Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Meankitty's Advice for Authors: Social Media
Posted by: Jody W. and Meankitty
Well, technically an author CAN avoid some of these things, since authors should have cats and the cats don't want the authors to leave the house, but a contemporary author does have to make him or herself somewhat available online, starting with an informative website that has a fan mail page and increasing in pitch and frequency until an author has a presence on pretty much every social media platform there is.
Meankitty, a long-time veteran of the internet (since 1999/2000, depending on how you count!), has taken it upon herself to offer up these bits of social media savvy for authors in 2013.
Q) What are the most important social media venues for authors to maintain?
A) Whichever ones don't interfere with the author's lap, as well as the author's ability to get me treats or let me in and out and in and out and in and out the door when necessary.
Q) Should an author make his or her passionate interests known, about such things as politics, religion and diet?
A) That depends. How does the author like hate mail? I personally love hate mail. I like to post it on my site, edit it so it contains a lot of references to ferrets, and invite fans to mock it with me. So if the human in question thinks that sounds like fun -- especially considering she's going to get hate mail about making fun of hate mail -- go for it. But then, the writer's name is probably NOT Meanauthor, so...
Q) If an author doesn't want hate mail, should an author's online presence be as friction-free as possible?
A) Sure, if you want to have all the personality of an old, beige dog.
Q) Ok, then what SHOULD an author complain -- or have colorful things to say -- about?
A) Not reviews, that's for sure.
Q) How can an author HAVE a personality online, then? What is safe?
A) Have you tried pictures of cats?
Q) How many pictures should I post of cats?
A) More than you post of dogs, other animals, children or your book covers. Or whatever you're having for lunch, unless it's a photo of how much your cat is enjoying your lunch.
So, authors, there you have it. Social Media by Meankitty. You're welcome.
Author, Cat Person, Amigurumist
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About us: I'm the world famous Meankitty who lives with Typing Slave (Jody Wallace), Food Slave, Pink Thing, Loud Thing, and Big D (another cat). Typing Slave is a published author who's supposed to be at my beck and meow, but instead she sits in front of the computer muttering to herself. This is our shared blog to discuss her career and the mean things I do to her to maintain my status in the SOHC (Society of House Cats) as well as assorted musings and felinious advice.