Notes from An Alien

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Social Networking for Mavericks


I’ve done many posts about my experience on Book Island in the virtual world, Second Life.

I’ve even turned away from the shallow “friends” on normal social networks (all except Google Plus) in favor of a deeper relationship potential in Second Life.

For my general opinion on the effort needed to build a Readership, check out Getting Published Is Easy ~ Getting Readers Is Hard Work.

For more on the incredible benefits of making friends in a virtual world, look into The Gifts of Social Networking.

And, to dig deeper into the anxieties of common social networking, read My Cure for Social Networking Anxiety.

Here’s an excerpt from that last post that gives a sense of what it’s like being on Book Island:

“If you’ve never created an avatar for yourself and walked down a street full of shops run by authors, editors, publishers, and artists; never sat your avatar down in a virtual cafe, ordered a cup of espresso, and listened to a poet, then engaged with them in discussion; never stood in front of a group of people from many different countries and shared your written work; never just hung-out on the beach or at the houseboat or up on the mountainside and chatted and laughed with friends; if you’ve never experienced the Reality of a virtual world, you’ll find it hard to understand why Ive made a firm decision to halt my attempts at interaction on the familiar social networks and use that time to visit more places in Second Life, make more real friends, let them discover, naturally, that I have a book they can read, with another to follow

Ever been in a virtual world?

Ever done book promotion in a virtual world?

Ever been frustrated with the ritual frenzy imposed on you when trying to make lasting relationships in the common social networks?

Have any other Maverick Methods for book promotion to offer??
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6 responses to “Social Networking for Mavericks

  1. Simone Benedict April 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I’ll get back to you. I’ve been tweeting like crazy all day, lol.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai April 11, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Whoot :-)

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  2. Damaria Senne April 11, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Marketing a book on second life sounds like hard work. And no, I haven’t tried it yet. But then, I registered on second life some years ago when I worked as a journalist, but I was not active for long.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai April 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      Well, it is hard… but, enjoyable work, Damaria :-)

      Also, I imagine any serious book marketing (I like the word “promotion” better) is hard work….

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