We Are Not Alone: The Writer's Guide to Social Media
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Forward written by NY Times Best-Selling Author and Co-Creator of Who Dares Wins Publishing Bob Mayer "I wished there had been a step-by-step guide for writers on how to not only do it technically, but do it content-wise. This book is the answer to that wish." Social Media is more popular than ever. As society becomes more and more technologically advanced, people are seek...more
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Published July 6th 2010 by Who Dares Wins
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Lewis Weinstein
There are many outstanding ideas for authors (or anyone) who wants to use social media for enjoyment and promotion.

The most important is that you must actually become engaged with your internet friends, read their blogs, have conversations, and NOT just promote your own work at every opportunity. Actually, that's not hard to do when you have interesting friends.

I have been active on Facebook for awhile, but will now open a Twitter account.

Let me invite all of my GoodReads friends to also become...more
Susan Bischoff
A Witty Beginner's Guide-- also suitable for the non-beginner. What I mean is, when Kristen gets into the nuts and bolts of setting up and maintaining a presence on the major social networking platforms, she breaks it down and explains it in a simple, straightforward way that should make the For Dummies and Idiot's Guide people wish they'd gone to her first. She gets so bare basics that she explains what a hyperlink is. I know, right? But here's the thing: I didn't mind reading it. I mean, I'm t...more
Jamie DeBree
Every writer needs a copy of this book. It's the definitive guide for understanding *why* we need to market, how passive marketing works (and why it works better than the traditional "hard sell" methods online), and how to set up all three of the major social media profiles plus a blog in a simple, easy to understand format. Kristen's writing style is wonderfully conversational and reading her is like chatting with an old friend. One of the best purchases any writer could make, in my opinion.
Jennifer Shirk
Great book on social networking. Unpublished and published writers can gain a lot of tips and insight. Ms Lamb discusses blogs, author bios, Facebook fan pages, MySpace, and Twitter, and answered questions I had on those subjects.
C.E. Grundler
Although I've blogged for years, when it came to social platforms I had no idea where to begin. Time was a limited commodity and I needed a way to get up to speed fast. A few books I found focused on social networking as merely new platform to throw the traditional "buy this widget" approach at the masses. Books aren't widgets. Books are thoughts and ideas. There had to be another way... and then I found Kristen Lamb's "We Are Not Alone."

For a social-media introvert, Kristen Lamb's book provided...more
Donna Alward
Read this on the recommendation of my CP, Michelle Styles. There were some real gems of info that I highlighted to "organize" my strategy (I read this on my kindle for PC. Love the highlight and notes thing). There are also a lot of basics that I agree authors need to do to kickstart their presence.

But I did have issues with some of the info. The assertion that Myspace isn't dead is perhaps true, but the stats (60 million users) are from March 2010 - a year and a half ago. And I also wondered if...more
Jessica Anne
I really enjoyed this book. It is written in a very conversational tone making it easy and quick to read. Kristen Lamb covers the importance of developing a social media presence for writers, including unpublished writers. In the first part of the book, she discusses why it is so important at this time in publishing to have a social media presence. In the second part, she walks the reader through setting up a blog, facebook profile and fan page, twitter account, and Myspace (I skipped that part)...more
E.K.
Ok, let's just get this out of the way -- changes have taken place in the different social media sites since We Are Not Alone: The Writer's Guide to Social Media was first published in 2011. A lot happens in a short period of time, so some of the step-by-step instructions may not be as clear, but it isn't too hard to figure out the differences.

Writers and their books aren't exactly the same as companies and their products. Superficially, maybe, but this book explains the difference between how t...more
Gregory Carrico
Feb 28, 2012 Gregory Carrico rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Writers. All of them.
Recommended to Gregory by: Dee Dee Scott
I bought We Are Not Alone (WANA, as I call it), by Kristin Lamb, on the recommendations of Dee Dee Scott and several other authors (Waving at the WG2E), after seeing something called a ‘Tweet’ with #WANA in it. Being a newly published author, and a complete social media neophyte, I knew I needed help. I wanted to be sure I was doing things properly, and with so many powerful endorsements, Kristin seemed just the gal to set me straight.
I started reading WANA with all of the joy and expectations t...more
Dannie Hill
We Are Not Alone- The Writer’s Guide to Social Media by Kristen Lamb is a wonderful book filled with needed information for writers everywhere! She offers a wealth of information to fiction and non-fiction writers- keeping the two types separate.

