In the goal section of a post a few weeks back, I talked about organising myself across social media and finding places I wanted to do the most of my talking. Boy was that tricky! I decided to focus on Twitter, peer blogs and Goodreads, doing most of my socialising across those three platforms.
The first two? Piece of cake. I love twitter and since I run a blog myself, it’s easy to talk to other bloggers about what they’re doing and how. I’m still not as organised as I’d like to be on that score, but I’m getting there.
Goodreads? What the hell?!
I’m sure it’s no more difficult to navigate prior to Amazon’s takeover, but for some reason I’m really struggling to find my way over there. It’s so busy. There are lots of conversations happening all the time and I must admit I’ve found myself somewhat overwhelmed by the sheer weight of traffic that seems to drive through that site every day. And I know that has changed since Amazon acquired it. The pair are linked now, which means that every book purchase I make, for instance, may end up there with reviews. I’ve had to manually tell both Amazon and Goodreads not to talk to each other as my Amazon account is also full of things Da Shared Brain has bought like DVDs, games and ink cartridges.
Sorry. I’m good at that.
What I’m saying is, my grand plan to find new book buddies over there isn’t going as well as I’d hoped. I’m finding it really tricky to wade through the flood of ‘come to my book event’ (aka look at me, look at me, I’ve got a book I want you to buy!) and ‘be my friend’ (aka I’m adding as many people as I can to my account’s friends list so I have more people to spam with the ‘come to my book event messages).
I don’t mean to be a complete cynic about it, but I’m reconsidering my choice to use Goodreads as a platform to chat to people. There is so much noise over there that it’s hard to find people who just want to talk books. And that’s what I want right now. I have a critique group, but I don’t have a book club and of all my friends, only a tiny handful reads the sorts of things I read. So I want to talk to people about books I love.
*sigh* Maybe I’m just not spending enough time there. Maybe I’m looking in the wrong places for this sort of information. But I don’t even have an author profile there yet. I have no books released (even if Raven does), so there’s no point me attacking Goodreads as an author. It would be far more valuable to me as a reader, right? Right? *hopeful voice*
Do you guys use Goodreads? How do you find it over there? Are you constantly drowning in the mire of authors trying to flog you things or have you actually managed to start chatting to people? I’d love to know. 🙂
For some reason I’m not certain of the week seem to crawl. I got lots done, but it seemed to be far more of the ‘here and there’ stuff rather than the items I added to this list. Or maybe that’s my brain playing tricks with me.
Check in with Karen regarding SORB edits
Yep. Pretty much the day after I mailed her, I had the file. I’m 65 pages in and taking my time. Weird though, it’s just about a month and a half since I sent her the file and it’s like reading the story for the first time. Again. How is that even possible? o.O
Check in with Dave regarding cover art if no input by Wednesday)
Yup. Got a message back saying he’s doing well with the designs. This is a case of my own impatience creeping through to be honest. I’m sooooooo keen to see what he has that I can barely sit still. But he has promised me scans of the thumbnail sketches so I can drool over those (again) for a little bit while I’m waiting. And share them as teasers for my subscribers of course. 😉
Seek hosts for my blog bounce
This is another instance in which I phrased a goal badly. I did this, but I have no way to measure it. I’m not sure how many people I’ve spoken to, I just know that I’m getting some responses and that I’m becoming pretty damn good at answering interview questions. 😉
Outline content of SORB’s press release
Not quite complete but the basics are there. Of course I have no images yet (like final cover) but I have some details from the press kit over at the main website. That’s enough to get me hitting the ground running.
Spend at least two nights NOT working and combine them with EITHER an early night or a CrossFit/Roller Derby workout*
Eeerm. Totally didn’t manage this. Far too many late nights and nowhere near enough exercise. Especially since I’m on a roller derby break. Oh, I hadn’t mentioned that? *eye roll* Yes, I need a break from it just while I pull all these projects in order. Losing every Sunday and various weeknights for skating is contributing to the stress I’m feeling so I’m looking at other ways to cram in the exercise I need.
- Finalise SORB’s press release
- Complete 40 pages of SORB edits
- Approach seven individuals regarding my blog bounce (that’s only one a day)
- Decide on content and frequency of tweets regarding SORB’s release
- Find one group on Goodreads that is reader friendly
- Visit two peer blogs per day
That’ll do for now. Gently, gently, slowly, slowly. That’s how you get things done (if you’re me, anyway).