A Book Review on Kristen Lamb’s “We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media”

I haven’t blogged for a while. That’s because I’ve been busy having my world turned upside down. Someone said, “A writer MUST have a blog,” so I made one. Somebody else said, “Start a fan site on Facebook,” so I did. Then they tell you to build a what? A platform? How the heck do you do that?

Well, you start by reading We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide To Social Media by Kristen Lamb. Am I a social media success story? Seriously, people… it’s been, like, a week since I read the book. No. Baby steps. Or they will be baby steps when I get that far. Right now I’m doing that thing babies do before they crawl. You know… the squiggling around on their belly stage? But I’m beginning to “get” it. It’s not quite as terrifying as anticipated, and best of all, it’s attainable.

If you are a writer with no idea of where to begin, or you have been making efforts that aren’t progressing as you’d hoped, check out this book.

Anyway, here’s my Goodreads review:

Laura Ritchie‘s review

Feb 25, 12    5 of 5 stars

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Read in February, 2012

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 that there have been upgrades made to the social networks, so some of the step-by-step instructions won’t be spot-on.

Ms. Lamb is the first person to make the concept of “building a platform” seem achievable to me… not just that, but made me happy about jumping in with both feet. I look forward to reading her next book: “Are You There Blog? It’s Me, Writer”.

Keep writing!



4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marcy Kennedy
    Mar 11, 2012 @ 21:07:47

    Are You There Blog is an excellent book, and Kristen has more great resources on her blog (I don’t know if you follow it yet or not). I can’t say enough about how helpful she’s been for me.


    • UnrestrainedFancy
      Mar 12, 2012 @ 00:32:12

      I came across Kristen’s blog only a few weeks ago, and immediately ordered her books. Been following her since… also fast becoming a total fan-girl. 🙂

      Her insights have the power to change you from one HOPING for a future in writing to a person who takes the bull by the horns and begins DOING for themselves (aka building a brand.) What a blessing she is to writers!

      Thanks so much for you checking out my blog!


  2. Debra Kristi
    Mar 11, 2012 @ 23:36:43

    Welcome to the WANA scene. If you troll the hastag #MyWANA on twitter you will find us out there in twitterland. There is a lot of supportive writers there to help you build your platform. I was where you are. I understand. We will all have our up and down days. Thank you for visiting my blog. Looking forward to seeing what you starting doing here. 😉


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