This summer I am investing the majority of my time and resources into what I can do to advance my career and deepen my understanding of my art. It’s necessary to continue to study and grow–to seek out mentors and peer groups and experts in areas where I fall short (um, marketing is a big one…) No one is going to do these things for me, and if I want to continue to nurture the things that I am good at, then I need to be more comfortable with talking about my work in an authentic way and I need to learn to use the systems that are now in place and accessible to most of us to get my work out in the world. Author as entrepreneur is the new world order. Pretending that it isn’t will not serve me. Being shy or withdrawn about what I’m doing isn’t helping anyone. So I must wipe the sleazy used-car-salesman marketer concept out of my head and try to find the part of me that can talk about my work with others–not with an intent to make a sale, but with a hope of sharing and forming relationships.
One small thing that’s supposed to occur is a Facebook Author Page. My personal Facebook page has way more ‘friends’ than I actually have in real life. Most of the friends are actually fans or others who have found me through my writing or teaching. Maybe a hundred of the six hundred ‘friends’ on my personal page I know from my personal life. Where were these six hundred friends in junior high?? (A different blog, a different therapy session…)
I’ve never been very good on Facebook anyway. I don’t feel comfortable talking about my personal life in short bits all that much, and I get completely overwhelmed by all the groups and feeds and tags and messages. I close my eyes to much of it. Not because I don’t want to communicate with friends or with my readers, but because I am just a terrible small-talker and FB seems to be the place for small talk (and cat photos!)
But OK new world order. I’m coming. I understand it’s best to keep personal and professional work separate. Bring it on, Facebook. I have made an Author Page. (And Facebook, I’m pretty sure as soon as I figure out all the analytics and gizmos on it, you’ll swoop in under cover of darkness and change everything on me, but hey, the new world order also demands flexibility!) And it’d be great if you’d ‘like’ it. I will be posting about works-in-progress and other writing and craft related links. I want to connect more deeply with my readers, and the Author Page is one way of building a place where that kind of focused dialogue can happen.
Now, to figure out the Twitter …. Sigh.