Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Author Media: Stick Out!

Last week you may have seen a similar post--I forgot it wasn't my day--so let's try this again!

Every other Tuesday, I'll be discussing author media, everything from tumblr to book trailers. I'll share my experience, and experiments, as I navigate the crazy media waters as a newbie author.

But before we start any of the fun stuff, we need to do some housecleaning.

You want people to be able to recognize you across the web. If I have a cool selfie pic on twitter (which I did), an author style pic on google+ and a glamor shot on facebook, it can be confusing. When I retweet or drop a comment on a blog, I want to be uniform on all fronts, including forum avatars.

And while your fixing your author pic, fix your bio. Some people will tell you to write a unique bio and don't mention where you live OR how many pets you have, well, I have a different perspective.

Here's my author bio:

Eliza graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she's not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, again, she's writing. Her stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there's always a romance. She resides on Long Island with her husband, two kids and one very snuggly pit bull.

Last Friday I went to a local library that has a big teen section. I'm talking computers with video games, a little hang out spot and its own big room. I met with two librarians, one who ran the department. We chatted about my book, I gave her a copy and she flipped to the back.

"A snuggly pit bull," she said, and smiled.

I have no idea if she's a pit bull lover or what her thoughts were, but it stuck out. It opened the conversation, which turned out great. We chatted more, talked about a possible workshop, and she said she'd see about getting my book on the shelf.

And that's what you need to do in the crazy media sea. STICK OUT. It doesn't matter if you don't have a book published, or even if you do, what matters is what people will remember. Pick out one fun/unique fact about yourself and slip it in the bio.

If you are published, though, it's important to list your publications, much more important than talking about your dancing parakeet.

Now go and make some changes!

(and I better go check that I changed all of mine!)

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