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Technology for writers: Get the on social media

Promote yourself and your writing online with advice from Chris Glithero

The internet age has given authors an unprecedented capacity to promote themselves and their books to the masses. Whether you’re a self-publishing DIY warrior, you’re trying to gain the interest of publishers, or you’re supporting the launch of your next bestseller, you can reach out to thousands or even millions of people right from your laptop or smartphone. But so can everyone else.

Yes, while once in those fledgling days of social media you might have been able to get somewhere just by ‘showing up’, today you need to get smart to cut through the chatter. After all, you’re not just competing with other authors for the attention of social media users, but with a bewildering array of cute animal videos, outrageous clickbait articles, beckoning ads and salacious status updates.

So, in this article we’re going to take a look at how you can ace social media, and avoid the traps that will see you sitting alone muttering to yourself in your own solitary corner of the digital cocktail party.

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