Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Social Media Balancing Act: Author Bri Clark Chimes In!

So I'm always either being applauded or spanked for utilizing social media for selling my novels like The Remains or The Innocent (see how I just did that?) But then, how else can one get the word out about one's new book? Rather, what better, more efficient medium is there to help spread the word? Yet authors who utilize this all important if not miraculous tool must realize that specific written and unwritten rules of engagement must be adhered to. Or else, you're nothing more than a spamaholic.

It is with this marriage of marketing and internet magic that I give you a guest post by up and coming writer, Bri Clark.

Bri or, Brick, is a young (not even 30 young), talented, energetic, new author. Wife, Mom, businesswoman, former repo chick, advice giver, and all around literary tyro, there's pretty much nothing she can't do. She hails from Boise, Idaho. That's right, Boise, which these days is emerging to be the new literary Paris or maybe New York of the early 21st century. Maybe the aforementioned destinations still reign as a romantic ideal, but consider this: in Boise you can purchase a three bedroom house with some land and a majestic mountain backdrop for less than the price of renting a space in a parking garage for your Beemer in Manhattan. No wonder writers are flocking there in droves. But then, I've been ordered not to tell anyone about "the secret!" Oops, cats our of the bag so to speak.

Bri has books coming out from both StoneHouse Ink and Astrea Press and promises a brilliant literary future. She's also got her finger on the social marketing pulse as demonstrated by the following guest blog (P.S. The Golden Girl Pic was her idea!):

How do you find a balance between being social and genuine when having dual interests in social media?

The same way the women of Steel Magnolias balanced gossip and friendship.

Now I don't really have the answer to this...although I am very good at gossip...any reputable southern belle is.

Here are some experiences and examples of how I have balanced my established relationships with my budding fan base of supporters.

1. Interest--I glance at links and post as time allows. I read blogs, skim comments and respond as I feel compelled to. I absolutely do not care about football of any kind...yet here I am in the heart of Bronco nation. One of my closest online friends is a total NY Giants fan and when they are having a bad game I can't even talk to them. While I empathize with their frustration I have no interest in football therefore I won't fake it.

2. Reciprocation-- If I read something I feel that is worthwhile or interesting I will retweet it or post a link or email a link to those that I think would appreciate it. In exchange my friends do the same for me. However, I have never asked someone to repost something of mine. That should be their own desire.

3.Manners-- I am often asked to comment or give feedback on stuff that people send me links to...poems, blogs, and novels. There are times that I am not really into what they have done. However, that could only be me. I have always found something positive to say about all those works so far. Even if they say brutal honesty....noone really wants that kind of truth unless its from someone close or a professional...even then you tread lightly.
4.Boundaries--Most of this information pertains to facebook...I do have pictures of my children and my family on my page. However on my blog I don't use my family's real names. I use nicknames. I feel like I will probably end up setting up a separate fan page for my stuff. For now I will stick to the one page.I do not post deeply personal thoughts or feelings...there is a message feature or just plain email for that. There are customizable features that you can use in privacy settings on most websites. And lets just tell it how it is people....Common sense....use it...if you don't have it I'm sure there is a book on it...read it.

So these are a few of my own personal experiences and feelings on the whole social media network. We all love gossip, humor and scandal...when it comes down to real people and their struggles great or small like the ladies of Steel Magnolias we in the publishing industry are there for each other.

Well so far in my experiences...


  1. I think this is possibly just plain good advice. Not just for writers!

  2. Thanks Rochelle. As Vincent said "advice giver" is one of my titles. LOL He failed to mention I do it without people asking.

  3. In my opinion, Bri has a long and illustrious career ahead of her. Just my objective observation.

  4. V,

    While I'm thrilled you could write such lovely things about me as an intro you just had to include 30 and Brick....huh?

  5. I think you both should be both applauded for being spanked. Good questions regarding balancing. And I appreciate Bri's good honest answers. Thoughtful. It just occurred to me she could make some kind of marketing scheme from this balancing act called:

    Bri's Brimstones

    B oundaries
    R eciprocation
    I nterest
    M anners

    Stones (like corner stones)... although Brimstones are often referenced to hellfire and Lucifer. This could be brilliant or bring on eternal damnation depending on the way you look at it.
    Either way, I think this is a great interview! Happy New Years!

  6. Thanks Jodi, LOve the idea with the Bri's Brimstones. And didn't you know girl all those that follow the Vincent Zandri Vox are already damned?