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ThatGuy
01-21-2007, 08:40 AM
I am curious if any published writers here has a Myspace page and if so, do you believe it has helped to market your book?

Also, are they any groups on Myspace for authors?

-Paul

Christine N.
01-23-2007, 09:27 PM
There are lots and lots of published authors who have myspace profiles.

Like me (http://www.myspace.com./christinenorris) I pointed you to mine because you can take a peek at My Friends and see lots of book covers. Some are published with big houses, some small, some self-published. But yes, there are plenty.

And there are plenty of groups. Writers, SF/F/H fans, poets, etc...

Has it helped market my book? I haven't been there long enough to answer that yet, only about a month. I think when my next book comes out I will get a better idea.

If nothing else, it's free and requires little maintenance.

williemeikle
01-24-2007, 02:16 PM
I'm there as well

www.myspace.com/williemeikle (http://www.myspace.com/williemeikle)

There are many authors groups ( none as good as AW though :) , and it's great for meeting people from other backgrounds to your own ... I've got filmmakers, TV studios, radio shows, newspapers etc in my friends list now.... that means when I post a bulletin, they see it, so it's all good advertising.

I'm also group moderator of a group for all things relating to Scottish writing in books, film, comics, journalism.... hell, we'll even discuss Standard Grade English if you want.
http://groups.myspace.com/scottishwriters

Willie

ThatGuy
01-26-2007, 10:55 AM
Thanks for the responses! And if anyone else has a Myspace page please send a friend request.

My Myspace Page (http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=145414429)

By the way, I just posted a pic of our newest daughter, Ruthie, who was born yesterday (Jan. 24)! Three girls!

-Paul

aruna
02-06-2007, 11:06 AM
There's another MySPace discussion here:
http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=53983&page=4

Mod35tBabe
02-06-2007, 04:06 PM
I have one as well - I like the fact once I get published I can put it in my bulletin and let people know about my writing that I mightn't reach other wise. Plus I've found old schools friends I keep in contact with now that I had lost touch with for quite a while. I have a published author who's a friend on my profile and we've messaged each other several times and he's posted links to agents blogs as well as his own writing tips on the bulletin - something I would never have known about except for myspace
Here's mine:
myspace.com/mod35t_babe

Uncarved
02-06-2007, 10:11 PM
I added you all

http://www.myspace.com/141452109

jchines
02-06-2007, 11:02 PM
I've had several people tell me they discovered me and bought my book through my MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/dsnight).

It's frustrating for me to work with MySpace, because I'm on dial-up, but I'd still say it's worth a little effort. I suspect it could easily become a time-sink, though...

Michael Murphy
02-25-2007, 11:25 PM
Hey, Paul. It's been a month since you posed the question and now you have a My Space page. How's it working out for you?

wyntermoon
02-26-2007, 07:54 AM
I must say that since I started using myspace more often in the last few weeks, I now am chatting with my favorite author and will be attending her workshop in May. :D

Citizen Rob
02-27-2007, 06:21 PM
I put together a MySpace page a while back, almost as an afterthought, and now I am so glad I did. I've gotten a surprising number of out-of-the-blue contacts from other writers and publishing professionals through MySpace.

http://www.myspace.com/citizen_rob

Sheryl Nantus
02-27-2007, 06:39 PM
yep, I gave in.

*sighs*

*points down*

:D

stormie
02-27-2007, 06:47 PM
I must say that since I started using myspace more often in the last few weeks, I now am chatting with my favorite author and will be attending her workshop in May. :D
Stacey, I have to get over there--to MySpace soon!

Agents have MySpace profiles, too.

I signed up awhile ago but never made a page. One of my son's has one.

And congrats on your new baby girl, Paul!

Michael Murphy
02-28-2007, 01:16 AM
Okay, I made the leap. http://www.myspace.com/michaelmurphynovelist

wyntermoon
02-28-2007, 04:24 AM
Stacey, I have to get over there--to MySpace soon!

Agents have MySpace profiles, too.

I signed up awhile ago but never made a page. One of my son's has one.

And congrats on your new baby girl, Paul!

Be sure to friend me when you do! I'm just sorry I'm under that goofy name now, lol.

kborsden
02-28-2007, 06:46 AM
Is it legal to promote or advertise your book on Myspace?

Dantes
03-01-2007, 07:01 PM
http://www.myspace.com/113198101

Myspace friends? Anyone? Help. My page looks rather anemic. I rarely venture over to Myspace, but I did assemble a rather pathetic page on a procrastinating afternoon.

williemeikle
03-02-2007, 11:59 AM
http://www.myspace.com/113198101

Myspace friends? Anyone? Help. My page looks rather anemic. I rarely venture over to Myspace, but I did assemble a rather pathetic page on a procrastinating afternoon.


