I’m intrigued by the concept of creating an online presence for my characters and stories. A place for readers to learn more about a character’s history, to experience their stories in different ways….
And I’m also eager to give my characters their own breathing space. Or rather, give me mine back. Because sometimes they won’t leave me alone! Driving about, running errands that have nothing to do with my stories–just living life, and mutter, mutter…here come the voices. Whispers in the background are wonderful when you’re sitting down writing their stories–but when you’re just trying to enjoy dinner with your family. Honestly, it gets frustrating (not really, I love it). So, I decided to give my protagonist, Joe Cooper, his own platform. I started http://twitter.com/BloodRunsRed and http://cooperjoe.wordpress.com so that readers could follow his exploits outside of the novels. I’m not exactly sure how it will work out, but I think it could be fun. Perhaps too much fun.
Of course a website is a must, so that is something else I’m working on. Joe never calls any place home for more than a year, so perhaps an online interactive map of where he’s been, what he’s done might be of interest. I want to include vignettes on other characters in the series, too (as I would love to write a series based on at least one other character introduced in the first novel).
I’m still in the learning stages of this phenomena called Social Media. Sure, I have a facebook account to keep up with family and friends and thoroughly enjoy twitter…but there are so many other media out there that I’ve yet to explore.
Here are a couple of articles on using social media to promote your books/stories:
http://alturl.com/4tce (love the You Tube idea, but might get in trouble with the law if Joe ever did one)
http://alturl.com/ua4u (frequent blog posting is always a challenge, but so important to do)
http://alturl.com/c7ud (interesting take on using Twitter to create a novel or twovel. Could be interesting to allow others to write next line in story you start, similar to what BBC recently did.)
So tell me – how do you share your stories and characters outside of the (traditionally published) novels you write? Or share before your book is published?
And if one of your characters has a twitter account, blog, facebook page or anything else online – please let me know. I’d love to follow.
Happy Writing –