Review & Drawing for We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media

You might remember that I did a series of posts on using social media last spring. I tried to hit the high points, and sites I thought were important to us as writers to be involved with. Social media expert and author Kristen Lamb has taken that same concept and turned it into an in-depth guide to the social media jungle that no writer can afford to be without, in my opinion. If you plan on selling books, no matter what route you choose to take, this is the all-in-one reference guide to establishing a consistent, usable social media presence that will be invaluable to your writing career.

If you’re one of those people who skips forwards, don’t skip this one. Author Bob Mayer shares his thoughts on what it takes to “rule” the publishing world, and why writers are reluctant to self-promote. He also admits surrender, which, if you know anything about Bob at all is a significant thing.

The first part of the book is all about why social media is important, why we’re resistant to it, and how to get over that. It’s also a crash-course in marketing, and how marketing online is different than traditional marketing methods. Even if you only read this part, it will give you the basis you need to create a solid social marketing campaign, and be confident doing so. This part alone is worth the price of the book.

The second part is about how to brand yourself across multiple platforms. It expands on how marketing online is different, and also how building your personal brand is different from what a large corporation would do. Kristen has written this book specifically for writers, so the specifics of building a writers brand is kept at the forefront throughout…another thing that makes this book uniquely valuable to our community.

The third section is all about where you need to establish a presence online, and exactly how to do that, step by step. Kristen takes you through how to create a blog, a Facebook page, a MySpace page and a Twitter account, what features you should be concerned with on all of them, and how to get them all set up and launched at the same time for optimum effect. She includes handy tips on how to make managing all of your accounts with ease, and how to manage your time while keeping up with the new platform you’ve just created.

Kristen’s conversational style is easy to follow and understand, her instructions clear and thorough. When you finish with this book, you’ll have a branded social media presence and the confidence to build it into the network you’ll need to help move your writing career forward. If you’re a writer, you need this book!

We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media is available now in ebook and print formats. Connect with Kristen through her web site at, where you’ll find links to all of her social media sites as well. 

Kristen was kind enough to provide me with a review copy – but I’m ordering a signed print copy to have as a reference as well. In order to pass along this resource, I decided to purchase another signed copy to give away to one lucky commenter this week. All readers are eligible – if you live out of the U.S., I’ll find a way to get the book to you, so don’t be shy.

To enter the drawing, simply comment below and tell us what your least favorite part of social media is by Friday, July 23rd at midnight. I’ll draw the winner next weekend, and announce it on the blog next Monday (winner will also be notified by email – be sure your email address is entered into the comment form where it says “email”). Just FYI, comments take a few minutes to show up here. Good luck!

20 comments on “Review & Drawing for We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media

  1. Gilliad Stern

    My least favorite part of social media is the time it takes to update everything. As a writer who works full time, I have a hard time keeping an eye on all my different social media outlets and blogging while still trying to work and write at the same time. I know that the social media world is a major part of the publishing world, so I do my part in staying connected. I am brand new to the world of blogging and I still need to make a facebook page for my pen name, but overall I would say that time consumption is my least favorite factor regarding social media.

  2. Julie Holland

    My least favorite part of social media is the plethora of gami g results that others feel the need to share endlessly

  3. SidniM

    My least favorite part of social media is the time I end up spending on the sites “browsing”.

  4. Jessica Rosen

    Social media can be a real time sink. If allowed, it cuts into time better used for writing – or other minor things, like family. I’d say that’s my least favorite aspect, but a close second is keeping up with which venue is the next Must Have.

    Take care,

  5. Merle

    My least favorite part of social media is its addictive quality. Once I sign on to my desktop it will be hours before I get off. Especially when someone starts chatting on FB or direct messaging on twitter. I use my phone more now so that I can do other things while checking FB or twitter.

  6. Merle

    The thing I dislike the most about social media is that it is highly addictive and time consuming. I use my phone the most now. More efficient than sitting at a computer all day!

  7. Joy

    I had the pleasure of meeting Kristen at the DFW Writers Conference in Grapevine,Tx earlier this year. I really enjoyed her classes and have learned that social media isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I will admit it is a bit addictive and difficult to keep up with Twitter, FB, Myspace and the blogging but I’m working at my time management skills.

