Jackie Weger says: What I know about Facebook is limited. Over the past months I’ve learned a bit–how to upload a banner and how to post a book so the cover isn’t cut in half. Just when I thought I was getting the hang of it–Facebook changed. This is not a rant, but right this minute I am vexed. Here’s why: There is author XXX moving at nano speed like a headless cyberchicken posting her title on Facebook sites and she has been doing so for weeks! You know how when you are on Facebook those little notices pop up on the bottom left of your screen? This author hits so many FB pages that in less than two minutes my lower left sidebar is jammed–five inches of the same posting. That is beyond discourteous. This goes on for hours. Author XXX hits ten or more FB pages, then goes right back to the first one and starts again. That keeps her posts above every one else’s.
Every Facebook page/site we join has rules and courtesies the administrator asks members to follow. Once you are approved to join a group, you say Thank You to the administrator and if you are savvy, you use the administrator’s name. It is usually in a pinned post. You comment on other author postings before you post your own book or promotion. It does not have to be much, something to the effect that a blurb is wonderful, or the cover captures the essence of the book. I very often will tick on a book link to Amazon, see how many reviews a book has and pop right back and comment on superb reviews. Without fail, every time I have commented on a review or a cover, the author messages me a thank you. That’s nice.
We post our books on Facebook sites in hope of sales. Here’s the skinny–most sites are top heavy with authors. Even the gigantic sites boasting 12-18,000 followers will have fewer readers than authors. Posting on Facebook is exposure more than sales, but readers do lurk. Over the course of a six day 99¢ book promo I see less than twenty-five book sales from Facebook
postings. I appreciate the buys. FREE books is a whole other matter–and you will see downloads when you post FREE on Facebook. Authors like FREE books, too. The only Facebooks sites that actually sell books are those that charge a small fee because they’ve build up a following of readers. You cannot post your book on those sites with one exception, and that is EBook Korner Cafe.
Author XXX touts herself as an Amazon TOP 100 Best Seller in her bio. Author XXX left out one tiny word: FREE. I checked. May the indie gods bless KND EBook Tracker. I have two titles that reached the #1 Amazon Top slot in FREE and stayed there until the promo was closed. You ain’t a Best Seller unless you sell those suckers. FREE don’t count. I have sold a few million books over my thirty-year career, but I am not an Amazon best selling author. I sell books, but I ain’t a best selling author in the exacting sense of that word. Okay. I’m being picky. Shoot me.
Author XXX is a fine writer. Her reviews are great. She writes the kinds of books I buy. But I ain’t buying hers. I’d read toilet paper first and then use it. When Author XXX posts in Facebook she takes up five inches… She uses links like these: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D7WKQRA/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d0_i3?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center2&pf_rd_r=110Q9KH89WEH1T3CRV5Q &pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1688200382&pf_rd_i=507846.
Mercy! She’s a newbie or dumb as rock. Or maybe clever! Because those long posts push all other books out of site. Not nice! Here’s the most one needs to post a link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D7WKQRA.
I have a list of 150 Facebook sites. I use them sparingly. I drop in now and then between promos, say hello, look at books. That’s courtesy. The reason I’ve been in so many FB sites recently is I’ve been posting about eNoveller’s books and promos, my 99¢ promo, First Chapters and comments that might drive readers and lurkers to eNovel Authors at Work.
Here is a protocol tip: Post your book on your Facebook page and pin it to the top. I visited some FB pages this week and there was nothing about the author’s books or links to buy pages. If you have more than one book, vary the pinned post.
Here’s another protocol tip: Some of you have not liked my Facebook page. No Christmas stocking for you!
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