Today’s task, start a Facebook account AND send me a friend request. I’m listed under Robert Lee Brewer. When you send your friend request, please send me a separate message to let me know you’re with the challenge. I get so many requests that Facebook won’t let me accept them all–so I have to be selective.
Okay, if you’re new to Facebook, here are a few tips specifically for writers:
- Go to facebook.com to sign up. It’s free.
- Complete your profile. The more you add, the more you human you make your profile. That’s a good thing.
- Make everything public. This makes it easier for folks to find you, but with that said…
- Be aware that you’ve made everything public. Think before you post or share.
- Include a profile pic. Again, it makes you human. Again, think twice about which picture(s) you share with the world.
- Update your status regularly. It lets others know that you’re actively using your account. If you just watch others with the lights off, they assume no one is home.
- Be selective about your friends. There are writing groups, reading groups, and other types of groups on Facebook. Use these to help you connect with people who share your interests–and be aware of spammers.
- Communicate with your friends. Connect and communicate, that’s the way to rock social media. Quantity is not as important as quality.
- Join relevant groups. Like the ones mentioned above, but there are also groups (and fan pages) set up for literary journals, magazines, book publishers, literary agents, and more. These can be helpful for staying abreast of calls for submissions, writing opportunities, and more.
Bonus tip: If you have a blog, be sure to share new posts on your Facebook profile. Just mention each post once, but it’s a good way to update your status with relevant information.
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