Social media helps self-publishers seize the day – post at Alliance of Independent Authors

alliI’m at the Alliance of Independent Authors blog today, with the story of a mini campaign I whipped up on Twitter and Facebook this week.

I’ll leave the story to that post, but briefly, I saw an interview on the Writers & Artists Yearbook website, responded to it, and seem to have woken them up to the fact that indie authors are rather more advanced than they hitherto thought.

Even better (and this isn’t in the post) Bloomsbury then asked me to call them. They’d had a rummage through my blogs and wanted me to write for their website and newsletter. (Wow. Big smiles at NYN HQ.)

So W&A – the bible for creatives in the UK – is expanding its coverage of self-publishing as a serious and respectable option. But I detected they’re a tad nervous about it. The editor I spoke to asked if I ‘minded’ writing about self-publishing. That suggests he’s encountering more negative attitudes than positive. No matter. They’re responding to what’s happening in the creative world.

waI also have to relish a sense of a circle closing. Years ago, when I was a beginner querying agents and publishers, W&A was my route map for what seemed an audacious and mostly impossible dream. When I wrote the querying section of Nail Your Novel, I recommended using them. Now, thanks to a tweet that alerted me to their post, and a tweet I sent to them, I’ve flipped to the other side and they’re introducing me to their audience. In our online, endlessly connected world, new opportunities might be only a tweet away.

In other news, tomorrow I’m skyping into the Grub Street arts centre in Boston as a guest expert in a seminar on creative book marketing so you’ll get a proper post from me about our discussions. And next Saturday, I’m on a panel at Stoke Newington Literary Festival in north London, talking about multimedia self-publishing. Both those opportunities sprang from relationships made completely on social media. In fact, everything has. Before that, I was an invisible editor and a concealed ghost.

So tell me – what opportunities have come to you from social media? And what tips would you give to help people make the best of it? (Oh, and here’s the Independent Authors Alliance post, in case you’re curious about the W&A Incident… )

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  1. #1 by philipparees on June 2, 2013 - 12:31 pm

    Well done! Brilliant! Entirely deserved. I’m envious as hell, not at the reward itself, but the sense it must give of entire accomplishment, self-belief, and security to Go Forward. You no longer need your charger…(four legged, or three pronged)

    • #2 by rozmorris @NailYourNovel @ByRozMorris on June 2, 2013 - 12:56 pm

      Thanks, Philippa! You’re an example of a writer who is taking an atypical path. While most of us go to CreateSpace with a POD book, you got a short print run and contacted bookstores and reviewers. And it seems to be paying off for you. And you’re not on Twitter, but still you’re making headway.

      • #3 by philipparees on June 2, 2013 - 1:10 pm

        P.S. Just to tie up your other post on the ‘great gulf’..I may have been unorthodox but attribute it to IT incompetence. I dont know how to tweet. I can write 450 pages but not hash key or whatever…but today re reviews I was on point of sending book with courier for US review only to find out that the NY Times take no self published and the NY Review no ‘foreign’. So we still all need the trapeze you have mastered.

  2. #5 by acflory on June 2, 2013 - 1:28 pm

    Good on you for seizing the opportunity when it presented itself! You have a wealth of knowledge so I’m looking forward to your articles.

  3. #7 by Glynis Smy on June 2, 2013 - 2:27 pm

    Go, Roz! Good luck for the future.

    Social media / networking, has presented me with many new friends, (some of whom I aim to meet one day), and opportunities. My most recent will be my first paid one, and will fund a UK romance festival conference I have dreamed of attending. :)

    • #8 by rozmorris @NailYourNovel @ByRozMorris on June 2, 2013 - 5:50 pm

      Oh good for you, Glynis. I’ve seen you passing by in the same virtual halls, making the most of opportunities. Enjoy the UK romance festival. (We’re very romantic here…)

      • #9 by Glynis Smy on June 2, 2013 - 7:50 pm

        I try and mingle when I can. Trying not to be a stalker, LOL. I am sure I will soak up the romance festival like a dry sponge.

  4. #10 by Henry Boleszny on June 2, 2013 - 10:07 pm

    Hi Roz,

    Congratulations on the recognition you’re receiving!

    Henry

  5. #12 by Dennis Langley on June 3, 2013 - 12:03 pm

    After writing a post for my blog where I mentioned my other passion, shooting traditional archery, a magazine publisher contacted me and asked if I would like to write an article for his magazine. I’m now a regular contributor.

  6. #15 by Pamela DuMond on June 3, 2013 - 6:13 pm

    Awesome! Congratulations, Roz. Well deserved.

  7. #17 by jumpingfromcliffs on June 4, 2013 - 3:00 pm

    Woop, get you! ;)

    Well deserved I would say. Living, breathing proof of one of the oft-vaunted new realities that keeps us indies plugging away these days; you’re potentially never more than 140 characters away from success.

  8. #19 by louisewise on June 4, 2013 - 3:36 pm

    Good for you Roz! Really pleased for you. :D

  9. #21 by yasminselena on June 5, 2013 - 7:10 pm

    Social media is a brilliant for self-education as a self-publishing writer because one thing we do is share information. We’re all on a learning curve and want to know how to do this to the best of our ability, if we care about our readers and writers. I’m grateful for that.
    I’ve been offered guest blog posts via peeps I’ve ‘met’ via Twitter and Facebooksuch as with Duolit, and been happy to advise on Marketing and explain my reasons for the road I’ve taken in them. It’s allowed me to form wonderful bonds with writers great and small, including my beloved Lisa Jewell.
    My advise would be to be genuine – and give, help where you can and most of all have fun talking to people about themselves. You reap what you sow, it’s a cliche but a genuine truth. I see too many authors self-promoting, spamming, it’s not helping, it’s ugly. Not all will give back but some will.
    Social media is all-consuming and brilliant, but beyond my own close friends it’s also helped me sell copies of Gunshot Glitter through word-of-mouth, helped get me in Psychologies magazine – I was contacted by them as I love tweeting them and I’ve not formally sent my novel out for review yet anywhere. So be social, it’s called social media for a reason – just bloody talk and remember to listen. If you do, people will be interested in you! For a self-publishing writer it is a godsend and great enabler if you go into it with a positive, open attitude.

  10. #23 by yasminselena on June 5, 2013 - 7:11 pm

    Ick, I’ve spotted typos in that lol, forgive me, it’s suppertime and I’m really, really hungry!!

  11. #24 by Travis Ford on October 16, 2013 - 12:56 am

    This blog is inspiring. Congratulation. I sold my first self publish book(novella), “There’ a Killer Lurking at Every Curb” from socializing Facebook.

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