Kristen Lamb starts her book by talking directly to me- It’s true. I was startled at first to have her describe me to a Tee, but then I found comfort in the fact that I am not alone in my struggle to market my books and understanding the social media.

She...more
Gail Baugniet
This book helped me get set up on Twitter, My Space, and a bit on Facebook (which I was already set on for a couple of years.)

Kristen "walked me through" setting up Tweet Deck also. The instructions are presented in plain, easy-to-follow wording. If you are looking for a guiding hand on getting started in any of these forms of social media, this is a good book to purchase (got mine on Kindle.)

There are probably a couple of things that have changed on MySpace and Facebook in the short time since...more
Natalie Wright
If you are a writer, YOU NEED THIS! I read John Locke's book and it is good, but Kristen gives you a step-by-step for how to set up your social media and how to maximize your use of it. I started using her tips just a few days ago and already have increased twitter followers by over a third. I'm still working at implementing all her suggestions, but this in really valuable information that I don't think you can get in such a concise, common sense, easy to follow format anywhere else. I just wish...more
Stephanie Lawton
Never thought I'd be reading something like this, but it was incredibly informative and Kristen Lamb has great advice for writers at every stage in their (even nonexistent) careers. Although I didn't agree with a certain aspect of her advice, and some of the info is dated (social media changes HOURLY so this is expected) I've already implemented a number of her strategies. It's based on solid reasoning and her personal experience. She's wildly successful and expertly fills a niche.
Jennifer Fischetto
This is a great book for those writers who believe in building a brand for themselves. (Not all do.) It's simple, straightforward and doesn't ask you to do any of that "traditional" stuff to sell yourself. You know, flyers, ads, business cards/brochures, like in corporate selling. Kristen's approach comes from the heart, and she's funny to boot. Definitely recommended!
Bob Mayer
Glad everyone seems to be finding the book worthwhile-- I remember when I read the manuscript on a flight going to a writers conference. I started making all sorts of notes of things I needed to do. Frankly, I just see too many people using social media inefficiently. A guide that lays out preparing content before worrying about procedure is very worthwhile.
Jill Kemerer
Awesome book. Every author should have this on their reference shelf. I've been blogging for two years and learned new strategies to integrate my social media sites. Kristen Lamb gives clear, intelligent advice in an easy-to-read, often humorous voice. I can't recommend this one enough!
Kait Nolan
Invaluable tool to writers everywhere. Read it!
Geoff (G. Robbins) (The noisy passionfruit)
I purchased this book because my daughter is an Indie writer and has bought it too, so we can compare ideas. It is the big struggle of Indie writers that they can't get the message out about their work. This book goes a long way to solving this problem by presenting a system that has worked and continues to work for the author.

The book starts by taking you through the pitfalls and issues with marketing a self published book. Kristen explains the common mistakes made by authors when trying to pro...more
Juergen John Roscher
I would give this book 4.5 stars if it were possible.

I attended a presentation by Kristen Lamb in Boise, Idaho at the Idaho Book Extravaganza (Nov. 2012). She presented upon the topic of how social media can be used to build or improve a writer’s platform. She was knowledgeable on the subject and was inspiring as well as entertaining. I purchased a copy of her book, “We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media” to educated myself about what is a writer’s platform and how social media is...more
Alain Burrese
"We Are Not Alone: The Writer's Guide to Social Media" by Kristen Lamb is a very good book for any writer looking to use the social media sites facebook, twitter, and myspace to build relationships and ultimately sell more books. The Foreword is written by Bob Mayer, author of "Who Dares Wins: The Green Beret Way to Conquer Fear and Succeed" and "Warrior Writer," two books I've enjoyed. So I wanted to read this, and am glad I did. The book was published by Mayer's Who Dares Wins Publishing, as w...more
Marcin Wrona
'We Are Not Alone' is a useful and well-targeted book on the sort of promotion that writers are doing these days - that is, leveraging social media to build a platform.

