So, Devil’s Party Press, when you say you want me to have a social media presence, what do you mean by that, exactly?

Wellsir, I’ll tell ya.

Writers often have the notion that it’s publishing companies who sell books. But that’s not true. We make books.

So who or what sells them?

The authors sells them, and what I mean is not that the author goes door-to-door or bookstore to bookstore like a Fuller Brush salesman.

What I mean is that people, the ones who don’t know you, buy your books because they’re intrigued by you, they want to know you, or they’ve read your other work and they’re looking for a repeat performance.

Only you can accomplish that, and here is how:

Blog. We have found WordPress to be the easiest place to blog from because with one post you can automatically repost to Facebook (an author page), Goodreads (an author page), Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn. and probably a few other places I’m not thinking of. And you can start off super-cheap, as low as free, or upgrade a bit for just $48/year (and no, we’re not getting a kickback from WordPress {WP} for this). Imagine, you put one post on WP, and it appears, like magic, in every other place. What a deal!

How often to blog, and what about?

How ever much you blog, do it consistently, so fans know when to look for your work. I suggest twice a month for all, and we require two posts/month from the authors whose long-form works we publish. Amount? 250 + words. Topics? Why you write. What you do when you write. Your day-to-day life. Your favorite foods, TV shows, music. And so on.

We ask the long-form authors we publish to do two blogs a month, and have them written and scheduled to go one month in advance. 500 words (or more) about the equivalent of two typed pages total each month. You can do that.

Think that people don’t buy your book; they buy you: your cleverness, your genre, your hairdo, your personal life. Daniel Steel knew it a long time ago. We need to know it now. (And anyway, your story’s better!) Help people find your good writing. Share yourself. And when your book is ready, send it to us.

So, that’s what the heck we mean. And if we choose to publish your long-form work, we’ll help you get there.

In the meantime, start thinking about why you buy the books you buy. What prompts you to put out your hard-earned money for a book?

And here’s some help from WordPress: