Online Social Networks Part 1 Social Networking

Part 1:

In July 2008, I presented on a panel at the 2008 CanWrite! Conference in Edmonton, Alberta. The topic of the panel was Hot Trends, Hot Markets. As an author, I was looking at this topic from the perspective of aspiring and published authors.

As someone who's been nicknamed "Shameless Promoter" because I promote my books with everything I've got, utilizing everything I can think of or learn about, I want to share what I've learned. This information will help writers and authors connect with readers and fans, which can lead to sales once a book has been published.

The question I asked myself was: "Which hot trend or market is really on fire today, one that actually benefits writers and authors?"

The answer I came up with?

SOCIAL NETWORKING!

Social networks are prevalent on the Internet, and if you learn how to use them correctly, you will benefit greatly. This is a way to meet thousands of people and an acceptable way to promote yourself.

There are three main categories of social networks:

1. Book collection or catalog networks - ex. LibraryThing, GoodReads, Shelfari

2. Book seller networks - ex. AmazonConnect, Chapters Community

3. True social networks - ex. MySpace, FaceBook, Ning (multiple networks here)

There are many more networks than just the examples shown above, but these are the most important ones, and I highly recommend that every writer and author utilize each of them.

In my next post, I'll explain more about how to use each type of network to the fullest potential.

For now, I invite you to click on the network links above and join each one. Please note: to set up an Amazon profile/blog on AmazonConnect, you must be a published author with books available on Amazon. The other networks are all open to writers and readers, as well as authors.

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©2008 Cheryl Kaye Tardif.

Author:.

Cheryl Kaye Tardif is a Canadian suspense author who draws on personal experiences (either her own or others) to tackle sensitive questions and terrifying scenarios. She is also an energetic and motivational speaker at writers' conferences, presenting often on the topics of "shameless" promotion and book marketing, in particular online marketing. She has appeared on television and radio, and in newspapers and magazines in Canada and the US, and online. Visit Cheryl's website at: http://www.chery...

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