It’s that time again. (Actually I am a little late) A post for the Insecure Writers Support Group.
Finding a friend or willing victims. It sounds morbid, and it’s not. I promise. Well not too morbid. Anyone else hear about these networks called street teams? They help promote a specific author and in return you get free books and prizes. Sometimes. Other street teams are more of a social circle. Some are closed to external jabber. Others are open to helping anyone who is willing to help the administrator. I think I am somewhere in between. I don’t want someone joining my group and getting nothing out of it. The issue is that when you only have a couple of people, the group can’t really be just about me anyway, and not seem very self serving. For the time being I am approaching a “street team” more like a way to meet other authors and book lovers. This is all in hopes of developing a network that will eventually love to promote me.
So now. How do I get members? Good question. Lots of authors gain users through giveaways. My issues is, do these pan out? I haven’t see it. I don’t want people entering who have no intention of being active. I mean commenting, laughing, and maybe sharing promotional information. I want people who want to be involved, even just once in a blue moon.
I am learning so much about networking from bigger name authors, but I don’t have the name or the networks to succeed as quickly. Yes. I said as quickly. I think we all eventually succeed. The glass is always half full.
Tips or pointers if you have a successful network? Otherwise, are you interested in joining my little group?
Visit other bloggers in the Insecure Writers Support Group ! (A blog hop that posts the first Wednesday of every month, founded by Head Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh.) Thanks to his co-hosts this month too!
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time.
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I have also read about authors using street teams. I have however, never tried it. But I am sure one would get a lot of attention, because you are literally interacting with people in person, especially if you are giving away free promotional items, like bookmarks, or key chains and so forth. Best of luck.
Good luck . . . my street team was a bust. I tried picking nonwriter friends, figuring all the writers are busy with their own thing, but people outside of writing don’t seem to get it, so I guess it’s a Catch-22. The book bloggers are good, but don’t seem to be interested unless you’re a big 5 author 😦
I’m thinking mine is too… i have 13 people and only about 5 do anything. I am not sure what my goal is. I would like maybe to find a beta reader or something of it, if i can’t get a lot of help on promo. It’s sad that if you can’t get a street team, I am pretty sure I am out luck. I have all anthologies and none are best sellers.
I’ve never done a street team. My network is all online with my friends and this group.
And your network is killer 🙂