Saturday, January 21, 2012

Should I have a Facebook Page?

On my ever growing list of things to do, I have Facebook near the top. I'm not a heavy Facebook user. I barely ever log in. I know other writers have had success with Facebook, and I know a lot of readers are probably on it, but I don't know how much people would like this addition. I don't know what would happen if I did add a Facebook page. I've looked at other authors who have pages. I would definitely announce when projects were coming out, but being pithy and sharing links looks unlikely. Being pithy takes a lot of work. If you have an opinion, or if you don't, please take my poll below. It will help me know what I should do. Thanks!

Should I have a Facebook Page?




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4 comments :

Anonymous said...

I hate the idea of being first to post a comment, but I just wanted to let you know the reason behind my own personal "yes" vote! When I am waiting @the doctor's office, or in line @the grocery store or any where mundane I whip out my smartphone and peek @the Facebook to see what's new. I don't generally peruse blogs, now matter how much I may like them, FB is just so much faster to access. =) I think it's a great tool for both you AND your fans!

S.A. Hunter said...

Anon,

Thank you so much for commenting and for the feedback! I didn't know Facebook was so easy to use on the smartphone. I've never actually looked at the website that way. I will definitely keep that in mind. So far, the overwhelming majority seems to think I should have a Facebook page.

Walter Boomsma said...

Thanks for posting the question... I stumbled on to your blog while researching the wisdom of a FB page... in part because I'll be releasing my first self-published book soon. I'm still ambivalent, so I haven't voted or decided. I see way too many people thinking that being on Facebook is solution to everything! If you'd like to connect it might be fun to share thoughts.

S.A. Hunter said...

Walter Boomsma,

I think Facebook does have some benefits. I am glad I set up the page. I haven't really found new fans (though one person says they picked up Scary Mary because of a friend's like), but those that have read my books have found me on there. It's another way to connect to the fans. I've received many comments and messages on Facebook that I might not have received otherwise. I do not post often, but when I do, it seems well received, especially if it's news about my work. The little links I post to non-work things, seem to not go over much, but I think it gives readers a little insight into me.

Another thing to remember, you don't have to do everything at once. You can faze things in as you go. I didn't join Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter and so on immediately. And I participate in all differently. (Twitter is pretty stagnant actually.) Don't overwhelm yourself with too much social media. Do what you feel comfortable with is the best advice I can give. A lot of this stuff is a slow burn anyway. It may take months to years to build up your fan base.