Recently a writer I follow on FB has been doing a series of posts on how being more social online is helping with book sales. According to him, interacting with other human beings is actually gaining him sales.
Yeah, it sounds kind of obvious, but I admit that it's the last thing I think of when I'm thinking about marketing.
You know me. I am not social. I'm a hermit. Oh, I used to be more social online. I commented on blogs and belonged to forums and interacted on FB. Lately? I've been crawling into my hole. My safe, warm, cozy, comfortable hole.
And that ain't good. At least not when it comes to getting my face out there and people buying my books.
When I first published Dying Embers, I was out there - online and in person (to a certain extent). I was schmoozing and stuff like the dickens. Okay, not as much as I could've been even then, but loads more than I am now.
So, I'm trying to be more social. Not in a 'in your face, buy my book' sort of way, but more natural like. Commenting on FB statuses again when I feel like I have something to say about the topic, contributing to the NaNo local forum by being a cheerleader... I need to start going back and commenting on blogs again. I read a lot of them, but I don't comment much. (As I suspect readers here are doing, so I'm not getting after any of you.)
The problem now is how does one restart being social after having been silent for so long? "Oh, hey, remember me? I used to comment here, but I stopped and now I'm back" seems weird. As does "You don't know me, but I'd like to talk, too" in writing forums. It's all very daunting. It's not like you can just jump in anywhere and not have people looking at you like you're the foreign exchange student from Greater Dorkistan.
Anyway, I'm going to try to be more social. And if it fails miserably, I can always crawl back into my hole.
How about you? Are you a social animal?