Why I have a Facebook page…

I have a few pages…!

On the 12×12 in 12 group on Facebook, I created a doc for people to list their Facebook pages. This generated a discussion about Facebook pages and whether or not to have them if you are not a published author.

I have a Facebook page, or two:

I also have a personal profile (obviously).

Right now, I’m not a published author. It is a dream of mine and I’m plugging away getting all the books that are stuck in my head out and onto the screen/page.

I have pages for my different projects for a number of reasons. This includes:

  • Being able to share things with people who are interested in reading my blogs/writing. Each blog has a different focus, so different people would be interested, rather than sharing my blog posts with everyone on my friends list.
  • I play games & muck around on Facebook – not everyone needs to see that stuff.
  • Most of the status updates on my personal profile are personal, about my kids and similar, and not related to my writing.
  • Most of the status updates on my pages are either links to blog posts, requests for help with story ideas and other updates related to my writing.

I am also building a fan base of supporters. The hope is that when I do publish my books, or have them published, I will already have a group of people to start marketing my books to.

Another thing that I’m finding is the people following my journey are also incredibly helpful. They add comments on my blogs, give suggestions and also give their opinions on the work I post. It is incredibly encouraging, especially on days when I’m feeling a bit discouraged – writing is an isolating profession.

For all you authors out there, I’m hoping to write a few more posts about Facebook pages for unpublished authors. If you have any questions, please ask them and I’ll do my best to answer them in future posts.

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Comments

  1. I feel the same way as an unpublished author with a facebook page! Thanks for this.

  2. Very articulate post. All good points and good reasons for having different pages for different things!

  3. I saw you on the Comment Challenge and thought I would stop by to say “hi”.

  4. I never thought about having a page as an unpublished author. I have one for my blog, but not for myself as an author. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  5. Theses are great reasons to have different profiles sites! Thanks for the info Melissa πŸ™‚

  6. I am in the process of developing my author page now, so I appreciate your insights. I would LOVE more on this topic. There’s so much for all of us to learn! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Julie. I’ve already scheduled a post for next Tuesday with more πŸ™‚ Looks like a weekly feature is in the planning…

  7. Thanks for posting on this topic. I’ve considered a Facebook Author page for quite some time but thought, as I’ve not yet gotten a traditional picture book contract, that it would be premature. I blog and tweet, but was afraid people would think I was dumb to have one before any print books came out. Thanks for the encouragement!

  8. I’ve been debating whether to start a Facebook page (that’s not my personal profile). I already spend a ton of time on my blog and Twitter, and now Google+. As a prepublished illustrator/writer, I know it’s probably a good thing to do though, as FB remains the most popular social network.

  9. Thank you for the sensible critique. Me & my cousin were just preparing to do some research on this. We got a book from our local library but I think I learned better from this post. I’m very glad to see such great info being shared freely out there…

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