IFTTT! This app/website is bad ass.
I only decided to start writing six months ago. During the first two months of hammering away at the keyboard, I had to decide several things, including whether I wanted to self-publish or seek an agent. I chose self-publishing, because, in truth, I had no idea what kind of writer I was. Yes, I’d written many theses as a nurse, many songs as a lyricist, but at that point I wanted to write fiction novels and I had never done that before. Wanna know what else I’d never done? Market!
I found out that to be successful at self-publishing, you have to use the 20/80 ratio, which is the amount of time spent between writing (20%) and marketing (80%). This means that in a 5-day work week, you’d spend only one (one!) day writing and the other four days marketing. Seriously?!?! I write SciFi and Fantasy, but there’s no way I’d be able to fairy dust that ratio no matter how much I tried to reconfigure or re-imagine it…enter IFTTT.
Like many authors who use social media, I wish to build an author platform, a BIG one. Platforms are slow to grow unless you get help and authors, especially new ones like me, need a lot of help. IFTTT is a hub of apps that you can pick and choose, mix and match, switch on and off whenever and however you want. For example, when I post a picture on Instagram, I have two apps running through IFTTT that automatically posts to both my Facebook and Twitter pages. That’s one upload to three outlets. It saves time and energy. You can use IFTTT for blogs, Pinterest, websites, LinkedIn; the list goes on and on. It really is amazing.
The only thing I wasn’t comfortable with was using any apps that accessed my Dropbox. So make sure you read each applet carefully. But once you try your first one, the possibilities become endless! If you’re worried about hackers, I can’t help you there. I make sure I use apps that have at least a thousand users. Hmmm…I’m feeling a sense of inspiration coming on…that’s a SciFi short story for sure. I heart IFTTT! <–Okay, that was weird. What can I say? I’m a nerd.
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