Worderella Hunts for her Readers

Dear Reader,

I’ve gotta say, it’s been pretty tough tracking you down. I’ve done it to myself, I know, writing such a particular genre (paranormal historical romance). But the thing is, this is the genre that is spilling onto the page, so this is the genre it seems I must write.

So first, I’d like to list what I know about you. I know you are probably a young-to-middle-aged-or-older woman. I suspect you are probably interested in historical fiction, romance, and the paranormal. Some combination of all three, if preferable. I know you are interested in relationships, particularly father/adult-daughter relationships and romantic relationships. I know you probably like…

What I don’t know is where you’re hiding yourself. I assume you are busy reading, living life, enjoying food, drink, and the company of excellent companions. I applaud these activities and encourage you to indulge them more often.

Our lives are far too hectic these days; we don’t know when to take a break or how to know when we should take a break. Even when we recognize when to take a break from the everyday doldrums, we don’t know how to.

Those of us who are lucky know to lose ourselves in a good book. The sort of good book I’m in the middle of writing, just for you.

I’m trying everything I can think of to reach you. I want you to know that I care about you, I’m fighting to make a quality, personalized product just for you. And I think I’m making headway, thanks to social media.

You see, I’ve been a part of social media for years. I had a Facebook page under a different name, and learned the ropes of the system. I deleted that page because, well, it was getting spammed by every robot and its mother. But I started a Facebook page under the name Belinda Kroll because I wanted to get to know my potential readers. I want to know what you find interesting, funny, weird, touching, etc.

I want to get to know you. And I’d like you, in the process, to get to know me.

But in the meantime, I seem to be getting a lot of fellow writers friending me on Facebook. Which is totally fine, and I’m loving the idea of garnering a small community of writer friends. But the point of my attempt at social media was to get to know you, and not necessarily my friendly competition.

Today, however, I feel as though I’ve stumbled onto a landmine. You see, I’ve been part of Twitter for over a year, but just recently set up a Twitter account dedicated to my writing. This Twitter account is where I keep up with the big writing and publishing news. I follow my blog friends, I follow agents and publishers, and I follow you, if I’m able to find you.

Which leads me to my landmine: the Twitter Search functionality. It’s taken me a while to discover how to utilize social media successfully. But I realized today that I can search for the terms that pertain to my writing, and therefore pertain to your interests.

I use this cool Firefox browser plug-in called Yoono, which allows me to log into multiple social media accounts. At any given time, I get real-time updates from Twitter and Facebook. This allows me to continue writing and researching, while taking pulse of the writing and publishing community.

Yoono is also cool because it saves my searches for me. Each search for Twitter becomes a sort of specialized list which I can access at any time. I’ve used the following terms to get closer to you, to discover if these terms pertain to you and your interests the way I hope they do…

I think I’m on the right track. The tweets I receive when I click on these search topics are from you. The content is that you’re reading these books and you’re suggesting them to friends and fellow readers.

Don’t take this the wrong way. I don’t want to spam you by advertising my work. Instead, I want to hear what you have to say about these amazing writers. After all, I’m a fan of Amanda Quick, Deanna Raybourn, Susan Carroll, et al,  just like you. I hope to learn from their books and from your comments about their books.

But mainly, I just want to get to know you. So if you could, send me a line sometime.

All the best,

Belinda Kroll
(@worderella)

9 thoughts on “Worderella Hunts for her Readers

  1. Hi Belinda,

    Nice to meet you (((hand outstretched))).

    Great idea this blog-hopping and, blogfesting too.

    Hope to see you getting involved in blogfests – they're gret fun! 😉

    best

    F

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  2. Hi Belinda,

    Nice to meet you (((hand outstretched))).

    Great idea this blog-hopping and, blogfesting too.

    Hope to see you getting involved in blogfests – they’re gret fun! 😉

    best
    F

    Like

  3. Hey there, great way to get me interested…talking exactly to me! I love romance…especially contemporary.

    A blogfest is when someone announces that they are hosting a specifice theme on a specific day…for example, a kissing blogfest. There is always a linky…which is a way to enter your website in the blogfest.

    Then on the day the host chooses, everyone posts, on their own website, something of their writing that has to do with kissing. Your blogpost for that day also has to have a link back to the host's website so that others can click on the other entries to read them. It is also considered polite to comment on the posts of the other entrants although some of the blogfests can have up to 100 entries and so I just try to hit the ones that interest me. Its a way to network with other writers, get your work read and commented on, and garner followers that share your interest in writing.

    Hope that helps! You can see a list of blogfests on my website's side bar, but most writers have a tab or something with upcoming blogfests that they hear about.

    Happy Writing!

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    1. Raquel,

      It was about three in the morning when I woke up with the sudden realization that I’ve been catering my blog to writers, rather than to my target audience, my reader. I’ve been handwriting letters to my friends, and feel as though I need more practice.

      Blogging to the rescue!

      I like to think each one of my blog posts is like a love letter to my reader. Because really, isn’t that what we authors are doing? Courting our readers for their fickle favor?

      In terms of blogfests, I’ve just joined one; in fact, I have a post in the works where I talk about it. I really like the idea, it seems like such fun!

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  4. Hey there, great way to get me interested…talking exactly to me! I love romance…especially contemporary.

    A blogfest is when someone announces that they are hosting a specifice theme on a specific day…for example, a kissing blogfest. There is always a linky…which is a way to enter your website in the blogfest.

    Then on the day the host chooses, everyone posts, on their own website, something of their writing that has to do with kissing. Your blogpost for that day also has to have a link back to the host’s website so that others can click on the other entries to read them. It is also considered polite to comment on the posts of the other entrants although some of the blogfests can have up to 100 entries and so I just try to hit the ones that interest me. Its a way to network with other writers, get your work read and commented on, and garner followers that share your interest in writing.

    Hope that helps! You can see a list of blogfests on my website’s side bar, but most writers have a tab or something with upcoming blogfests that they hear about.

    Happy Writing!

    Like

    1. Raquel,

      It was about three in the morning when I woke up with the sudden realization that I’ve been catering my blog to writers, rather than to my target audience, my reader. I’ve been handwriting letters to my friends, and feel as though I need more practice.

      Blogging to the rescue!

      I like to think each one of my blog posts is like a love letter to my reader. Because really, isn’t that what we authors are doing? Courting our readers for their fickle favor?

      In terms of blogfests, I’ve just joined one; in fact, I have a post in the works where I talk about it. I really like the idea, it seems like such fun!

      Like

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