I have been wondering what readers will do when Facebook begins the changes coming in 2015. For most of us authors, we use Facebook to touch base with readers and friends, letting them know of new releases, bargains, freebies and upcoming releases. Now Facebook wants to regulate and charge us for posting and talking about our books. They began last year when they slammed the door on our fanpages.
In the beginning, Facebook allowed everyone to set up our fanpages, where it made it easy for readers to follow you. Then Facebook changed. No matter how many people liked your page, you needed to start boosting post…paying for a post to go out to get more views. Now, from what I’m hearing Facebook is going to start charging for any announcement used over Facebook. It will change how we Indie authors will deal with Facebook.
I don’t know about other authors, but the reason I set up Romantic Picks was because of the changes Facebook made the first time. I have a little over 2000 followers on Novel Works. Before any changes when I posted, it would go out to a 1000 to 1500 followers. After the changes, it fell to 10…No lie. It would go out to 10!
Now if Facebook brought in sales it would be different, but I’ve never seen it. I have tried their boost and paid promotions. I have seen no sales from either. That is important to note.
I have blogged about paid promotions that work such as Book Bub, OHFB, BookSends, to name a few. So what will I do when Facebook makes these changes? Here are a couple of links that have written informative blogs about this subject— The Passive Voice and The Write Conversation. Another article on the Wall Street Journal.
Authors have long searched for a way to connect with readers. Goodreads has a major following of readers, but to be honest, I have been burned by Goodreads. I love the way you can connect to readers. I have met several. Again, though, I used some of their ways to promo and have never seen sales from them. I have done book give-aways with a new release and paid ads. But, the main reason I’m leery of Goodreads is because they allowed a major group of trolls to attack authors. Now I understand that Goodreads has tried to clean up their site, but it will take time for trust to be build back up…at least on my part.
Most authors belong to multiple author groups which are extremely helpful, but we need a reliable way of reaching readers. There is a new site that promises to allow authors and readers connect.
It is called TSU. Here is my link. I just started my page. Don’t have a clue what I’m doing yet. One of my friends sent me this link to help me begin on TSU. The biggest question I’ve heard so far about this site—is it just authors befriending authors?
I would like to know what you think of it. I personally would like to stay with Facebook. It is what I’m used to; it is what I know. But I can’t afford to pay for every post I make. I do like to talk about books. Are you going to stay on Facebook? As an author? As a reader?