Facebook for Authors – Part 2

Authors should try to get at least 500 friends on Facebook

Getting to 500 Friends

If you don’t have friends added to your friends list, being a part of a social networking site is rather pointless. On Facebook, you can be average or you can be a superstar. Obviously, since you are using Facebook for promoting yourself as an author and your published books, you want to be a superstar.

First you should note that fewer than 200 friends on an author Facebook page isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it’s an average thing. However, again, you want superstar status, so this won’t do for you.

Once you have 500 friends, you are considered popular.  People will gravitate to you.  You will be in a better position to get the word out about your book and your book subject.  When you have between 800 and 1000 friends, you’re essentially a Facebook celebrity. Eventually, that’s what you should be working toward.  For now, let’s concentrate on becoming popular, with 500 friends.

Do not use automated software that adds friends to your Facebook friends list. This defeats the purpose of social networking. Instead, do it the ‘hard way’. You will come to realize that the hard way really isn’t hard at all.

The first thing to do is to join all of the groups that you can find related to your book subject or genre. There are plenty of them out there.  Here is a great link to a video about how to find groups on Facebook: http://youtu.be/9UDE-rOxJ9I.  Following the guidelines in this video, you should have no trouble finding many groups related to your book subject or genre.

Each time you join a group, send a friend request to all members of that group.  You will need to email each one separately.  You might say, “I see that we are both members of such and such group on Facebook and I would like to add you to my friends list here at Facebook.” Or you might say, “I realize that you do not know me personally, but I see that we have xxx in common, so I would like to add you to my circle of friends.”

Not all members will accept the request, but the majority of them will. This can be a little time consuming, but it is well worth the effort in the end. Try to add NO MORE than 20 new friends each day.  Anything more than this might raise spammer flags with Facebook.

Once you’ve exhausted the groups, find other groups that are related to your subject or genre. For example, if you are in a mystery novel group, find mystery game groups, and start adding members as friends.

It does take a concentrated effort on your part, but it is well worth it in the end, and if you are dedicated, you absolutely will have more than 500 friends or more.

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