My Current Circle of Friends

With the exception of a handful of personal friends who I’ve known for years, most of my current circles of friends on the internet are all writers.
What’s wrong with that, I hear you cry? The short answer from a book sales point of view is – simply everything.
Put yourself in my shoes and think about it for a moment. You write books. Therefore you need to gain a loyal band of readers, who want to read every word you write – correct?
If your circle of friends is exclusively made up by fellow writers, how in hades do you expect to gain that readership? As a group, we writers constantly moan and groan about our sales figures or lack of them to each other, along with complaining that our works, with a few exceptions, remain buried among the thousands of others currently available, largely unread. It strikes me that unless we change our ways, our works will remain hidden from view.
Perhaps we need to organise ourselves into a collective of some sort, to advertise the products of all our hard work. Somehow or other, we have to stop what we’re currently doing, and concentrate on making friends on the internet who are not writers – but how?
Like all other groups of people with a common interest, or in our case, a vocation, we tend to seek each other out. We feel comfortable with our own kind. If anyone out there, preferably not a fellow writer, has a brilliant suggestion, please, please make it here.
One final word – no rude suggestions if you don’t mind!

15 thoughts on “My Current Circle of Friends

  1. I think friendship is one of those weird things you just cannot explain. Of course you will always feel comfy with your own kind but then, not ALL your 'writer-ly' (wrong, I know. But it's such a cool word!) acquaintances are your friends huh? The thing is, sometimes you'll find friends from a VERY different background too. But in some way or the other, they just 'fit' in your life. If you 'concentrate' on making friends, you won't make any. Friends just happen! lol But yeah, if the point of this post was how to find readers well, I'll give you a hint: Start doing something with your Twitter account! Interact! Talk! 🙂 I know I'm in no position to tell you (since I'm NOT a writer) but I am a reader, and I can see things from the other side of the prism.


  2. I think the fact that we band together is not a bad thing. It gives us support through the struggles. We help each other with tips and tricks. So I wouldn't want to change that.Having said that, you are absolutely right that we must reach out into the vastness and literally dangle our carrot, our books, to the masses. Hopefully someone will take notice and say,Hmmm that looks good!Its an exhausting job to say the least, and time consuming. You have to find every avenue where you can get your name and the name of your book inserted, preferably with cover art. Blogs, Twitter, FaceBook, GoodReads, BookRix, etc. to name a few. Talk Talk Talk! Become involved in the communities and comment. Its the same concept that is used when they say someone stands on a corner and asks for a kiss from strangers. If they ask enough people they will get results. It all boils down to getting the attention of the right person. The process can be daunting but the rewards can be great!The other thing you have to keep in mind that you must have something worthy of marketing. If you did all of the above and are still having problems, take a look at your subject matter. Is it too niche'? Have you edited the hell out of it so its readable?


  3. Hi Jack, you have expressed here what many of us recognized, that we are, as writers on social networks, a mutual admiration society, without deep pockets. Your post on Facebook caught my eye, and I responded there.But I think we can take pride in the fact that we are also a mutually supportive society, in that we "LIKE" each others' work to help promote each other's name and titles. There is a good feeling attached to that, and while we can't financially support each other, we can emotionally and professionally.That we do so without infighting or competitive grandstanding is to our credit.The internet and print on demand technology have invited many of us to publish long before we might have otherwise. And whether that is good or bad, only time will tell.I have your book on Kindle now, having loved the sample. I have so many books on Kindle it will take me months to read through each, and I know that number will continue to grow. It is not possible for each of us to support all of us … like the impossibility of perpetual motion, an outside force is necessary to maintain momentum. Won't it be interesting to see how that plays out?


  4. Nothing works better than another writer saying – loudly, and in public – that they liked someone's book. If it's unsolicited, genuine and heartfelt enough, it attracts attention. Because surely, an author would recognize good work… that's what readers think, anyway.This has happened to me, and it caused a good spike in sales.


  5. Thank you Terry, I'm touched that you bought a copy. I hope you enjoy it. I'm all in favour of our backing each other up, if it is only on a page like our excellent one on Facebook. How the word gets spread to that massive number of ordinary folk who love to read however, is an entirely different matter. I'm planning on making "Turning Point" free in the near future via KDP Select, once my next "The Seventh Age" is published next month.When my previous sci-fi novel "Onet's Tale" was offered free for four days, over 600 copies were taken up. Thanks again Terry. 🙂


  6. I've got a great band of fellow writers on social media Jack but my logic works a little differently. I want to expand my writer base of friends even more.Why? Because at least I know that each and everyone of them can read, do read and have an interest in reading. That's not so easy to predict with other generalised demographics. They also communicate with other people so word of mouth works very well too.As for a wider readership, I think Amazon is the key and offer a lot by way of 'stumble upon' sales. I've really only recently realised how powerful the category and tagging is on books on Amazon and have done a lot of work lately in updating these on KDP. Coupled with free promotions, it's a good combination.In some ways I think we have been brainwashed into thinking that social media is the only avenue for book sales. I'm starting to readjust my thinking a little about this.


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