Is there no end to the world domination of social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace? Now writers the world over are increasingly using sites such as these as a way of promoting that bestseller. The premise is this: submit a synopsis or chapters of your book onto your chosen networking/blogging site, create a discussion around it and sit back and wait for the hype to build. Tantalise your readers until they are just gagging to buy the book as soon as it hits the shops.
Or take it one step further and post as you write – using the feedback to change the direction of the book, develop characters, storylines etc. One Brisbane-based author is doing just that, check out Andrew Girle’s MySpace site to see how it works…
And in an increasing number of cases popular bloggers are being offered publishing contracts – in the UK Zoe Margolis landed a lucrative book deal for her pseudonymous blog ‘Girl With a One-Track Mind’, and former US soldier Colby Buzzell’s blog about his time fighting in Iraq was snapped up by Berkeley/Penguin and became the book ‘My War: Killing Time in Iraq’.
Not that I’m suggesting for one moment that Speakeasy will turn into a best-selling publication – but you never know…!