If you want your fans to talk about your books and/or read your future works, it’s important to engage with them on a regular basis. In addition to having your own website, here are three suggestions:
1. Author Page on Amazon.com
Setting up an author page on Amazon is super easy and provides a great way for readers to learn about you. You can upload your bio and photo, include links to your blog and Twitter feed, and even post a video! Sometimes when I’m on the fence about buying a book, I will click on the link to the author’s page. If there’s nothing there, I end up not buying the book. Talk about a lost opportunity! Click here to check out my author page.
2. Facebook author page
Setting up a Facebook page is free and super easy. Click here to see mine.
3. Goodreads, Library Thing, and Shelfari profiles
Goodreads, Library Thing, and Shelfari are social networking sites for book lovers. Setting up an author profile is a great way to connect on an individual level with readers. I get friendship requests from readers all the time, and I accept and reply to every single one to make sure my fans know how much I appreciate their support.
The Internet offers a plethora of ways to connect with your readers, many of which cost very little, if anything at all. Why not take advantage of them?
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