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Author Platform discussion (part 3)

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Let's discuss author platforms. This is a huge topic, so I'm starting a series with different themes/questions for each one. 

 

Part 3

 

What parts of each platform you are on do you dislike the most, and do not help you reach your audience as you expect, or you find completely useless? 

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14 minutes ago, carolinamtne said:

Alley ("Superwoman"), thanks for doing this. It will be helpful to me.

LOL! I am glad it will help. I actually have somewhere I am going with this, and wanted everyone's honest options. 

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3 hours ago, Alley said:

What parts of each platform you are on do you dislike the most, and do not help you reach your audience as you expect, or you find completely useless? 

 

Goodreads: They used to run author supported print book giveaways at no charge. Years ago they were effective at getting your book in the hands of readers, and it often generated a review. Then the scammers came in to enter giveaways with the intention of reselling any books they won. Then it all came crashing down after Amazon purchased Goodreads and started charging for the privilege of giving your book away to scammers. 😣

 

Facebook: After setting up pages for my books, FB came along to suggest that I pay them to boost the visibility of my book pages. Otherwise, they will languish in obscurity. Hum...😒  

 

 LinkedIn: Pretty much a useless platform if you don't write in a genre that connects professionally.

 

Amazon Advertising (formerly AMS): Where do I start? Amazon has cultivated a pay-to-play system in order to further maximize their bottom line off the backs of their vendors. The advertising tool itself has become a complicated mess that few can master, and utilizes algorithms they won't explain. I liken it to gambling in Vegas against a loaded deck. The house always wins.     

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8 minutes ago, Accord64 said:

I liken it to gambling in Vegas against a loaded deck. The house always wins.  

Lovely. 🙄 

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I languish in obscurity.  Nothing I post resonates with the audience. The #WritingCommunity is just a bunch of writers who follow each other to boost their numbers.  Well, they are friendly folk and have interesting and amusing things to say, but I don't resonate with them.  

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Awww...widen your circle, Nicola. You want to connect with others who are readers. I can't imagine someone not wanting to connect with you! :D🧡

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Thank you Lynn! I got myself shut out of the forum for two days because of password trouble. That's how socially inept I am. 🙄

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