I added you... You now have 5 friends :)


Willie

Dani Dunn
03-06-2007, 04:13 AM
Hi you guys. I also sent friends requests to each of you.

just_a_girl
03-07-2007, 12:56 AM
Is it legal to promote or advertise your book on Myspace?

Yes, of course. Why wouldn't it be? There are many successful authors published through big houses who have myspace pages and promote their books from there.

Silverhand
03-08-2007, 10:51 PM
Though I do not spend enough time with this free, marketing feature...it is still kinda neat. :)

Here is mine. (http://www.myspace.com/ebfogle)

patricer
03-09-2007, 06:58 AM
MySpace can be a great book marketing tool, but it works best for fiction authors or authors trying to reach a broad, general audience. If you target a business or professional audience, try http://www.linkedin.com or http://www.xing.com. I’ve had good success with both of these. There are also dozens of other social networking sites out there that could be a great match for your audience. Here's a good list to get you started:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites.

----------------------------
Patrice-Anne Rutledge
Bestselling author (24 books) – Freelance Journalist – Online Book Promotion Expert
Author, The Web-Savvy Writer: Book Promotion with a High-Tech Twist
http://www.websavvywriter.com (get my free special report on author websites)

Inky
03-22-2007, 08:53 AM
Eh, I'm very glad to discover I'm not sinking alone in the modern day tar pits of MySpace, ye' ken? A friend--way back when--insisted this was a must for an author. But it sat on the shelf, collecting dust until just a few weeks ago. All those codes!!! Lamo me didn't realize there were sites tha' ye' could simply choose an entire layout vs code by code, step by step, snifter by snifter (sorry--scotch in one hand, keyboarding in the other..makes fer' a rather long day of designin').

So, a toast to you all of MySpace--and I'm going to give this a try since all of ye' have insisted 'tis is a great place ta' network...
www.myspace.com/kareybrown (http://www.myspace.com/kareybrown)

Be my friend? (giggling with tongue in cheek)

Ta
karey
ps..thank God for this forum...it's helped tremendously! I'd much prefer to have my written work appear like shoes from wee elves....but, alas, one must 'pimp' their book....this place has GREAT ideas!

veinglory
03-22-2007, 06:11 PM
It pays to join communities you can become a part of. Some writers do well on myspace but I find it too slow loading and unweildy--I don't use it much so my own page doesn't get many visits in retrun (about one a week).

I tend to use LJ and blogger. You can't do it all.

BarbaraSheridan
03-23-2007, 04:22 AM
I hope you all don't mind but I've been clicking your MySpace links friending you all.

Mine is http://www.myspace.com/barbarasheridan

Inky
03-23-2007, 01:03 PM
Now, I'm MySpace freshman (commence toilet papering, egging, and pantsing)...if I hit 'accept' of a new friend--am I then automatically inserted into their MySpace 'friends' catalogue...or do I too need to send a request to be their friend? Clobber me now.

k

Pat~
03-24-2007, 09:11 PM
Thanks for the responses! And if anyone else has a Myspace page please send a friend request.

My Myspace Page (http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=145414429)

By the way, I just posted a pic of our newest daughter, Ruthie, who was born yesterday (Jan. 24)! Three girls!

-Paul

Paul, your girls are beautiful, and your book sounds hilarious. But I have to ask a stupid question...I have just started a MySpace page, and for the life of me can't figure out how to 'send a friend request.' Can anyone spell it out for me?? I'd love to add some friends...

BTW, I don't use my MySpace for promotion of my writing since I have a webpage that does that already, but I would expect that it could be a good networking tool as it catches on.

aruna
03-24-2007, 09:47 PM
Paul, your girls are beautiful, and your book sounds hilarious. But I have to ask a stupid question...I have just started a MySpace page, and for the life of me can't figure out how to 'send a friend request.' Can anyone spell it out for me?? I'd love to add some friends...

BTW, I don't use my MySpace for promotion of my writing since I have a webpage that does that already, but I would expect that it could be a good networking tool as it catches on.


Just below Paul's picture there's a box: Contacting Paul.

Under the options there you can see "add to Friends", click that, and hey presto!

Pat~
03-24-2007, 10:15 PM
Aruna, thanks--I kept trying to do that, but kept on getting a log-in page; after I'd log-in, it'd take me to my page...but didn't give me an add-to-friends page. I tried it a couple more times, and then all of the sudden, there was the add-to-friends page. Somewhere in all that, I did something right, lol!

Michael Murphy
03-26-2007, 06:44 PM
BTW, I don't use my MySpace for promotion of my writing since I have a webpage that does that already, but I would expect that it could be a good networking tool as it catches on.

I think you might be missing an opportunity with My Space. I was a non-believer until I jumped in. My Space allows you to search for readers of your genre and you can direct them to your website. This weekend I got the following blurb from a My Space friend who bought my book and sent me this:

I am so thrilled to have been able to read such a great novel by a new author. It grabbed me by the throat from page one and did not let up. I was compelled to keep reading to see what would happen next. I won't give it away but the surprise ending was a doozy! It took me 3 hours to catch my breath!. Humor, romance and a murder mystery. What more could a reader want? I can't wait for more of Casey Bannister! Thanks for a great book!

