Welcome to Writers’ Uni-Verse-City (or WUVC for short because every university has an acronym), a place where writers/bloggers can meet to discuss the craft of writing in the Internet age. I want to learn what it takes to make it in the world of writing and publishing and nowadays there is a wealth of information on the web. WUVC will involve independent research, setting a curriculum and hopefully finding other participants (like you – readers/bloggers/writers) to: chip in, give tips, suggest books and other materials for study, teach me the ways of the warrior writer, and offer to guest post here at Uni-Verse-City.
Where to start? I was nervous to write this post because I’m essentially blogging on a book written by the Internet’s equivalent of……I don’t even know which famous person to compare her to.
Kristen Lamb wrote the book “We Are Not Alone: A writer’s guide to social media” and the title couldn’t be more explanatory. This book is essentially a guide for writers on how to set up social media accounts so that they are not alone in their writing.
All writers know that this career path, wannabe-career path, hobby or whatever you prefer to call it can be lonely. We must lock ourselves away in a quiet room not to be disturbed. We are constantly pulling out a notebook to jot something down while in the middle of the street or while sitting in a restaurant, to the point where your friends and family think you’re loosing it.
In this book, Kristen guides you through four major social media platforms: MySpace, Facebook, WordPress (blog) and Twitter. She tells you how to set up an account, create an author-worthy profile with biography, photo, groups, tags, etc. Not only does she give you the step-by-step process (social media for “writer dummies”), but she explains it to you in an easy-to-understand way and she miraculously keeps your interest in what could be a rather technical book.
She gives you tips on how to connect with your readers, how to strategically expand your network and why social media is well worth the effort in the long run. Using her savvy social media skills and her background in sales, Kristen gives you the tools to create a brand and an online presence.
I won’t give away anymore of what her book is about, but I will give myself (and any other willing participants) a homework assignment from her book:
1) Write a 100, 300 and 500 word biography for the various social media sites.
I was humming and hawing over setting up a MySpace account because I’ve never been too attracted to it and I don’t have any friends currently using this social media platform. The second part of today’s homework assignment was going to be: set up a MySpace account. But this just in: Kristen Lamb’s post, which happened to be posted today, says that we can skip MySpace now. Read more about this update on her blog. I’d have to say I’m relieved that I don’t have to figure out this platform now.
Next WUVC Wednesday the lovely Marcia Richards will be here with a post on writing and she will be the very first guest poster here at Uni-Verse-City! In the meantime, check out Marcia’s blog.
So what have you learned from Kristen’s book? Blog? Or her newest book “Are you there blog? Its me writer?” I’d love to hear from you.