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10 Author Networking Myths That Will Hurt You

As in any industry and culture, there are ‘codes’ you have to follow to be accepted and be successful. The writing industry is no different. Everyone follows these codes or rules. Everyone swears by them. Everyone is deceived. Everyone gets hurt by them.

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Post About Your Book Multiple Times Every Day

Every day I watch as authors post time and time again about their books. Many of them swear they have high sales due to that one act of marketing. The problem with doing this is that it is a huge network killer. Talk about a turn off!

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Join as Many Groups/Communities as You Can

The key to networking is mingling with others in the industry and with readers. That means getting involved. On Facebook, you join various groups. On Google Plus, it is communities. On LinkedIn, it is Groups. The idea is to congregate with others and exchange information. The myth has been to join as many groups as you could. That can easily backfire and cause you more harm than good.

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Talk About Your Book As Often as You Can

How else will people know about your book, right? Yes and no. You need to be able and willing to talk about your book, but…..

All Authors Think the Same

Networking involves mingling with many people. Most people tend to think everyone else will respond to situations in the same way they would. Nope! Sorry to disappoint you. That’s not the case. We are all individuals which means you’ll get a wide array of responses to anything.

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Be Yourself

Okay, this myth is only partially true. You should always be yourself, but temper yourself when you network or expand yourself. It all depends on who you are.

Like Every Page You Can

It has been recommended to go around and like every page you can. By doing so you are establishing a wide network. That’s false! You’re just cluttering your page.

Expecting to Get Your Back Scratched

If you like someone page, they should like yours back, right? NO! Yes, it is nice when someone reciprocates, but expecting them to is something entirely different.

Friend As Many People As You Can

Another myth propagated for authors is that you need to friend as many people as you can. That can really backfire.

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Say Yes to Every Event and Invite

You get all these invites to events and such because you have connected with these people. You say yes to them all to show your support. But you don’t go? Then why say yes? That’s not showing support. That’s being rude.

Imitate Others

Too often everyone jumps on the bandwagon of doing what everyone else does. That can be good to gather ideas and suggestions on how you can proceed, but doing so also gets you lost in the crowd. So tweeting every day about the book might have worked when tweeting first began, but now instead of a handful of authors doing it, thousands are doing it. So how do I find yours in all that?

Written by

Writer for ten years, lover of education, and degrees in business, history, and English. Striving to become a Renassiance woman. www.writerrebeccagraf.com

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