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Remember My Name!
by Gloria Teague
There's a song that has the chorus of “Fame! I'm going to live forever. Baby, remember my name. Remember, remember, remember...” As a writer, that is exactly what I'm going for. No, I don't want to live forever but I do want people to remember my name. I'd be happy to know that someone might mention a certain book title and their friend says, “Oh yeah, Gloria Teague wrote that a long time ago. It's a great book!” Along with book signings, low-pay or even free speeches, I'm going to put my name out there every chance I get.
I started with my own webpage, www.gloriateague.com. For those who don't feel that's necessary I want to tell you you're wrong. When you hear about a writer, about the buzz surrounding that person, what's the first thing you do? My first stop is www.thatauthorsname.com. I've been known to “Google” it. I want to see a photo of the writer and read their biography. Where did he/she come from, what does he/she do in his/her spare time, does he/she have children, pets and so on. If the author has an excerpt of their book on their page, I'll stop long enough to read it. Many times I've read something that caught my eye, ignited a spark that made me order the book or, dare I admit it?, drive to a book store to buy it.
Step two, for me, was being listed on www.authorsden.com. The site makes it simple to put together a page on their website. They also make it easy to go back to edit any information you'd like to delete or add to your page.
Several years ago I also joined a web ring just for redheads which is pretty interesting and they have their own ezine (electronic magazine). I have a couple of stories there and have sold a few books to those members who said my short stories caught their attention.
Lately I've kicked it into full speed ahead.
I created a website on www.myspace.com just for my new book. I'm a big fan of MySpace because I've met so many other writers that are happy to help each other out by spreading the word about your new book, leaving a nice message of congratulations and I can use it to see where my friends are going next. It's a great site, too, because of all the things you can do. On my page I have a song playing that reminisces the 1950s, the same era as the subject of my book. I've also put my book trailer on there and there's a old-timey film reel running that illustrates some of the people in my book.
Speaking of book trailers, you can go to www.youtube.com which also has my name associated with my book trailer.
There's another website called www.classmates.com and you can bet that I'm on there in addition to an all-class website my high school alumni has put together. In fact, the web mistress of the site is rooting for me so much she's put a separate link just for my homepage.
My latest listing is bookmarket.ning.com (yes, it’s “ning” not “ring”) where many other writers are willing to acknowledge you and give you a space on their page to put your picture so their visitors can get to your page with just a click of the mouse.
Most if not all of these websites offer you the opportunity to keep a blog. Blogging is similar to what most of us over the age of 20 would call a diary. This electronic journal is a way for fans and family to keep up with your career or just what you had for lunch.
A site that's gaining more attention is Twitter and that allows you to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of short messages. With Twitter you can follow each update from your fellow “Twits” (yes, that's what we're called) whenever they make one.
Something to be careful about, if you're blogging or networking on any of the networking websites, you need to walk a fine line. Inundate your audience with too much fluff and they might delete you or just stop paying attention.
There's no denying it, there's a lot of frivolity on social networks and not everyone is on a site to get publicity about their book. At some point you have to make a decision. Do you dare to launch yourself into the black maw of the unknown Internet, figure out a way to draw the lines between purposefulness vs. frivolity, and commercial use vs. pure education, or let technology pass you by? Sadly, I can't give you an answer. I'm afraid it's simply a matter of taste.
I've decided I'll utilize any decent website that will boost my book sales and make me a more visible, better known writer. Perhaps I can build a fan base one painstaking step at a time.
So, while you're perusing all avenues for success, mosey on over to my MySpace site that's dedicated to my new book, Saturday Night Cocoa Fudge at www.myspace.com/cocoafudge
© Copyright 2009, Gloria Teague
Gloria Teague, author of Saturday Night Cocoa Fudge and Beyond the Surgeon’s Touch, both available from AWOC.COM Publishing. www.gloriateague.com
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