The most important point to raise is that WANA serves as an introduction. Parts of it will quite literally walk you through, for instance, setting up a facebook page, click by click. Considering many writers are basically aspirational cavemen still banging stories out on rocks, this is a wise approach, but it may put off the more...more
Peggy Holloway
FINALLY!!!! I have bought several books that claimed they were for beginners and they weren't. One kept saying I needed to drive people to my blog site and I kept yelling at the book, "How? How? How?" I heard about this by accident on facebook when someone mentioned WANA and I googled it to see what it was and there in living color was the book I thought I needed. I sent Kristen a message and asked her if she thought it could help a techniphobe like me and she said she thought it would.

I bought...more
Jacqui
Kristen Lamb's wonderful social media how-to book, We are Not Alone: The Writer's Guide to Social Media (Who Dares Wins Publishing 2010), delivers on her promise. She provides a great nuts-and-bolts introduction to the basics of marketing your book online. She shares her knowledgeable insights in branding yourself, putting your name out there (something we innately fear), and joining the online conversation in an enthusiastic voice that can motivate you even though it's... just words. She then e...more
Melissa Janda
I read this book shortly after I started blogging in March of this year. The most valuable advice that I gleaned from it was the importance of branding your own name. If you’re a writer, don’t use a moniker for your social media platforms. Readers will have difficulty finding your book if the author name is rarely mentioned. She also advised that authors avoid using the title of their book as their name/identifier in social media platforms unless they plan to write just that one book. And what i...more
Ricardo Ribeiro
When I see a book like this rated 4 something with over 180 ratings it makes me sad. It means a website like Goodreads is not really useful as a tool to evaluate our next reading. It's not even subjective. The book is bad. I quit reading when I was on 50% of it. Unless the author was waiting for the second half to offer the lost gold - which I doubt and either way shouldn't happen - this is just bunch of hollow words, teaching nothing. I got my first alarm when the author mentioned... PDA's! Hol...more
Violet
Lots of good advice in this book. I'm going through it again and following through on some of that advice. I love Lamb's emphasis on golden rule as in, you get back what you give out (in the social media world as in life). Succeeding with social media is as much about being thoughtful, polite, helpful, and kind as it is about trumpeting yourself.

I have a quibble with her recommendation to get active on My Space. It's not gonna happen here! As well, there's no reference to Pinterest (though the...more
Heather
I was hoping for a more indepth look at what kinds of information I should and should not be posting as part of my social media profile. There was some information on this, but a large part of the book was taken up with step-by-step details of how to sign up for Facebook, Twitter, Wordpress, and Myspace which I could have done without. If you're new to all these sites it might help, but it was too introductory for me.

I must admit I was disappointed with the number of typos in the book. Things l...more
Casey Kay
This book provides invaluable information for all users of social media, not just writers. Anyone who wishes to connect better with others using social media should read this book and implement Kristen's suggestions. Yes, they are tailored to those who are trying to connect with potential readers, but there are pieces of advice that could apply to people starting e-businesses who wish to connect with potential customers or artists wishing to connect with potential fans or even casual users who w...more
Laura Ritchie
I came across Kristen Lamb's blog, and after reading a few posts, I immediately purchased two of her books. "We are Not Alone" is a great tool for writers trying to find their way in the big scary world of social media. You will learn a lot about setting up your accounts on sites like Wordpress, Facebook and Twitter, but more importantly, you learn what you should do with those sites once you have them.

Her clear instructions and great sense of humor ease the process, however, you should be aware...more
A.E. Howard
Excellent resource on social media for writers. Kristen Lamb dispenses invaluable tips about focusing your social media interactions for the best results in selling your book. I subtracted a star because the middle was full of extremely detailed "how to" instructions on setting up twitter, facebook, and wordpress, which unfortunately are already dated because of the speed with which those applications release updates. However, the first third or the last third of the book alone are more than eno...more
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