Friday, March 20, 2015

Connecting with Authors Beyond the Book

Reading the author blurb on the back flap of a book jacket doesn't give you much to go on when trying to get familiar with who an author is. Luckily, we don't have to rely on these pre-screened, publisher approved bios for information about our favorite authors. There are tons of ways to connect with authors online. Want to get in touch with your favorite author? Look for them in some of these places.
  • Do a web search to find their webpage or blog
  • Follow them on Twitter or Tumblr to see their daily thoughts
  • Like them on Facebook or add them to your circles in Google+
  • Subscribe to their YouTube channel to get video updates about them
  • And don't forget Instagram for pictures of their life and writing area
Who do I follow, like, and subscribe to?
  • John Green on Twitter and YouTube
  • Scott Westerfeld on Facebook
  • Maureen Johnson on Twitter
  • Libba Bray on her blog
Plus lots of authors will do virtual visits with schools and classrooms via Google Hangouts or Skype. So if you want to talk to an author in person, check their website and contact them if they are up for it!

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