I believe in niche social networking site. Since I am a writer, this week’s blog is a listed of various literary social networking sites. Now, before you join all of them, find out which ones fit you best. And after you join, become an active part of the community. Be sure not to get into the habit of putting up profiles just to gain an extra link to your site.
Writers have a bad habit of being recluses who only network with other writers. We need to network with our readers as well. It’s all about finding your audience (Tribe). I’ve put asterisks next to a few of my favorites literary social networking sites. I don’t yet have profiles on all of them, but here are links to my RedRoom and San Diego Writers profiles. If you have a profile on either of those, I’d love to connect with you.
Good Reads – This is a great site to read your friends’ reviews of books they’ve read.
Authors’ Den – * This is a great place for readers and writers to connect.
Shelfari – This is a great place to keep a list of the books you’ve read and want to read, as well as to see your friends’ lists.
weRead – You can get personalized book recommendations, share your ratings and book reviews, and connect with people with similar reading tastes.
Library Thing – This is a social networking site for book lovers where they can catalogue their favorite books.
Absolute Write – This isn’t really a social networking site, but they do have a forum.
filedby – * You can discover great new books here, as well as readers and writers can connect.
Internet Book List – The name says it all. This is not really a social networking site, but they do have a forum.
CrimeSpace – This is a Ning site for people who like to read and write Crime fiction.
Book Marketing Network – This is also a Ning site for book authors and Publishers to connect.
Readerville – Another literary non-social networking site with a forum. Though their forum focuses on bringing in weekly authors that people can begin conversations with.
Writing – This is a place where writers of all levels can build their writing portfolio and connect with other like-minded people.
Reader’s Circle – This is a great place for readers who are looking for a book club.
For Writers – This is a great place to find writers groups.
Chick Lit Writers – This is a great place for women (okay, maybe some guys too) who write Chick Lit.
Forward Motion for Writers – This is a forum for writers.
Writing Forums – Another forum for writers.
editred – They offer a forum, as well as you can build your readership.
Red Room – * This is simply the closest thing writers and readers have to Facebook.
IndieBound – This is a great place for readers who support independent bookstores.
Nothing Binding – This is a place where writers can connect with other writers and promote their work.
She Writes – This is a Ning site where women writers can connect with each other and their readers.
San Diego Writers – If you’re a writer or reader in or around San Diego, or you just want to connect with San Diego writers and readers, this is the place to go.
If you know of any others, please comment.