Wireless technology has given us the opportunity to connect with people in a way that would have been hard to imagine even 20 or 30 years ago. For those who want to connect with their favorite authors, the options available can be almost overwhelming. If you are looking for the best ways to connect to the authors you value most, consider the following options.
Websites and Email Lists
Almost every published author will have a basic website chronically their works and connecting interested readers to places where the works can be purchased. If you have not connected with an author in any way, start by locating their website.
Often, the site will include information about their various scheduled appearances, including television and in-person events, as well as information about their current or future works. Often, the site will give you the option of signing up for an email newsletter or notification, allowing them to contact you when new information is available.
The site some authors, including Stephen King, may even have message board sections that allow fans to communicate with each other, and gives the author a forum to speak with those who truly keep their works close to heart.
Social media has reached all corners of the world. Whether you are interested in following the Twitter feed of Aziz Ansari or the Pinterest boards of Karen Salmansohn, you can get updates from their posts and feeds. In some cases, you can even reach out to them directly, giving you an avenue to ask them a question or just voice your appreciation for their work.
Most authors will have profiles on the majority of the large social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, though their participation on each may vary. Consider checking them all out and picking you favorite one or two to follow. If you also have accounts across all of the social media services, and don’t mind that you may see repeat information, than feel free to follow them on every one to make sure you are in the loop.
Podcasts and Internet Videos
Some authors choose to release podcasts, or post videos on outlets such as YouTube. Podcasts may be available through the author’s website, or may be posted on larger services, such as iTunes. In some cases, you can subscribe to a podcast and will be automatically notified when a new entry to added.
While many consider YouTube a social network, it does not require the same level of interaction in order to enjoy the service. In fact, you don’t even need an account to access many videos and features. This can make YouTube a great option for people who do not otherwise use social networks, but still want to be able to keep up with the happenings of their favorite authors.
With that being said, YouTube is not likely to be used as frequently as some other social media systems for keep fans apprised of current happenings, but some people prefer to be able to present information in the video format and have it easily accessible by the masses.
With so many options available to keep up with your favorite authors using wireless and mobile technology, it is no wonder that many people feel more connected than ever. Consider looking up some of your favorites and see what you find.…Read More