Hello, little WordPress blog! I’m so sorry I’ve neglected you!
I’ve actually been spending most of my social media time on Tumblr lately — I’m laylainalaska over there, if you want to follow me. Most of what you’ll find over there right now is related to Marvel comics and their recent crop of superhero movies; I’m a longtime comics fan currently getting my fan on in a big way because of the new Captain America movie. 😀 Other shiny stuff (pretty pictures, cute animal gifs, and that sort of thing) is thrown in as it catches my eye.
On the writing front, there is not really much to report that’s different from my last progress post. I have a novel, Held for Ransom, coming out this fall — contemporary M/M romance — but I’m still pretty far out from edits on that. (I’ll talk more about it when I have more to talk about!) I made another short story sale to an anthology — can’t talk about it yet because the lineup hasn’t been announced officially, but I’ll let you know when I can. 🙂 And I have a story in LessThanThreePress’s Project Fierce anthology, which will be out in July. I’m STILL working on that stupid steampunk novel … I have two novellas I need to do edits on, and another one I want to finish … and that’s pretty much where I am. 🙂
I’m also thinking about how to best use this blog, because right now I’m not really doing much of anything with it (and haven’t done anything at all with my Layla M. Wier facebook page yet). Still kicking around ideas … I’m thinking about some combination of the following:
- Guest bloggers
- Weekly or monthly flashfic prompts
- Pictures of Alaska (hey, I live in a scenic state, might as well take advantage of it)
- Snippets of my works in progress
- Posts on books, movies, or other pop culture topics
- Posts on writing
That’s all I can come up with right now. One of my big “to do” things in the next few weeks is to sit down and figure out how to MAKE MY SOCIAL MEDIA WORK FOR ME …. ahahaha, like it’ll actually be that analytical; it’s really more a matter of figuring out where I most enjoy spending time online, what kind of content I would have the most fun providing for my blog, and so forth.
I am a firm believer in the theory that there is very little point in spending time on social media you don’t enjoy being on, just because you feel like you ought to for professional reasons; the possible marketing advantages are outweighed by the fact that you’re obviously only there for the marketing, and I think people subconsciously react to that. Which is why I don’t really do much with Twitter — I have one, and I use it sometimes, but it isn’t really enjoyable for me. Whereas I find both Tumblr and WordPress-style blogging very fun, so that’s where I want to concentrate my energy. For me, it’s really more about building up an online social circle and making friends than “marketing” per se — I mean, yes, getting my name and brand out there is certainly part of that, but it’s not the only thing I’m here for, and IMHO doing it just for the marketing isn’t the best way to market yourself anyway.
(“Market yourself.” Now I feel like a basket of apples.)