Until 2017 I had no Facebook account. Until 2017 I had no Twitter acount, and until 2018 I had to Instagram account. I guess you could say I was a Social Media recluse; and then I wrote Lottie Loser. What a difference a day makes.
I need to be really honest with you here, and tell you that I never had any intention of sharing my life over the internet. Social Media, in my opinion, was intrusive and dangerous, and I wanted no part of it. So why did writing a book make a difference? You guessed it, exposer.
Marketing and sales are kind of my thing. I did both in my previous life as a banker, and was good at them, but selling myself as an author, as well as getting Lottie into the hands of a broad sector, was going to take more. A lot more.
Having daughters who are part of Generation X was my saving grace in setting up both Facebook and Twitter accounts. I posted things related to Lottie, and even started liking and replying to other people’s posts, and before long, I was one of those annoying people with their face in their phone, watching to see what the world around me was doing. Ugh.
Then Call Me Charlotte released and I really got serious about my Social Media presence. Wait! I wasn’t serious before? Apparently not, so with a little help from my friends I’ve become more enlightened on how to use Twitter, and in 2019 I’m reinventing myself.
I’m not strong technically, and my skills with graphics could be better, but I can post words with the best of them! And thankfully those words have led me to some amazing new Social Media friends, several of whom are authors.
Jerri Hines…author of The Southern Legacy Series, was one of the first authors to follow me, and read and wrote an endorsement for inside Lottie Loser.
David Edmonds…Multiple Award Winning Author of Lily of Peru and The Girl in the Glyphs, was one of my first Social Media friends because we both published with Southern Yellow Pines Publishing. David also wrote an endorsement for Lottie.
SE Rose…author of the Portenous Destiny Series, follows me on every Social Media site, and even subscribes to my Blog.
Willie Handler…author of The Road Ahead, is a Twitter guru and has been helping me with my brand. Who knew I even needed one?!
Sandy Barker…author of the Someone Series, is a fresh new voice in romance, and even asked me to write a blurb for her newest book.
Meka James…whose latest book, Anything Once releases January 22, actually came to The Decatur, Georgia Book Festival just to meet me. Me!
KJ Gillenwater is my newest Twitter author friend, and not only do we both write romance, we found out we’re going on the same writing cruise! We’ve had so much fun getting to know each other through Twitter that I know we’ll glean from each other on and after the cruise.
So where am I going with this? Well, I have to be honest again and tell you that I now enjoy Social Media in a way I never thought I would, and Twitter especially, has expanded my horizons in a whole new direction. I no longer cringe at the idea of Social Media, and while I’m still careful about posting when I’m going to be out of town, and don’t share really personal things, I now look forward to getting up every morning to see what has posted overnight. And yes, I check it throughout the day, too!
Social Media and me? Let’s just say we have an understanding. I give information to her, and she helps me get it to just the right people.🤗
Look for me on Facebook:@DanaLBrownAuthor
Twitter : @DanaLBrownBooks
Instagram: dana _brown_author
And on my Amazon Author Page: http://Amazon.com/author/danalbrown
Now if I could just get motivated towards all the other Social Media sites out there, but baby steps, right?!
Until we read again📚
Dana L. ❤️