger member of my group that is an inveterate techy I’ve learned. So search for one that can guide you. It might be a younger member of your own family. Keep an eye out for local programs at your library or college that offers help.

I also recommend the book “We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media” by Kristen Lamb. I found her book easy to understand and full of mistakes not to make as you enter the digital world. It is available as an E-book. She also has a book just on blogging. I’m sure others can share books that helped them. I welcome comments.

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