Do novelists need to be on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook? July 5, 2009Posted by Diana McCabe in Authors.
Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, a blog. Alyson Noel, the author of the NYT bestseller EVERMORE , the first book in the Immortal Series about Ever and Damen, is all over the Web. Do authors need to social network on the Web? I asked Alyson, whose second book in the series , BLUE MOON – is due out Tuesday!
Q. You have a book trailer on YouTube for EVERMORE. Will you have one for BLUE MOON?
A. Book trailers are fun and readers seem to enjoy them, so I hired Circle of Seven to make one for BLUE MOON, which you can see here:
Q. You’re on Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, blogging etc. How important is that to your success? Do you get any ideas from it?
A. While it doesn’t spawn any ideas and can be incredibly time consuming, it’s the quickest, easiest way to connect with readers and writers from all over the world, so yeah, I’m pretty much addicted! It’s also a great procrastination tool on those days when you just can’t seem to get going but still want to pretend that you’re “working”!
Q. Any tips for writers on using social networks? Do you have to be in this space, especially if you’re a YA writer?
A. If you want to be where the teens are, then establishing an online presence is imperative since most teens are online. That said, there are gazillions of blogs and twitters these days and it’s hard to stand out from the crowd, so you should only do it if you enjoy it and want to be there. The posts that seem to resonate the most are from writers who clearly enjoy reaching out in that way, but if you’re not one of them, don’t sweat it, just use that time working on your next book — which is all readers really want from you any way!
Q. Any Web sites of fellow authors that you think are fab?
I think Meg Cabot’s blog is consistently funny — I don’t know how she does it! And PC and Kristin Cast have a rockin’ Web site for their HOUSE OF NIGHT series with all kinds of cool extras. And while I subscribe to a lot of author blogs, I won’t attempt to list them all here for fear of leaving some out. Though I’m really excited to be part of “Living Your Five” a new blogging/vlogging venture featuring Kay Cassidy — the brains behind the blog whose debut novel, THE CINDERELLA SOCIETY, is out in April 2010, and Tera Lynn Childs — author of OH. MY. GODS and the sequel, GODDESS BOOTCAMP, and Becca Fitzpatrick — whose debut novel, HUSH HUSH, will be published in October ’09. Each of us will commit to doing five things over the course of the year that will impact the world in a positive way and then blog/vlog about our progress on a regular basis. It’s going to be fun and challenging and inspiring and I can’t wait until it’s up and running — we’re shooting for August!
Visit Alyson online at:
BOOK SIGNINGS: Alyson will be signing copies of BLUE MOON (release date July 7) at the Barnes & Noble store in Orange on July 17 at 6 p.m. She’ll also be on a discussion panel and signing her book at Comic Con at the San Diego Convention Center on July 24. (Panel: 12:30- 1:30 and book signing: 1:30 – 2:30.)
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