Inconvenient Truth in Social Media Marketing

I’ve read the Social Media Marketing is by building a relationship with someone online. Sharing and commenting their work and they will do the same. It’s Quid Pro Quo. It’s a trade, but not really.

To be honest, ever since I started my blog, it doesn’t feel that way. I’m pretty sure I shared other people’s works several times but few people had shared my work to their followers. Are they ashamed? Or it is just irrelevant to them? What do they care about?

I found several people clicking favorite in my Twitter account and like in my Facebook account, but you will hardly see the retweet and the share button clicked more than three times. Most of the time, people use favorite only as a bookmark. I do that too, but not anymore. All those favorites I clicked, I don’t even remember them anymore. At least the posts I’ve shared are out there and is being spread.

I got sick last week so I failed to read the lists of blog posts, I’m supposed to like, read and comment. When I do that, I read the whole blog and comment when I really have something to say but when I don’t I just share it instead. It took me sixteen hours to go over those blogs because I did them on Monday and Tuesday. I wonder how much time people are taking in my blog.

It’s an inconvenient truth especially when I thought that in social media marketing people help each other.

I’m a pro-active person. I believe in doing something to change the status quo or to take actions for things to happen. I post, retweet and share all the time because whether those words, quotes, posts, and blog posts are irrelevant to my followers or not, I know that when I share them and when somebody else shares them, it will go to the people who truly need it. But when I click favorite or like, I’m just burying it with the other reminders I’m supposed to remember.

That’s paying it forward for me. I appreciate it when people are liking my work and commenting, but I hope that we can help each other to be proactive and that we make things happen in our life.

It’s a wonder, how it’s easier to share juicy news and gossips about other people, but when it comes to things that mattered to another person, it’s hard to share it.

I usually just ignore it, but it’s tiring to help other people who won’t help you. Also, in this world, if you’re not known and if you’re not earning money, people dismisses you, but once you got a massive recognition, people are all over you.

Somehow I believe the reason for that. People are not proactive and they don’t share because even if they share, it doesn’t have served their interests. I hope things could be different, but this is not a perfect world. C’est La Vie. Maybe right now I’m saying this, but right now, I’m not sure how to change the situation.

And for sure, I’ll keep doing it. If they don’t want to be proactive it’s okay. I’m still going to do it because I want to help other people find those articles they need so I’m going to keep sharing.

How To Write A Perfect Query Letter

A/N: A month ago, I was hired to write articles. They will give me topics and I will research and write about it. Unfortunately, it was short-lived because my type of writing is not his style. I’m still grateful for the opportunity and the exposure. I know I still have a lot to learn, and I have a long way to go. This is one of the articles I wrote for him.

So you’ve finished a book, revised it in a million different ways and edited it a billion times. Now, you’re ready to write a query letter and send it to an agent or a publisher.

But what is a query letter?

A Query letter is a letter containing the synopsis of your book and your biography. It also contains why the agent should represent you and why the publisher should publish your work. It is also a business letter with a touch of creative writing. You still need to be creative in writing your query letter because you need to hook the reader’s interest, in order to grab the chance to be represented and be published.

Things you should remember

• The content of your letter should depend on your story and your instinct.

• You will get tons of contradicting advice from the internet. Take what works, and don’t be afraid to experiment to find what will work best to deliver your story and your biography.

• Finding an agent or a publisher is like finding a friend or a partner in life. Their likes and dislikes are subjective, so find someone who has similar interests, or a similar way of thinking or world view as you. After all, you need an agent or a publisher, who will get along with you, and someone who will believe in you and your work.

• Most important of all, make sure you don’t lose the soul of your story in your query letter.

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