Mary

I think My Space has caught on.

wyntermoon
03-26-2007, 07:07 PM
I see bands that have really expanded their presence by using MySpace, authors were sure to catch on to the promotional aspects.

Jennafern
05-20-2007, 04:53 PM
I'm so glad to find more writers on myspace! I've been away for a while, editing, editing, and well, editing.

I just added all of you. I think I got you all.

I look forward to getting to know you all a bit more!

~Jenn

Inky
05-21-2007, 03:00 PM
Yeah, the MySpace thing has caught on, and then some. What's really cool is I get to network with some of MY favorite authors in a way that wasn't possible a few short years ago. And now, I have authors asking ME to be THEIR friend in this whole MySpace craze...how complimentary is THAT???? I also have Google set up to alert me when my book or name is searched. It comes back with a prompt showing exactly from where the search was made. 9 times out of 10, it was from a thread here on AW, and several from MySpace...so yep, every little bit helps towards self promoting.

Monkey
05-21-2007, 06:29 PM
I have crappy dial-up, and it takes me forever to add people to my Friends list.

Also, when I started MySpace, I tried to come up with a URL that might cause people who were randomly searching to come upon my site (I didn't know much of anything about MySpace).

So here I am, slowly trying to add you all...I've done about 4 so far, and will do more tomorrow.

For anyone who wants to help me along, or for anyone else who would like to add me, my MySpace is www.myspace.com/author_gamedesigner (http://www.myspace.com/author_gamedesigner) . (There is an underscore between author and gamedesigner, you just can't see it).

I also have a personal page (the one above is just for my writing stuff). It's easy to find because I'm on my own Friends list.

Inked:

If you are on someone's list, they are on yours and vice versa.

Pat:

You need to go to your own home page, and then go to the other person's profile from there. Otherwise, the system doesn't think you're logged on, and will ask you to do so before trying to make someone your Friend.

Just log in, then put the given URL in the navigation bar. Then you can go down to their contact box and add them.


Hope to see you all on MySpace!

UKREVIEWER
06-22-2007, 01:51 PM
I'm there as well. Although not as an author, as a book reviewer with a book review site - so there are lots of authors there to discover!

Please take a look at my own personal MySpace account and the one in my friends list under the name 'Alternative-Read', which is the group MySpace account.

http://www.myspace.com/sassy_brit (Yes, that's really me - groan!)
http://www.myspace.com/alternativeread (Group MySpace!)

Thanks. If you want to be added, please go right ahead.

PattiTheWicked
06-22-2007, 05:17 PM
I used to swear I'd never have a myspace page, and although I actually registered with them around two years ago, I didn't put a page up until about a month ago.

I have found that the hits on my regular web page have increased tremendously since I built my MySpace. Still too early to tell if it's affecting book sales, but I have been contacted by at least two people who are interested in setting up book promo events, so it's definitely reasonable to assume you can use MySpace for marketing.

It's all about networking.

Jersey Chick
06-22-2007, 07:01 PM
I'm in the process of setting up a page on MySpace - If anyone wants to pop over there - it's http://www.myspace.com/kimberlynee. It's still pretty pathetic right now, but I hope it'll change :)

Inky
06-22-2007, 09:16 PM
I'm in the process of setting up a page on MySpace - If anyone wants to pop over there - it's http://www.myspace.com/kimberlynee. It's still pretty pathetic right now, but I hope it'll change :)

Okay...sent you a friend's request..thanks for the invite!

karey

Jersey Chick
06-22-2007, 09:35 PM
Woo hoo! I've got friends! Now I need to get more (insert evil laugh here).

Thank you! :)

As soon as I figure out how to send requests - everyone's in trouble ;)

Update - I've sent requests to everyone here (I think, my daughter had a meltdown and I had to step away and I think I lost my place...) hee hee...

Stuart Clark
07-11-2007, 06:43 AM
Okay,

I just "friended" all of you - anyone else reading this thread, you can find me at the links below.

Another good networking tool is Shelfari http://www.shelfari.com which is kinda like myspace for books. You create your own online bookshelf and can then chat about books with like minded shelf-keepers.

I know for a fact that Shelfari has been responsible for at least two book sales for me.

Regards
Stuart

III
07-17-2007, 10:50 PM
My Space allows you to search for readers of your genre and you can direct them to your website.

How do you do that?

Justin91
07-17-2007, 11:15 PM
How do you do that?

Yeah, I have trouble using the Myspace search tool...it could be a lot better...

stupendous man
07-19-2007, 12:35 AM
I'm on there as well, and really curious about networking and finding your interested readers. Do tell!


http://www.myspace.com/detsky