One elf asked, “Who are you?”
“I'm Goopy Ghost,” was the reply.
“I fell asleep in Santa's sack
And had a sleigh ride through the sky.”
(“The Goopy Ghost at Christmas”)
Design a book writing website for book promotion in the digital age and learn to use social media effectively.
A Book Writing Website can change the undefined to something defined. Literary agents will scrutinize our Web presence, before they will agree to representation. Mainstream publishers also are influenced by our Web platform. A book writing website evolves with each new book, event and change in direction. We may add multimedia, games, quizzes and other advanced technologies to draw and maintain website traffic. As technology changes, we must replace outdated and outmoded elements, such as unsupported templates and video formats. Websites define brands for the modern world. By adding a contemporary flair to traditional book promotion, book marketing and book selling, a flashy website design can make books attractive to technologically sophisticated consumers of the digital age. As reading falls out of favor, book promotion must attract remaining readers and encourage reluctant readers to engage with our vibrant content. The genre of our books, the covers, inside illustrations, videos of readings, video trailers, slide shows, excerpts and reviews should help generate ideas that will make our book writing website an extension of our books. This said, we do not want to build a site that is creative but hard to navigate, or difficult to view on a mobile device. Many people are using mobile devices to navigate the Web, today. Devices of an increasingly small size, with burgeoning content to explore, call for brevity of verbiage and minimization of visuals. Lengthy texts and oversized images are rejected across the Web. Scrolling and panning are frustrations that few viewers are willing to undertake. Long and confusing productions of any nature are unlikely to maintain attention through to completion. Attention is subject to wandering, because all of us are seeking solid structures upon which to reflect and from which to build personal strength.
Publishing provides material to present on social media, where we have an opportunity to generate a following for our work. Those who are not celebrities often harbor the hope of building celebrity status for one or more book characters. Celebrities garner a quick and easy following. The rest of us have to work very hard to reach the numbers that mainstream expects of us. Ten thousand generally is considered a “viral” following on social media. Getting there starts slowly, but momentum tends to build. Writers must be creative and consistent with content to win this “game.” A social media following offers a gauge of visibility and engagement with others. The average social media account has approximately 300 followers. Agents rarely represent creative individuals with fewer than 3,000 followers on major social media sites, because the participation rate of followers in post activities tends to be low (1-2%). Additionally, followers often leave. When a writer's account reaches 10,000 followers on social media, traditional publishers may accept this number as a ticket into their 'stable.' Purchasing followers for social media accounts rarely works. The “fans” that are available for purchase, and for incorporation into social media accounts, are generally inactive “shell” accounts. The correspondingly low measure of follower interaction gives clue that the high number of followers in a social media account may be bogus. Fake followers are only helpful to those who sell them. Mainstream recognizes and respects real numbers. Writers can earn a real following for creative work, but they have to do it the right way.