One of my main goals for 2018 was creating more of an online platform and updating my website--and it's finally done! I'm almost at the one-year mark since entering the publishing world (which is crazy to think about!) and with the awesome help of my husband, I made some necessary changes.
First-- I created a newsletter sign up. If this interests you, see the link to the right of this post. I promise I won't spam you!
Second--I have an awesome book banner as my headers across all social media! My amazing husband created it for me and I just love the look of it. He did a phenomenal job. I have to say, it was quite amusing to see him researching all types of romance book banners.
Third--I've been upping my social media game and have included my recent Instagram link on the top right. I held off on getting it for the longest time, but now I"m obsessed with it. I mainly post pictures of my dogs or drinks, but hey, I love it.
I've learned so much during the process of essentially 'rebranding' myself and will only continue to learn more. This writing adventure can be bleak, rewarding, and fascinating at all once so thank you for joining me!
I'll be the first to admit-- I refrained from getting Twitter back in college when ALL my friends got it. I still struggle with social media. I sort of have an Instagram, had Snap Chat for a week or two then deleted it, and fought getting a Twitter. Its 'just another thing to learn.' I also sound significantly older than I am, but its just my preference. But ever think about writing?
Grow your social media platform. Even if its awkward. Twitter is a huge resource and platform to meet other writers and get awesome tips. (If you're looking for agents-- they post tips all the time)
This list might be weak but its just a list of # or events on Twitter than I found extremely helpful.
#MSWL Manuscript Wish List --> agents, editors, and publishers use this for concepts they want
#Askagent--> ask a question and hopefully, an agent answers
#Askeditor--> same goes, for an editor
#RWChat-- Romance Writers chat on Sundays 4PM PST, 7PM EST --> connect with other romance writers with various prompts
#chance2connect --Writing group of all genres for writers to connect on the first Tuesday of the month
#CPmatch-- want a critique partner? beta readers? Follow this thread
#Carinapitch-- pitch your hook to editors at Carina Press, an online imprint of Harlequin
#Pitmad--pitch your hook to agents on set dates-- if they like it, submit your query
#WIP (Work in Progress)
As I said before, this is just the surface of the Twitter world but it has helped me tremendously. I'm learning how to navigate in this publishing world and I wish I would've known about the benefits of Twitter years ago.
Know of any others and care to share?
Want to connect on Twitter? @jaquelinesnowe