Why I Love My Facebook Author Page

4 Feb

First, I would like to thank Heather B. Costa at Trials of a wanna-be-published writer for stating, Minutes Before Sunset is a fun and well-paced read, full of witty dialogue and thrilling action that keeps you entertained the whole way through, especially the final twist which took this reader by surprise.” Read her entire review here. Her website is a fantastic place for aspiring writers and avid readers.

 Now, onto today’s topic:

Like most people, I am on Facebook. In fact, I have three different Facebook pages – Shannon A. Thompson, The Timely Death Trilogy, and November Snow – but Shannon A. Thompson is the page I spend the most time on, and I wanted to talk about why I love having a Facebook page as an author. I will also add some tips to increase your traffic.

Join me on Facebook while we talk about it :D

Join me on Facebook while we talk about it 😀

Why I Love It:

It’s popular, it’s fun, it’s fast, and it has lots of different kinds of media – including statuses, events, offers, pictures, and link options. You can also schedule posts, which allows you to be present, even when you can’t be. But my favorite part is how you can link it to your other social media places – like Twitter, blogs, and more. You can also use Facebook as your Facebook fan page, so I can visit other authors pages as “Shannon A. Thompson” without using my personal profile. This allows other users to come to my page, see who I am, and/or why I was on the other pages at all. Hopefully, we’ll be able to connect.

Because I have to acknowledge it:

Facebook has made a lot of changes, attempting to stop people on their own Facebook Fan Pages to stop connecting with followers. One of these changes was when Facebook stopped allowing pages to invite their own followers to events by the page (meaning, you must be personal friends with them to invite them anywhere.) Seems ridiculous – just like many of the changes – but I still think it’s worth it to have a Facebook presence. I look at it like this: Just because it’s hard, doesn’t mean we should give up. It means we should try harder. We just have to help each other know the best ways to connect, so here are three tips I’ve put below for you:

Here are a few tips:

A Facebook Change Authors Need to Know About! – Writer, Lisa Goldman posted this, and I am so glad she did. Facebook is an ever-changing place. We are constantly adjusting to their changes, and this post helps you optimize your post with a little trick known as “link-shares.”

The Power of Facebook for Authors: I think this article summarizes some great information. My favorite part that they discuss is the content one should be posting, which is anything that “helps you amuse, entertain, educate, engage.” On my page, I try to post types of information like this, and I attempt to switch it up. One day, I might share an informative article, the next day might showcase what I’m up to in my future writing plans.

Because I love Nathan Bransford, I have to include a post of his: Facebook Pages vs. Facebook Profiles – this is for those of you who aren’t sure which type they should have. I understand pros on both cases, but I chose to have a Facebook page rather than a profile simply because I know too many readers who don’t feel comfortable enough to add authors on their profiles, fearing that they are too personal. That being said, I’m open-minded to it, but I’m also researching more information on how FB is planning to change in the future, and so far, I think the FB pages will have more ways to appeal to fans soon. (I will share information as I come across it, especially on my Facebook page.)

I hope these tips help! If you have any, feel free to share below. (In fact, please share!) And discuss away about Facebook land. 

~SAT

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5 Responses to “Why I Love My Facebook Author Page”

  1. heatherbcosta February 4, 2014 at 4:25 am #

    Thank you for the shout-out, Shannon. It was both a delight and an honor to read your book 🙂

    Heather xxx

  2. GG's Handmade Gifts February 4, 2014 at 6:08 am #

    Facebook is a great tool that has changed the experience of internet users worldwide. It’s advangaes are doubtless. Yet, sometimes people forget it’s only a tool and they turn it into a goal: likes, followers e.t.c, not to mention the advertising and PR campaigns. Personal communication is more and more suffocated under the ambitions of companies, who pay to to be heard… Apart from that, I have a question about copywright? Doesn’t everything you post on Facebook, as an author, including texts, become its intellectual property? “Terms and conditions”, you know… I’ll be glad if you carify on that. Thx in advance!

  3. Candace Habte February 4, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

    Thanks for this Shannon! Just getting into FB (but don’t have an author page yet) and this is helpful.

  4. angieneto February 9, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    Reblogged this on Phoenix Raines.

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