Days after I signed my publishing contract with Curiosity Quills Press, YA acquisitions editor, Krystal Wade, emailed me and said, "I can't find your author Facebook page and Twitter account." Well, my friend, that's because they don't exist yet. So, it's true, you really do need that stuff before you're published.
Because I wanted to do it right, I finally cracked open Kristen Lamb's We Are Not Alone, which I won in a giveaway on Laura Barnes' blog months ago. I looked at a few other social marketing resources, but Lamb's book quickly became my social marking bible. Whether you're an old pro at social networks or never heard of Twitter before, this is a great book. It talks about what accounts to open and how to optimize them. She talks about how to gear your blog posts towards your readers (not just your friends) and how to show up in more searches by putting the right tags in your bio.
So, if you are in fact fond of me, please like my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter. I will be happy to do the same for you.
I also have a question. In Lamb's book, she feels strongly that authors should also create a My Space page. What do you think? Is this advice outdated? Do you use My Space?