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2ndhandstory

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How accessible are you.
Posted: Mar 20, 2012 5:35 PM
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I'm just curious. I will be the first to admit my brain works a little differently so my thinking tends to be opposite of the norm.

I started reading an indie book recently. Poor girl had all the red edits in the uploaded copy I had. I went to find her to let her know. There was no website, no author central, no Facebook author page. No way to contact her, really? It looks like a very very promising book too! Bummer

I have noticed a good majority of authors that share here start their webpage, blog, Facebook author page up under their book and am curious why? Note my disclaimer above. If I read a book I love I go looking for info on the author not the book. I already read the book, I loved it I want whatever else you have. What happens when you write a different series, do you start new pages under that book? I'm curious because lol I obviously did it the opposite way. Again just curious on what avenue I might be missing.
tracihilton

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Re: How accessible are you.
Posted: Mar 20, 2012 5:43 PM   in response to: 2ndhandstory in response to: 2ndhandstory
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I now have everything under may name, but before I was really ready to commit I had a facebook page for the book series. I think I'm pretty accessible...: )

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misternixter

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Re: How accessible are you.
Posted: Mar 20, 2012 5:47 PM   in response to: 2ndhandstory in response to: 2ndhandstory
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I'm very accessible. On my Amazon author's page I list my Facebook page and the name of our RV newspaper. I get a few e-mails from people who have read my books.

http://www.amazon.com/Big-Lake-Lynching-ebook/dp/B0073V0AFY/ref=pd_sim_kstore_16

http://www.facebook.com/NickRussellAuthor
saxon21

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Re: How accessible are you.
Posted: Mar 20, 2012 6:06 PM   in response to: 2ndhandstory in response to: 2ndhandstory
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I always include my website, my facebook page, and my email address right after the blurb on my book's page. I have more than a hundred e-mail addresses that have requested to know anytime i publish a new book.

Put that info in the book. Your readers will find you.
2ndhandstory

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Re: How accessible are you.
Posted: Mar 20, 2012 6:27 PM   in response to: saxon21 in response to: saxon21
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Oh they are all over in mine. I was more taking a poll due to the author I couldn't find anything on. Guess I'm trying to let the newer authors know how important contact info is.
Mine are Facebook my name 2200 followers
Blog book name 157 followers
Webpage my name
Twitter book name 857 followers
jeanetteraleigh

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Re: How accessible are you.
Posted: Mar 20, 2012 8:05 PM   in response to: 2ndhandstory in response to: 2ndhandstory
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I get nervous about having personal information available. I pulled down my email address when I started publishing on Amazon, mostly out of fear that I would either get a bunch of spam mail once it became public.

I do read the comments/discussions every now and then on the author site and because I use my first and last name, I think people could easily find a way to talk to me through my blog, etc. but I worry about having an email address out in public. (Not that I couldn't be tracked down...I left it on these forums a few times.)
lorddog46

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Re: How accessible are you.
Posted: Mar 20, 2012 8:13 PM   in response to: 2ndhandstory in response to: 2ndhandstory
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I have Facebook and a Blog for my day jobs, but not any of my Kindle stuff. It's pretty important to me that I keep the two separate, especially because of my genre (erotica). I do have a separate email address just for my Kindle work, on my author page and in my books. I love hearing from readers, and if they ask, I'll try to answer questions or let them know when something new is coming out. I'll get the occasional "odd" one, like someone asking what is my cup size or something, but overall it's worked quite well.

Rachel Lord
martitalbott

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Re: How accessible are you.
Posted: Mar 20, 2012 8:24 PM   in response to: 2ndhandstory in response to: 2ndhandstory
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All of my profiles, blog, author central, etc., points to my websites where I have a "contact Marti" form readers can fill out. The form is only seen by me and notifies me by email when when it is filled out. It is a Google document which is easy to construct and easy to place on any webpage.

Therefore, I am easily contacted even just by searching for my name. :o)

By the way, you can leave a review for that book and ask the author to contact you by whatever means you have available.

www.firstchapterproject.com
diamondlifestyle

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Re: How accessible are you.
Posted: Mar 21, 2012 3:07 AM   in response to: 2ndhandstory in response to: 2ndhandstory
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I put my twitter, facebook fan page (not my personal page) and my blog at the end of my books. I don't put my personal email adress. There's a fine line. I quite often get tweeted at, that's the most popular way of people contacting me.
sargeking

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Re: How accessible are you.
Posted: Mar 21, 2012 6:12 AM   in response to: 2ndhandstory in response to: 2ndhandstory
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Social media is way overrated. I'll answer a writing question on this thread but I won't pursue some other writer with a host of personal evaluations, no matter how well intended. I respect anyone making a legitimate effort to make it as an author. I mean by "legitimate" that irrespective to editing or grammar mistakes most indies are sincere. There again, a few hired legacy trolls are out there. When I spot them, I slam dunk them. That's my basic service to the forum, other than providing good advice; but only if asked. Cheers!
andresanthomas

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Re: How accessible are you.
Posted: Mar 21, 2012 7:17 AM   in response to: 2ndhandstory in response to: 2ndhandstory
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A year before I published the first book, I started a facebook and a blog under my pen name. I joined several related groups, etc. It is critical to market and if your audience can't find you, you can't find them either.
sargeking

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Re: How accessible are you.
Posted: Mar 21, 2012 1:37 PM   in response to: andresanthomas in response to: andresanthomas
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Apparently I defy the norm because I'm selling books sans social media. How is that possible? My work is attractive and I'm building a following via word of mouth. The best restaurant in town doesn't need to advertise. When you build a better mousetrap the public finds you. That's a fact and it's not disputed.

I served in the army for 12 years. I was a sergeant in the infantry and a squad leader on the 81mm Mortar. So what's my point? Once I learned real leadership, I broke away from the pack. "When the going gets tough, the tough get going!" That's "real" world. I know it. I live it.

For instance, when I write a war story I can put you right behind the sight where names are taken and God sorts them out. See what I mean? You want more. You need more. That's good writing. Anyway, it works for me.

Social Media? I never heard of it!
phoenixcom28

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Re: How accessible are you.
Posted: Mar 21, 2012 1:44 PM   in response to: tracihilton in response to: tracihilton
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not very. I want my book to do well but I'm just promoting it not me.
I honestly believe I could have 100s more books sold if I was open about it and got for example a couple of articles in the local papers.

Anyway I do have an authors page though and I do post on the occassional forum like this. Well heres my chance

Psychotic Memoirs (Coming out the journey within) by David Forest

http://www.amazon.com/David-Forest/e/B00735K780

I can receive reviews on authors central but thats about it.

Needed that little moan thanks.
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