This past weekend, I was one of three speakers for an event held by the Saint Louis Author's Guild. We talked about how authors can use their websites and social media like Twitter, Facebook, and blogs to reach out to our audience. It was a blast! I was the technical part of the demonstration and I won't go into details since you most likely prefer to stay awake right now. In a nutshell, there are some really cool ways to make your blog or website do the work for you if you have the right tools. I've posted my presentation to my website if you'd like to see it. (PDF file)
For me, Twitter and Facebook is a great way for me to learn about other writers. What are they currently working on? What events are they attending? Can I be a fan girl and make to a particular signing? That kind of thing. But it's also an opportunity for the author to say anything. Nothing crazy, mind you, but a chance for me to see their personal side. It's interesting for me to see their hobbies, links they post to places where they love to shop. (And so of the links have been pure evil to see the pretty clothes...) They also post when they finish a book (yay!) or when they've been run over by their current deadline (ouch!). All in all, it's like connecting with a good friend.
So here's my list of some of my favorite authors that I love to follow on Twitter. Why? They let me know which book they're working on. What dish they're cooking for dinner. It's a fun way to distract me from the sad thing I'm cooking for dinner... (And believe me, I'm not telling Twitter about my oh-so-exciting Hamburger Helper nights...) ;)
Laurell K. Hamilton - LKHamilton
Yasmine Galenorn - YasmineGalenorn
Alyssa Day - alyssa_day
Jackie Kessler - JackieKessler
Michelle Rowen - michellerowen
Anne Rice - annericeauthor
And that's just a sample of the people that I check out. There are so many more! Especially when they retweet something from someone they follow!
And hey, why not check out the Wicked Authors bloggers on Twitter as well. I promise to be snarky and only talk about the nights I do something snazzy like take over the world or conquer the planet Mars.
Angie Fox - angiefoxauthor
Shawntelle Madison - shawntelle
Stephanie Rowe - StephanieT1
You can find Shirley on Facebook and Casey as well! Connect with them there.
Are you on Twitter or Facebook? Do you have some favorite authors who give you a good laugh once in a while? Please share!