April 19, 2011

Tech Tip for Writers #2: Social Media–What the Heck is it?

Writers today realize that penning a novel is only the beginning. After that, they must market their book. This is required whether they have an agent, publisher, or are self-pub’d. The responsibility for spreading the word of their new book falls to the author.

We are lucky today because we have what’s called ‘social media’. That includes Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Scribd, Diigo, Goodreads–all those online methods of sharing your work with the world.

If you read that list and said, “What? Uh…” watch the following two videos. They’ll explain what Social Media is in Plain English.

Now that you understand social media, how do you do what’s called ‘social networking’–the fulcrum of social media. How do you use it to promote your books. Watch this:

What social media works best for you?

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, will be out this summer. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

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