This is all the things suggested for promoting online and building your platform as a writer that I DON'T do. Oh, I agree with them, I just haven't found the time/motivation/cookies to get me going.
My Promo FAIL list:
- Tweet on Twitter several times a day and join in all the different hash-tag discussions (eg #amwriting, #edit, #litchat, etc). I tweet spasmodically when I find a great website, update my blog or discover the perfect choc-chip cookie. The hash-tag discussions sound like fun, but I'm never organised enough to find out when they're on.
- Meme blogs, like 'Waiting on Wednesday', it just feels like too big of a commitment for me (what if I'm sick one Wednesday and I can't blog about the books I'm waiting on, and my readers are disappointed, and they hate me, and they throw food at me....)
- Write and publish short stories, I know I should, but I seem to have trouble moving away from my WIP and working on shorts. Plus, I'm not very good at them (but admit I should learn).
- Vlog on YouTube. Apparently the now big thing. Writers should be promoting themselves by making short clips and uploading them. I'll get there, but I need to feel I've found the balance between, work (teaching), writing and home-life before I add another project.
- Use Facebook for promotion. I have Facebook, but I really just use that to chat with my friends and family, I don't have a fan page.
- Move away from the free blog sites and have a professional website. I like Blogger, I have my Google connect friends and a list of all the blogs I follow (otherwise I'd never find them again). I DO have charamaineclancy.com saved and will get around to the website one day.
- Participate in forums. My writing/editing course with Holly Lisle hosts a great online forum, but I can never remember to keep popping into it.
- Join a critique group. I really want to do this (and I really don't want to do this). I did join www.critiquecircle.com - you earn points by critiquing other people's work and then you can upload your writing to be critiqued. I've lagged behind in this as well.
So how do I feel about failing? Fine. In fact I'm perversely proud of my fails, I think the meme of the word 'fail' has made it more endearing than pathetic (yes it is!). Need to know about the whole trend of 'FAIL'? Watch this brilliant video:
Know Your Meme: FAIL from Rocketboom on Vimeo.
Which 'must-do' promotions do you fail at?