I started the process of publishing with no writing education. I have published two books, one traditionally, one by self-publishing. I have a presence on my own website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Doximity, Pinterest, and Google Plus. Nevertheless, my book sales have been fairly sluggish. My understanding of how to utilize social media and promotion is very limited.
Our local community college offers courses on hundreds of different subjects for people like me. This is part of their continuing education program. I decided to start with one on e-publishing. Even though I have done this, I felt it was a great place to start, because I really didn’t have any coach or helper to do this. When you publish with a publisher, you are working with professionals. When you self-publish you have to seek out information and “read the manual.”
What did I discover?
I found that I had a pretty good handle on the technical aspects of publishing. However, my knowledge of blogging, and social media is pretty weak. I have appreciated all the nuggets of help through the process that I have received from the teacher, Pamela. She has helped me to fill in gaps in my understanding and, hopefully, will get me moving in this world of blogging and tweeting. I know that there are even newer ways to connect and will stay tuned to the web for updates. She showed me, last night, how to get listed in Google. Last class I learned what that “Reader” button at the top of the WordPress page is for. It sounds stupid to many who use blogs all the time (I’ve been on WordPress for three years), but I didn’t realize how powerful that little button is. This week, too I learned about feedly and buffer from a friend. I was able to share this with my teacher, so it isn’t just a one-way street.
Check out your own local community colleges. There are many offerings and the price is right. I certainly intend to do this again.by