Celebrating 9 Years of #LitChat

by | Jan 29, 2018

Join us for a special #LitChat on Monday, January 29, 2018 when we celebrate our 9th year of weekly #LitChat.

Our topic today will be “How has Twitter and Social Media Changed the Way Authors Promote and Readers Discover Books.”

Social media caught fire first among teens and college-age adults who jumped onto platforms such as MySpace and then Facebook. Observing how wildly posts flew between pages, creating the viral sensation we know today, writers and other creative folks flocked to the sites. It became easy for authors to post fresh news and information about their books, touring schedules, and writing practices. By reaching out with live, consistent content through social media—especially Twitter—authors were able to curate instantaneous connections with readers.

In this special 9th anniversary session of #LitChat, we’ll discuss the good things and the not-so-good things social media has done for the publishing industry. We’ll dig into how it’s changed the game for writers. Has social media removed the mystery between authors and readers? Has dropping the veil between authors and readers exposed too much? How much personal information is too much? Are we endorsing a “reverse Big Brother society” when we post continual updates of our activities? And finally, what every author and publisher sees as the bottom line: Does it help sell books?

Rather than have one single guest author, we’ll be hearing from many past #LitChat guest hosts, as well as new authors and the readers who use social media to find new books.

So join us on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 4 p.m. E.T. and let your voice be heard in #LitChat.

Stephanie Austin Edwards Ad for What We Set in Motion