I have too much time on my hands this morning before I must take my leave for work (the chapter I have to revise in His Vanity today is rather short, so I can either do that before or after work). So here is a blog post for all of you, just because I really feel like blogging this morning. Of course, I’m going to hate when I have to leave for work. Sometimes I wish I could just join a convent and be done with all these earthly things.
In any case, I’ve whined about Tumblr a lot, but decided to pick back up on it because, hey, John Green uses it, as do a bunch of other big-time writers, and even some small-time ones, so I should quit whining and get back to trying. I should go to my potential fans instead of expecting my potential fans to come to me. I mean, it’s rife with teenagers. Twitter and WordPress and even Facebook, not so much. And teens are great and post interesting stuff on Tumblr, and yeah…
But what’s so great about freaking Tumblr is there are teens looking for book recommendations. I mean, they are actively seeking this stuff out in the book tags and everything. Sometimes they will tell you what types of books they’re seeking, and other times, you just have to wing it. I’ve been recommending them books that I’ve loved, books that I think deserve their full attention, and have even been trying to help a few author friends of mine by at least letting Tumblr know their books exist, even if it doesn’t improve their sales immediately.
I don’t know about you guys, but I think Tumblr makes a great street team. Have no clue what a street team is? Here’s a nifty link explaining that. Except we will metaphorically hit the streets.
Since I know a lot of you have offered to read ARCs of my book, I thought it’d be cool that, on its release day, you could hit the metaphorical streets of Tumblr and release recommendations about the book–it can be shorter versions of the reviews you guys are likely going to do for the ARCs–like I love it because of this, or I hate it because of this, along with some quirky quote or pic of the book, or whatever you can think of. Whether you love it or hate it, people on Tumblr are book hungry.
So why should you get a Tumblr? A lot of you are readers and writers. Readers could benefit from Tumblr through sheer book recommendations alone, along with the fact that it’s very, very simple to engage in conversations with people about books through reblogging or just direct messaging. And pics. Hello, the pics. You can post awesome, inspiring pics of awesome, inspiring stuff. And anon questions are fun to answer. Also, you can publish your responses to people’s messages.
For writers, it’s a great way to connect to readers who are sometimes just readers and not writers. That’s the difficulty in being a writer is you often go after readers who are also writers instead of just flat out readers. Granted, I think most readers also happen to be writers or want to be writers, but we writers have this bad habit of reading with a writerly eye instead of readerly eye. Of course, Goodreads is a fantastic way to connect with readers too, but I’m talking about connecting with readers in a very simple way, and Tumblr is probably THE simplest way to connect with them.
I have people who are looking forward to reading my book on Tumblr! It means more social media, but it’s one you do not want to miss.
Just so you know, I’m likely going to bring up the street team thing again closer to my cover release date (whenever that is), which will include a media kit and a more concise way of doing things instead of my throwing it out there and going, “Hey, wouldn’t this be a great idea?” like I’m doing now.
Also, I return favors…I try to, anyway. Sometimes I’m too busy with writerly things to return favors because you guys would likely rather see my books than my spending all day on the computer trying to return favors to everyone who has ever done anything for me. But you got something you want known? Post in the comments, and I’ll see what I can do.
4 thoughts on “The Perks of Being a Tumblr”
The interesting thing about tumblr is that it’s a great place for you to expand your readership, but it’s not a great place to start it. As one of those people who is both a writer and a teenager on tumblr for several years, from my experience on tumblr it’s hard to start something new up there unless you’re already popular — or tumblr famous, as it’s more commonly called. You can tag and advertise all you want, but followers are hard-earned if you’re not producing pretty art of common and popular fandoms. So it’s probably better to get your start on a more established writing community and then move outwards.
I know that already. It is a really hard start, and I’m not one to link spam anymore. My plan for me wasn’t to spam advertise my book. Spam advertising does not work on any social media what-so-ever. People who spam advertise often have the worst sales imaginable. My Tumblr barely has anything about my book. I’ll update it every so often, but I spend more of my time actually interacting than anything else, which is what I do on all my other social networking sites as well. The idea for the street team is to simply let others know that my book exists–and not just from me. Also, I know Tumblr is fandom heavy. I started my readership before Tumblr even came along, but now I’m expanding and the more I interact with teen readers, the more they’re interested in knowing about my book.
Believe me, I already know the effectiveness of spamming, and I wasn’t implying that anyone here did spam-advertise. I think it’s good that you’re expanding your readership, but that was more an explanation of my own experience trying to START my readership on tumblr.
Oh, okay. Yes, it’s near impossible to do it. I see lots of people posting stories and what not, but they don’t seem to be getting any feedback on Tumblr–unless they’re Tumblr famous, of course. I prefer writing forums, Twitter, WordPress, Facebook groups and pages, as a way to actually start.