Chineka Williams finds social media can be a real boon for self-publishing authors.
Having a support group that is rich with authors and information that is valid is important in the journey of self-publishing. This can be done through the use of many social media sites. There is so much information to be found with the click of a button. For me the support of authors through Twitter was vital. I learned a lot about useful writer websites and started lists based on things I would need to use in the future such as book cover artists and book promo.
I also learned a lot about the self-publishing industry and many of its contacts through a group on Facebook, Chick Lit Goddesses. Through this group I found other women like me who had either successfully self-published several of their books, got offered book deals, or were preparing to self-publish.
Another Facebook group that I belong to that is informative is ChickLitChatHQ. Through the group you can see what others think of a possible book title or a book cover. Every Thursday on Twitter under the hashtag #ChickLitChat I participate in chats centred around writing, with subjects on the writing process and balancing time between writing and marketing.
Pinterest has helped me to see how some authors promote their books and even start visual boards surrounding their works. I have a visual board focused on Love Illusion that readers can look at to see what the book is all about before they read it. They can see the cars that the characters drive or even their favorite restaurants.
Writing can be a lonely world, but with the social media of today it doesn’t have to be. There is a lot of support for writers, you just have to look for it and be open to it.
Lucy is a confident PR professional, who is fearful of her troubled ex-boyfriend Charles. He is in denial about their breakup. With issues of alcoholism and abandonment, he spirals out of control.
Meanwhile, Lucy’s best friend Jade has found love and is about to get married. She is a loyal friend who is there for Lucy every step of the way.
Feeling trapped, Lucy is determined to fight back against Charles, but it won’t be without complication. After great debate, she optimistically accepts a new job offer miles away. Lucy soon embarks on an uncertain journey all connected to love.
Chineka Williams found a love of reading and writing early on as a child. She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Books and Stilettos is the blog that she maintains for all things women’s fiction and writing updates. Outside of reading, her hobbies include baking, playing the clarinet, and photography. She can always be seen with a cup of tea close by. Love Illusion is her debut novel.