    Thank you!!


  8. Carol

    I envy you your ease with social media, Jamie. I’m still finding it a little confusing and a lot intimidating. Twitter feels like going into a room full of strangers and just starting a random conversation – and can be depressing if no one talks back.

  9. Ava Elaine

    I have a huge problem with documenting everything. This applies to everything in my life. When it comes to business and writing, I have Excel reports out the wazoo that all outline exactly what I do, how I’ve promoted something, the keywords…you get the idea. So, the thing I dislike the most about social media is there are so many different social media outlets, therefore I HAVE to try and utilize all of them, which means so much of my time is spent recording this. If I tweet it, it gets typed in; if I add my blog url to my LinkedIN-there it goes into the little convenient box under my marketing reports. It can be painstaking. Sometimes I have to tell myself “nope, no digging today” or “lay off bookmarking” simply because I am social media-ed out. Does this count as a dislike? LOL

    -Ava Elaine

  10. pdtoler

    I must admit, I don’t get Facebook. I’ve got my page. I’m there every few days, interacting. But I don’t get it in my gut. Twitter? Now Twitter makes total sense to me.

  11. Paula Graves

    I’m with pdtoler–Facebook flummoxes me, but I love Twitter.

    My least favorite thing is coming up with something to say. I think I’m the most boring person I know, and I over-think everything–“Are people going to read what I write and roll their eyes?” It’s a mental thing with me. I think that’s why Twitter’s easier–you have to be concise and it’s more businesslike, for me at least.

  12. Just Me Saying

    The first thing that comes to mind involves Facebook. I actually used FB to find and connect with some old friends. But many of them spend the majority of their time playing the game apps e.g. Farmville, Yoville, etc. As for other areas of social media I have to agree with with the majority here; it is time consuming.

  13. Medeia Sharif

    Great post, and I didn’t know there was a book about social media for writers.

    You already know my least favorite thing, because you’ve seen it on my blog. I hate getting pushy, spammy messages from writers who try to lead me to their blog, website and book, or they want a referral to my agent. I’ve received inappropriate messages through most of the social networking sites I use. I know I’m putting myself out there by using these sites, but at the same time these messages are irksome. I still see the positives of interacting with people, minus these particular authors.

  14. phil van Wulven

    Like most who’ve posted here I find the time element the most difficult. Keeping up with Twitter, Facebook, my blog & those of others, plus Kindle/Amazon boards & exchanging critiques online, is a full time job.
    Then too, most of those I’m interacting with are also authors – though I hope there are plain ol’ readers out there lurking.
    Before getting into this web-presence thing i had time to actually write.

  15. DiIDi

    I don’t think I can be very original here. I think the worst of the social media is the time involved to keep up with everything and everyone, as well as the repeaters who bombard you with the same info over and over. Social media is also a lot like small talk. For someone who’s basically shy or for someone who doesn’t normally make small talk or seek out social situations, it can be difficult to find a voice.

  16. Michelle Sedas

    I highly enjoy social media. Being able to learn from and interact with other like-minded individuals is extremely rewarding. What I like least about social media is the tendency of some individuals to purely promote their own businesses while ignoring the “social” (relationship building) aspect.

  17. Sondra Light

    I realize social media is the new way to grow relationships and I am trying to get on board…my least favorite part of social media is the maze you get lost in trying to learn how to be a part of what is now taking place of face to face relationships…I am a very low tech girl in a very high tech world !!!

  18. Gerard Loesl

    My least favorite part of social media is the mere fact that the communication involves no face to face interaction.

  19. Kristen Lamb

    Wow! What an amazing group! And I feel all of your pain. That was why I wrote this book. Social media and marketing books seriously made me want to kill myself with a stapler. And social media is a HUGE time suck for those who don’t have a plan…okay, MY plan.

    So I tell you what I am going to do. I know only one person can win, but for everyone who took the TIME to comment, which is a HUGE thing I encourage in my book, I am going to sell you a copy at my cost plus shipping and I will sign it if you want. Just contact me at and tell me that you were one of the Variety News Commenters.

    I hope this book is a HUGE blessing to all of you and please stay in touch so I can do my part to help your success. Remember, We Are Not Alone. 😉


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