Today I present a guest post from Chris Well (@) of Build Your Brand Academy on the topic of social media vs. publicity. Chris does an excellent job of explaining how you can use social media to gain publicity for your books.
So I was sitting at my desk, probably doing my job, certainly minding my own business, when I got a phone call from an author who had a book and wanted me to do something about it. Granted, at my day job I’m employed by a major media company with a network of websites, magazines, and radio stations.
But this author was going about this “publicity” thing all wrong. No matter how compelling his book might be—and as he attempted to tell me his life story, it did sound like the stuff of which TV movies and after school specials were made—he was talking to the wrong person at the wrong office at the wrong company. His book was not a fit for our audiences.
When I asked which of our brands he was pitching, he didn’t have an answer. All he knew was I was someone in the “media.”