Category Archives: Social Networking For Writers

6 Ways To Use Your Author Website As A Networking Tool | Web Design Relief

You made the right decision and created an author website. Excellent! Now when readers, editors, or literary agents google you, your author website will act as your online business card. But the experts at Web Design Relief have a warning: Don’t let your author website just sit there like a static, online poster with your name and headshot. Savvy writers use their author websites as powerful networking tools to elevate their author platform.

Unlike writers’ conferences or conventions that happen only a few times a year, an author website can help you build professional connections anytime, anywhere. Check out these easy-to-implement ways to boost your author website’s networking capabilities.

Turn Your Author Website Into A Networking Machine

Social media integration is a simple way to turn your website into a networking tool, especially if frequently updating your website seems like a daunting task. When you put social media icons or widgets in a prime location on your website (like your header or sidebar), you can connect readers and book buyers to your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., where you can post effective marketing calls to action. Need new ideas to post on your social media accounts? Here is how to break the dry spell.

Contact forms are a must-have on any professional website, but especially for writers. Fans, readers, book buyers, agents, editors, publishers—they all may want to reach out to you! And you want to make it easy for them to do so while still keeping yourself safe online. Listing your personal email address on your website puts you at the mercy of trolls and hackers. A contact form gives you an extra layer of protection while still allowing visitors to message you privately about your writing.

Website hyperlinks are a powerful way to network. By simply placing a hyperlink to your author website beneath your signature on your emails, you make it easy for others to visit your site with just one click. This can be especially helpful when you are connecting with literary agents online, so they can have direct access and learn more about your writing.

A mailing list is a great way to build long-lasting connections with your audience. Social media platforms don’t belong to you, and you’re at the whim of ever-changing algorithms. But a mailing list gives you a captive audience and lets you keep in touch with fans and followers so that they never miss an announcement, update, or new release.

Build a blog and post often. When you regularly post to your website blog, it gives visitors a reason to keep coming back. You’re a writer—this should be second nature! Write creative, compelling blog posts and interact with readers via comments so that your website becomes a lively resource for fans and the writing community in general (which includes those always-important editors and agents). Want to double up on your networking power? Share your blog posts on your social media pages to draw more people to your author website!

LinkedIn has become the apex platform for professionals on social media. While other platforms like Facebook and Twitter have a personal touch, your LinkedIn account is all about your career as a writer and networking. You should have a dedicated icon on your author website for your LinkedIn account so you can connect with people who can help further your career. Find out how else authors can utilize LinkedIn.

Your author website shouldn’t sit there like a forgotten business card stuffed in your pocket. Use its technical capabilities to make faster, smarter, better connections and take your networking power to the next level. And if you’d like more tips on how to build a professional author platform, learn more here.

 

Question: Which way do you prefer to network with your fans and publishing industry insiders?

This 5-Second Rule For Social Media Saves Writers Lots Of Embarrassment | Web Design Relief

As a writer, your social media followers and fans hold you to higher standards of grammar mastery. So when you are posting on a social network like Facebook or Twitter, it’s important to make sure your updates are error-free. At Web Design Relief, we know that in addition to being a writer, sometimes you have to be a proofreader too! So we’ve modified the famous five-second rule to help save writers from embarrassment.

How The 5-Second Rule Prevents Social Media Mortification

Most of us are familiar with the well-known five-second rule: You can still eat something that falls on the floor if you pick it up within five seconds.

Here’s our five-second rule for writers when using social media.

After you have written a post or tweet for social media, take your hands off the keyboard (or cell phone screen)—and spend five seconds proofreading before you hit send.

These five seconds will save you a lot of embarrassment and heartache.

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Because there’s nothing more awkward for a writer than getting called out for silly grammar or punctuation errors.

Unfortunately, there are social media users (and, ahem, trolls) who thrive on nitpicking about the most innocent typos and mistakes. Some people gleefully jump on opportunities to heckle you. When you hold true to the five-second rule, you’ll give potential haters and shamers less ammunition.

Easy Tips For Proofreading Your Social Media Posts

Compose your posts in a word processing program, then cut and paste into your social network of choice. Instead of typing your status updates and posts directly on a social media platform, write them in a program like Microsoft Word. Then you can depend on spell-check to help you proofread. You can also invest in a third-party proofreading program (here are a few to check out). 

Read backward. Instead of reading from left to right, proofread by reading from right to left—that is, reading backward. This method forces you to slow down and look at every individual word so you won’t accidentally skim over a typo. 

Review your images. Sometimes the way an image looks in a program on your computer is not the way it will look when you hit “publish” on social media. Social networking platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook will automatically adjust the screen resolution of your images—whether you want them to or not. Learn more about how to make your photos look better.

Double-check once it’s live. After you hit “send,” check your post again. Sometimes, the formatting will change between the time you write your post and the time you hit publish. You may need to go back and adjust the look of things to your liking. If all else fails, delete your post and start over again.

Here are some tips to quickly proofread your social media updates.

What To Do If You’re Caught Posting A Typo Or Grammar Mistake

If someone does point out that you—great writer that you are—have made a silly error, try not to react with knee-jerk defensiveness. Even if your persecutor’s post contains more egregious errors than anything you’ve ever written in your life, keep your critique to yourself.

Thank the commenter for sharing his or her opinion. And perhaps take responsibility for the error in a lighthearted way: That’s what happens when you hit send before that first cup of coffee!

If you do decide to correct the error, make sure to let people know you are going to do it. Acknowledge that the original post was updated/corrected. Otherwise, you might irritate followers even more by making them feel as if their contributions to your feed are unimportant or unnoticed.

And remember to keep the mistake in perspective. Sooner or later, everyone is going to post a grammar gaffe or typo. Nobodees Perfict!

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Question: What do you do when you discover a typo in your own social media feed—fix it immediately or just accept it as part of the cost of doing business in a fast-paced world?

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