This blog post is about Facebook (FB) pages, but not yours. We’ll cover your page in another post. I want to discuss the value of group FB pages. I will grant that social media can be controversial — some love it and some hate it. But what isn’t up for debate is whether or not utilizing FB pages can be a valuable tool in helping you to write and promote your book.
Let’s tackle writing your book first. There are a large number of FB pages dedicated exclusively (or at least primarily) to Western books, Western writing and all things Western. I regularly turn to about 20, but there are dozens of others as well.
If you have a specific question about a Western fact or history, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of people who are happy to weigh in and are absolutely experts in these areas. While I don’t recommend you take their answers as gospel, if enough people tell you that the Winchester 1866 was Oliver Winchester’s first manufactured rifle, you begin to believe it.
I’ll grant you that a website like Wikipedia can also be helpful (though, again, don’t take what you read as gospel), but the advantage of FB is that it’s interactive. You can ask questions and get answers that push you in directions you may have never imagined.
It’s also helpful, at least for me, to connect with people who are going through — or have already gone through — the same things I am. Struggling with ideas, fighting writer’s block, trying to get a few quiet minutes to write, etc. It is my experience that almost everyone I’ve contacted has been friendly and helpful. One of the side benefits is that you can connect with people from around the world, so you have access to people and help 24 hours a day. As I write this blog post, it’s 4:30 in the morning, and I’ve been at it since 1 a.m. It’s nice to take breaks, jump on a Western website, and read, post and interact with other writers and Western enthusiasts.
Once you have published your book, you’ll find that FB can be a great way to promote the book and get candid feedback. For many self-publishers, FB (along with the author’s own website and Amazon Author page) is a key way to promote their book. The following is a list of FB pages that I regularly use and participate in. It is not comprehensive and changes as old ones fade and new ones come along, but it will give you an excellent place to start.
- American Western Fiction Readers
- Classic Western Paperbacks
- Dusty Saddle Publishing
- Hang ’Em High Saloon
- The Posse
- The Wagon Train
- Outlaws Writer’s Circle
- Promote Your Western Novel
- Rope & Wire, Western Lifestyle
- Western Books
- Western Fiction Fanatics
- Western Fiction Review
- Western Fictioneers
- Western Historical Romance Book Club
- Western Readers and Writers Round Up
- Western Romance Books
- Western Writers of America
I wish you good writing, and if you have a question or something you’d like to share, send me an email at [email protected].
Thank you, enjoy and keep writing!