The Author/Social Media Master Balance
October 2012 was coming to an end I had a written manuscript but was still seeking representation for my book. I knew what the next step was but I was fighting it, I needed to build a social platform. You're talking to the guy who checked his Facebook once a month, maybe twice a month... maybe. I didn't know what a tweet was, how to blog and Goodreads might of as well been the ark of the covenant because I had no idea how it worked.
Fast forward now just four and a half months. I have over 1,000 friends on Goodreads, I'm on Facebook everyday, blog twice a week and 4,815 people follow me on twitter. I'm not giving you these numbers to brag but to encourage you. You don't need to be a Social Media fiend to get your idea or book off the ground you just need to make it a priority. Like every journey in life it happens one step at a time. That means one follower, one blog post, one Goodreads friend at a time.
I'm a firm believer that hard work beats talent everyday. Building a social platform is work, no doubt but as you begin you might even find yourself enjoying it. What works for me is blogging twice a week, I have my twitter linked to my Facebook so thats two birds with one stone and I check my Goodreads once a day. If I can do this in between clients at the gym and writing I know you can too. No more excuses, no one is going to do it for you. One step at a time my friends, one step at a time.... because in a week, in a month, in a year all those steps are going to add up, placing you directly in front of your goal.