Today I’m helping out with the Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop blog tour which I’ve organised under Neverland Blog Tours for author Isabella Louise Anderson. I’m welcoming Louisa onto my blog today with a guest post about social media… a topic we’re all very familiar with. Isabella is talking about whether social media can help or hinder you as an author. What do you think? And scroll to the bottom for a little giveaway!
Whether an author is traditional or self-published, the dreaded part of marketing can be challenging for any author. Not only do we not know a lot (okay, most) of our followers, we sometimes worry about posting too much about not just about our books, but our family life, political and religious views, along with our trials and tribulations. Since I write under a pseudonym, I believe it’s my job as an author to keep my platforms strictly on topics of my books.
So, for authors, is the social media a help or a hindrance?
The help of social media:
1. Gaining more author friends: When I started writing in 2010, I had no idea how social media in the author world worked, but over time I gained a fair about of real author friends (though, I’m still learning as I go). These are people who I actively admire (not only because I’m a fan of their books) because not only are they, talented authors, I’ve learned so much from them. **Another perk is that I’ve had the pleasure of being lucky enough to receive several advanced copies by numerous author, for books I love.
2. Gaining more readers and fans: When I share something online about my books, I’ve gained an abundance of fans and new readers.
The hindrance of social media:
1. Losing more readers and fans: As I mentioned in this post, being an author on social media can be hard. Sometimes, I think that people outside our world forget that we’re just like them-with emotions and feelings. Just because we’re a celebrity-like in our own right, we should have the privilege to say and think what we believe. Though, sadly, a lot of readers and fans trash us for this, saying that they will no longer follow us or read our books. It’s sad but true.
2. Time spent away from not writing and away from family: I know so many authors who look at social media on their lunch break, but the time quickly expands into hours. This isn’t good, especially when one needs to be writing, editing, or spending time with family.
Overall, my opinion on social media is that it’s okay in small increments. Fight the urge to bicker with someone on a specific topic that you are on the opposite side and scroll on-after all, and you’re better than that! Now, I’m not saying not to be yourself, but in the world we live in, let’s focus on the positive and ignore the negative.
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Blurb: As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she’s kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interest is piqued. What at first seems like a business relationship quickly turns into romance, and Derek slowly plucks away the petals she’s been hiding behind. Just as Khloe lets down her guard, she discovers that Derek may not be worthy of her love after all.
Frumpy Connie Albright has a faux fascination with an imaginary man named Walt, thinking that by sending herself flowers from him she’ll feel less out-of-place with the “mean girls” she works with. When she comes face to face with her possible prince charming and thinking she might have a happy ending, when a truth is revealed, she wonders if she’ll ever have a Cinderella story.
A recently widowed senior, Gabby Lewis, isn’t ready to give up on love—which means releasing herself from survivor’s guilt and taking a chance on finding happiness and companionship again. After signing up for an online dating site for senior citizens, much to her surprise, she’s matched with Harry, an energetic and loving man, who quickly eases himself into her heart. Will Gabby take the leap of falling in love again, knowing it’s possible to have two loves of her life?
As each woman’s story develops through flowers and cards sent from Khloe’s shop during the Fall months, they begin to learn that love can only truly blossom when you trust your heart.
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About the author: Isabella Louise grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. Aside from writing, she focuses her time on featuring other authors on her blog, Chick Lit Goddess, along with sharing book reviews. Isabella Louise is also a member of the Romance Writers of America.
She lives in Dallas with her husband, enjoys spicy Indian and Mexican food, margaritas, and red and white wines. She loves spending time with family and friends, and cheering on the Texas Rangers. When Isabella Louise isn’t working on her next release, her attention is also on her Scentsy business, where she’s a consultant.
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