There's something strangely meta about writing about my online presence here, as this is part of my online presence. My blog-writing is more or less the centerpiece of it.
Managing one's online presence, especially as an author (or any other creative-type-promoting-oneself)
can be a full-time job in and of itself. No one has time for that. I'm
actually quite surprised when I see big names constantly blogging,
tweeting, facebooking, etc. But, hey, if they can make it work, good
for them. There's no way I can do that.
piece of advice I received on the subject a few years ago: Pick one
aspect of on-line presence to be your center-of-gravity. This is the
primary place you'll put original content. For me, it's my blog. Every
other bit of social media or online presence should be designed to
direct back towards that central presence.
that my Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc. are all designed to be a
public face, and lead you back toward the blog, which is where you'll
see new and interesting things from me.
I even linked
my blog to my LinkedIn and Goodreads page. Those update automatically
when I do. And that way I can put most of my online-presence energy into writing creative and interesting content here, and still have energy to also write books.
And that's important, because what's the value of having the online presence if it isn't in service of your books?
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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Thoughts on My Online Presence
Posted by Marshall Ryan Maresca
Marshall Ryan Maresca is a Fantasy and Science Fiction Novelist, as well as a playwright, living in South Austin with his wife and son. He is the author of the Maradaine Novels:
The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages , The Alchemy of Chaos, An Import of Intrigue , The Holver Alley Crew, The Imposters of Aventil and Lady Henterman's Wardrobe (Forthcoming).
His work also appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology Rayguns Over Texas. He also has had several short plays produced.
Visit his website at mrmaresca.com