It is said that when an editor gets a manuscript/query letter/partial from an aspiring author, they read it first, then they Google you.
How many friends do you have on Facebook? How many followers on Twitter? How many hits on your personal blog?
How active are you with social media?
What comes up when they Google you?
That’s why hanging around Seekerville isn’t just fun (though it is). Isn’t just educational (though it is). It’s also helping you sell books. That's right, this is WORK!
Seekerville is a hit. We’re doing great over here and that is because of two things.
First and foremost Tina. (she’s not just the wind beneath our wings, she’s the wings, and probably the sky, too, and maybe our nest, and possibly the whole darned bird)
But secondly it’s YOU. It’s the folks who hang around Seekerville, stop by everyday, leave comments, join the party.
This gets your name out. Even before you’re published you are MARKETING by being involved online.
Just because you are having a great time doesn’t mean this isn’t a serious place of business here. Your participation tells an editor you’re studying, you’re involved with social media, you know how to leave a comment on a danged blog! (it’s often a huge accomplishment, Blogger being what it is!)
So, do you ever Google yourself? Go do it. All these comments will come up. If you’ve got TONS of hits then they’ll be pushed way, way, way down. And if you’re using a fake name then they may not pop up, I’m not sure how that works (though once I waded through a ton of Google hits and FOUND A COMMENT I’D LEFT ANONYMOUSLY! So be aware that anonymous isn’t all that secret, nothing’s totally secret online.) I’d never post anything online that I wasn’t willing to admit to in front of the world.
So if an editor Googles your name, what’s he/she going to find? Something I hope.
Google yourself (Is it just me or does that sound kinda dirty!) then come back here and tell me how many hits you got, and what you can do to up that number and make those hits count. It’s all part of marketing, and if you’re not being deliberate about marketing yourself (whether you’re published or not) then get started.
I Googled Julie: 95,100 hits. Wow, you are everywhere, girl. They seem to all be YOU. No Judge Julie to be found anywhere.
Ruthy: 691,000 hits? Yeesh—and everyone of them is of her whining.
Tina Radcliffe: 13,400,000 hits? Good Golly Miss Molly. Tina-the-Genius Marketer….
Also, here’s some advice…no matter how much you love your name, if your name is Nora and you’re married to the love of your life, Bill Roberts, just change your name NOW. You are never going to come up first in a Google search. NEVER. If your name can be twisted into something suitable for a porn site, just change it. I’m sorry but you have to, you’re going to need to lead people in a different direction.
You just open a whole can of worms if Googling your name leads them straight to something with a Triple X rating.
You need to name yourself and start building awareness online for that miraculous day, when some editor Googles your name.
CHANCE TO WIN! To get your name in the drawing for a signed copy of Out of Control, AND a second drawing to get your name in a drawing for an AUDIO VERSION of Out of Control, go Google yourself and report back how many hits you get. If the number is so low it’s embarrassing (like ZERO) you can simply say, the truth is too humiliating, I’ll count that as an entry and we can talk about what you need to do to change that. Include in your comments if you're rather have the print book or the audio book. If you'd rather have NEITHER, please just keep that to yourself.
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