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We Are Not Alone: The Writer's Guide to Social Media Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1935712183 ISBN-10: 1935712187

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Who Dares Wins (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935712187
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935712183
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's Me Writer, I was already convinced Lamb had good advice to offer.
Lefty
After reading less than half of Kristen's book, I already started getting the exact results I have been searching for!
Courtenay Madsen
Kristen's writing style is wonderfully conversational and reading her is like chatting with an old friend.
Jamie DeBree

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Courtenay Madsen on July 12, 2010
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I have literally bought thirteen books that claim they will shoot me to the top of the three major social media networks, and I followed their plan, did exactly what they said to do, and received zero results. After reading less than half of Kristen's book, I already started getting the exact results I have been searching for! This book is a rare gem because it's not your typical "how-to". Kristen is a delight to read, and I promise she will leave you wanting more - more information and more of her clever wit. If you want to really know how to get ahead in social media, set yourself apart from all of the other authors and their books - buy Kristen's book. You won't regret it!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Brian Stalians on October 9, 2010
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I work at a publishing house and an author of ours brought this book to me from a convention he attended. I read through this book in two days.

We have always used social media to not only promote our company and our books, but also help our authors in promoting themselves. This book takes what we have done, and shows us ways to push that to the next level.

It is a wonderful read, chock full of ideas and step by step guides on how to dive into this "must do" marketing arena of the 21st century.

If you are a published author, or a writer working towards becoming published, get your hands on this book now! This industry is incredibly difficult to succeed in. This is one tool that will increase your odds of success!

We are now ordering a copy of this book and sending it to each of our authors as a part of our signing package. Yea! We feel it is both that good, and that important.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jamie DeBree on July 14, 2010
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Every writer needs a copy of this book! It's the definitive guide for understanding *why* we need to market, how passive marketing works (and why it works better than the traditional "hard sell" methods online), and how to set up all three of the major social media profiles plus a blog in a simple, easy to understand format. Kristen's writing style is wonderfully conversational and reading her is like chatting with an old friend. One of the best purchases any writer could make, in my opinion.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 30, 2012
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I've heard about Kristen Lamb's book on twitter for months, which is great proof that at least some of the techniques covered in this book are effective. And there really are some great tips in here - particularly related to choosing what you're branding (hint: brand your name, not your characters/book title), thinking about keyword optimization, and considering who your audience is. It's also written in a positive and motivational style, and I appreciate her recommendations about keeping one's online presence friendly, positive, and focused on selling through giving/helping rather than mindless bot-style promo.

However, the online world has changed significantly since this book was published in 2010. Kristen Lamb devotes a lot of pages to MySpace (even moreso than Facebook/twitter/Wordpress), recommending that a writer set up a MySpace page as their primary website, and vowing that even though MySpace has been declared dead by pundits, it's not at all dead and that there's still a huge audience there. Someone who isn't internet savvy might take her at her word and waste a lot of time trying to set up a MySpace page when MySpace truly is dead (and Kristen knows this now, since a search for her MySpace page shows it's mostly inactive). And even if it isn't dead, I personally don't love the idea of building your whole online identity on someone else's platform - if you build your whole following on MySpace or Facebook, and have all your content there, you're at the mercy of their business model and will lose that network if/when they shut down. Even if she can't rewrite the whole book, an author's note at the beginning of current editions to say 'ignore the MySpace stuff' would be a great addition to maintain the credibility of the rest of the book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Murray VINE VOICE on October 9, 2011
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Kristen Lamb's wonderful social media how-to book, We are Not Alone: The Writer's Guide to Social Media (Who Dares Wins Publishing 2010), delivers on her promise. She provides a great nuts-and-bolts introduction to the basics of marketing your book online. She shares her knowledgeable insights in branding yourself, putting your name out there (something we innately fear), and joining the online conversation in an enthusiastic voice that can motivate you even though it's... just words. She then explains how to get your new 'brand' out there on the many facets of social media, including Facebook, Twitter My Space (think: Google Plus instead), and a WordPress blog. She also has a lively blog where she interacts with readers, answers questions and explains where times have changed and she no longer pushes the My Space sign-up (I suggested Google Plus as a replacement because I've found lots of useful info in my G+ stream).

I've spent considerable time learning how to market online. I don't have a lot of discretionary money to spend on hiring agents or specialists. Spreading the word must be through me and be pretty cheap. Since I have yet to publish a fiction book, most of my effort is directed at my non-fiction technology training textbooks for K-8. So, I sat down at my computer, Kristen's book in my lap, and compared her instructions to my current marketing plan. Here's what I found:

She convinced me of the importance of branding--putting my name or pen name on all of my writing so readers understood my voice. As a result, I added my name to this blog. I didn't add it to my tech blog because I think Ask a Tech Teacher (my blog name) is a brand of itself.
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