Monday, March 2, 2009

Be Social!

Lately there have been a surge of new Ning site invitations flowing steadily in to our email Inboxes. I know many of you have experienced this. I’m sure you wonder if this social networking explosion is worth the time and effort it takes to pursue and build a page on each of these new sites—well, maybe.

Personally, I have found social networking through Ning sites very beneficial in making the connections needed to create a stir about my books. However, I am particular when it comes to choosing the sites I join. Why? Because I need to know I’ve invested my time well and not wasted my limited energy on a project which will not reflect useful results. I join only sites which are the most relevant to my books.

There are numerous great Ning sites on the Web. To explore which ones may benefit you most, visit and enter relevant keywords in the search box. I have also listed some of my favorites below. Just click on to join and build an informative page—it’s free. Remember, the more information you provide, the more likely a visitor will find interest in your work or desire to network with you. Ning sites are a great way to connect with like writers and authors, get critiqued, promote your work, and make new life-long friends!

If you know of a Ning site which you would recommend or would like visitors to know about, please add the link through the comment box.

Great Ning Sites for Writers (scroll down for sites for authors and book marketing):

Visit How to Write a book

Visit A Book Inside Forum

View my page on From A Writers POV Network

Visit The Write Spot

Visit The Writer's Box

Excellent Ning Sites for Authors:

Visit Published Authors


The Best Ning Sites for Marketing Your Books:

Visit Author and Book Event Center

Visit Book Marketing Network


shelagh said...

As a network creator (Published Authors) and a member of over twenty Ning sites, I can endorse Carol's recommendations. Support groups on these networks are great places to share ideas and learn more about the publishing industry.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'm a part of those last two, plus Morgan Mandle's "Book Place" and "WRDF"

And you are right - the connections with new friends in this business is fantastic!

L. Diane Wolfe

WillowRaven said...

I am on over 200 ning networks and have found them more profitable than any paid for advertising or any other network.

Author Ernie Johnson said...

I would like to recommend Writers And Readers Of Distinctive Fiction - - I am very active in this group as well.


Sheila Deeth said...

Thanks. I've joined several nings and wasn't quite sure what I was getting in to. Your article's very reassuring and very informative.

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Mary Cunningham said...

Nice to know I'm on most of the author and book promo sites that you mention.

They are such a efficient and fast way to promote your books and your blog.