How to Be Fabulous! (Start Small with Social Media)

by Trish


You don’t have to gather 1,000 Twitter followers in one day you know.

Just in case you did not know that.

Sometimes, in one day I only get one Twitter follower. <shock>

And I refuse to let that make me feel bad about myself. There’s no reason. I look at it from another perspective. I just got one more pair of eyeballs on my content than I had yesterday, which is kinda the point. Little victories, little launches, little movements forward.

So here’s how to be fabulous:

1. Do one thing today that you’ve never done before. Comment on a blog, retweet a publishing/writing factoid (@realbrilliant has lots of factoids you can retweet, if you’re not sure where to find such factoids), friend an author on Facebook. That’s it. That’s social media. But don’t get comfortable there. That’s the death of fabulous.

2. Say something outrageous. Like, “if I don’t get cupcakes today, I may not make it.” Or “The Journey medley from Glee’s finale makes my life 150% better.” That’s personality. And if you’re an author, you need some of that. If you just really don’t want to be THAT person saying such things in public, quote some of your best stuff from your book. But if you’re going to play safe, perhaps you’re in the wrong career?

3. Be really nice to your artist. Don’t feel like you’ve just sold your soul to the devil because . . . gasp, you just marketed yourself as a writer. You just did a really fabulous thing. You were just creative. It is part of writing, the creativity of marketing and promotion and branding. Don’t believe me? How do you think writers make money? Go to any bookstore and find your favorite author or a new book you’re dying to read. Stand there and realize that the author of that book was where you are right now at some point. She/he didn’t want to promote either, but they did and as a result, YOU get to read what they created. Think about that.

Any more ideas on how to be fabulous as a writer? And I don’t mean scandalous stuff. We’re almost family-friendly around here. So no naked pictures or drunk book signings. Let’s take this seriously. Comment away.

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Krista June 17, 2010 at 9:51 am

Thanks for this, my friend! Just the encouragement I needed today. 🙂

Trish June 17, 2010 at 11:27 am

It is my mantra (start where you are!). 🙂 See you soon!

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