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Article Review: "Social Media Primer for Writers" by Robert Lee Brewer

The book I’m dissecting is Writer’s Digest Guide to Self-Publishing 2015 . Writer’s Digest aims its publications at the aspiring and the emerging writer. It produces how-to and guidance books as well as reference books—not to mention webinars for those newbie writers whose pockets ring with more change than those of peasants like myself. Many of its volumes are the effort of multiple authors writing different sections or are compendiums of many articles.

Writer’s Digest Guide to Self-Publishing 2015 is the latter. The articles are quite short. The book is edited by Robert Lee Brewer, who also contributed a few articles.

Writer’s Digest Guide to Self-Publishing 2015 is divided into three main subject areas: 1) Production 2) Management and 3) Promotion. Other sections include author interviews, listings of professional services to the self-publishing author, resources such as conferences and book fairs, and an index.

The present article, “Social Media Primer for Writers” is in the Promotions section.

The idea of using social media to promote one’s writing is to make connections, but author Robert Lee Brewer cautions, “Here’s the thing: I think it’s more important to chase quality connections than quantity connections of social media.”

I concur. Occasionally when I tweet links to my reviews on Examiner, I get followers who assure me they’re “barely legal.” I figure I’m doing both of us a favor by blocking such parties. (As a matter of course, new follower notifications don’t include the phone number of the party’s mother.)

The bulk of Brewer’s advice consists of starting small, remaining engaged, but not overwhelming your followers/connections and not oversharing. The most valuable part of his article is a list of social media sites, from the omnipresent to the obscure. I intend to keep this handy.


Title: “Social Media Primer for Writers: How to Use Social Media the Right Way”

Author: Robert Lee Brewer

Writer’s Digest Guide to Self-Publishing 2015

Section: Promotion


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MegL wrote on August 15, 2015, 1:00 PM

I have a feeling that this book should be on my bookshelf and that I ought to get it sooner rather than later.

CoralLevang wrote on August 15, 2015, 1:12 PM

The more I read your reviews of this "manual," the more convinced I need to buy it. I hope you get a kickback. emoticon :winking:

msiduri wrote on August 15, 2015, 4:35 PM

I hope you find it useful it you do buy it. Let me know what you think. I found a great deal of it helpful, some of it less so.

msiduri wrote on August 15, 2015, 4:37 PM

As I told MegL , I hope it proves a useful investment should you make it. Alas! No kickbacks! Thanks for the thought, just the same.

MegL wrote on August 15, 2015, 5:30 PM

PersonaPaper has an Amazon account for the benefit of the site. If you contact the mods through the contact form, they can provide the Amazon affiliate link and the site will receive any "kickback" from sales. emoticon :grin:

msiduri wrote on August 15, 2015, 7:10 PM

Ah. Thanks! I'll happily accept any pennies that come my way.

grandma20121 wrote on August 16, 2015, 8:49 PM

it sounds like a book that could be very useful to many people

AliCanary wrote on August 18, 2015, 12:10 AM

Ugh, I'd say Twitter-spam is barely legal. Thanks for the review!

msiduri wrote on August 18, 2015, 9:24 AM

Thanks, grandma20121 I try to be helpful.

msiduri wrote on August 18, 2015, 9:26 AM

AliCanary Thanks for the chuckle.