Social Media or In Person?

Nowadays most writers post on Facebook, tweet or retweet on Twitter, write blogs, blog hop, hold contests, put on Facebook events, create video chats, and… Well, the list goes on and on because writers are constantly trying to find ways to reach readers. And the advantage of the Internet is we can be everywhere—in the United States, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, Africa—anywhere a reader can connect to the Internet. It’s great, but personally, I still like the one-to-one interaction of book signings and group talks. For me there’s something special about being in the same place with the person I’m talking to. Last week I had that opportunity.

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I and several other authors attended the “Girls Night Out” event in Saranac, Michigan.

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The town blocks off a section of the street through town, there are merchant booths lining the sides of the street, there’s music playing, dancing, and the Saranac Public Library opens its doors and invites everyone in to MEET THE AUTHORS.

I’m not sure how many writers were invited, but (if I counted correctly) there were 17 of us there from 4 pm to 8 pm. Writers of mystery, romance, young adult, historical fiction, fantasy, a biography, and children’s books with fantastic art work. Some of the books were self-published, many were traditionally published.

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It was an opportunity to talk to other writers and a chance to meet with and talk to readers. Oh, and of course, a chance to sell books.

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Saranac is a little over an hour away from where I live, but another writer rode with me and we talked all the way there and all the way back, so the time went by quickly and I learned a bit about another publishing house. In addition to publicizing the event and having everything set up for us, the library provided dinner.

Diane Burton was my table mate

Was it worth it?

I think so. Today I received a fan letter from a woman who bought two of my books that night. Her letter really made me feel great. She loved Eat Crow and Die and couldn’t wait to start A Killer Past. They do say word of mouth is the best way to sell books.

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12 Responses to Social Media or In Person?

  1. Diane Burton says:

    It was a fun event. Meeting so many lovely people–readers and authors–was the best part.

  2. Vicki Batman says:

    Good morning! I love to do both. I’ve had many people buy books from a blog visit as well as those in person. The crowd is usually different and I love to make new friends.

  3. Girls’ Night Out is always a great event. There’s nothing better than talking writing one on one with authors and readers alike.

    • Maris SouleMaris Soule says:

      This was my second time to attend. I loved seeing the art work the one writer had for his children’s books, and meeting new, first-time authors. Fun evening.

  4. Melissa Keir says:

    I love those chances to meet fans and new to me fans. There’s so many great chances to meet and greet authors around the world. They do make it worthwhile!

    • Maris SouleMaris Soule says:

      You’re right, Melissa. The Internet has opened our range of communication and allowed us to share ideas and opinions. It’s nice that we have both options.

  5. Ann Bennett says:

    I like in person. The world is changing so much, but I think the in person exchange of ideas will outweigh the virtual.

    • Maris SouleMaris Soule says:

      I like in person, too, Ann. However, it is neat when I receive a message from someone in another country. Much as I’d like to meet that person face-to-face, it’s probably not going to happen.

  6. I love participating in library events. Whether or not you sell books, you raise awareness of yourself as an author with librarians, who are very important people!

    • Maris SouleMaris Soule says:

      Catherine, I agree. Librarians helped me when I first started writing, so they will always hold a special place in my heart. Also, my publisher, Five Star Mysteries, sells primarily to libraries, so it’s very important for me to visit and participate in library events. Besides, it’s fun.