I'm having serious doubts (again) about the amount of time I spend on social networking sites versus the time I could spend writing and promoting through personal appearances. Blogging is great fun, Twitter's a blast, and Facebook is entertaining. I love the time I spend visiting other blogs and leaving comments. The writers and readers I meet in this web world are amazing. More than ever, I realize what a small world we live in. Since I learned to budget my time on these activities, I'm not likely to give them up.
As a writer, however, I need to look at social media as a sales tool. Since I'm not willing to place a bunch of ads on my blog, and I'm not interested in making every blog post, tweet, or Facebook post a sales pitch, I need to take another look at the sites readers visit as they try to decide what book to read next.
I'm aware of:
Library Thing (which has apparently been down since March 16th)
CrimeSpace: A Place for Readers and Writers of Crime Fiction to Meet
Red Room: Where the Writers Are
Mystery Writers of America
International Thriller Writers
Sisters in Crime
Writers: Do you find any of these sites useful as a sales tool? What other sites do you use effectively?
Readers: Which sites do you visit regularly to learn about authors and their books? Are you more likely to look at professional book reviews or the recommendations of readers like yourself?