4 Ways to Connect with Readers

Guest Blogger: Dana Sitar (@danasitar)

Let’s start with what “connect with readers” does not mean: It does not mean “Get in front of your readers and convince them to buy your book.” It does not mean, “Aim for big numbers on social media or a high subscriber rate to your blog.”

It also does not mean you have to answer every single email, reply to every tweet, return every share in kind, buy someone’s book if they bought yours, or re-tweet them as many times as they do you.

These are all means to an end, the metrics online marketers have found to define your influence, clout, and worthiness as a thought leader. But these measurable stats aren’t the goal. A real connection is intangible and hard to measure.

What “connect with readers” really means is forging a real-life, human bond with the people who love your work.

Contacting and following the work of your readers through email and social media are a great way to forge a connection, but they don’t guarantee it. What you need to ensure a valuable connection is the right state of mind. Remember these tips:

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Love a Book Today!


Love a Book Today!
It’s my favorite day of the year: National Book Lovers Day! Of course, I didn’t even know at first that this special holiday was today. I didn’t even know this holiday existed, to tell the truth, before this afternoon, when I started getting emails and texts from friends and family. For me, every single minute of every single day is book lover’s day. But hey, what a great reason to celebrate today! Everybody take the night off and go home and read! And to kick off your celebration, here’s a round up of some fun NBL blogs and comments. Read More


30 Writing Tips From Famous Authors

Writing is easy: All you have to do is start writing, finish writing, and make sure it’s good. But here’s some vastly more useful wisdom and advice from people who seriously know what the hell they’re talking about.

1.  Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway

We’ll publish the rest, one at a time every week or so.