Thank you to my fellow TWB Press author Marilyn Baron for this excellent and insightful post on Triberr, shedding some light on this new route to market whic h I’d previously struggled to get my head around.
How can you gain 100,000 followers on Twitter like Bubba Watson if you didn’t win the 2012 Masters Golf Tournament? Do you have to be famous or do something infamous? Do you have to bare your secrets online? The cyber landscape is becoming increasingly complicated to traverse, with new techniques cropping up at record speed—Triberr, Pinterest and the list keeps growing. What’s an author to do?
If you’re Eden Eastman, the fictional character in my humorous, supernatural e-short story Follow an Angel, you’d depend on divine intervention in the person of hunky Angel Gabriel, or Gabe, as his Facebook friends call him, in your quest to get one million Twitter followers by sundown before you could find your soul mate.
Unfortunately, we don’t all have an Angel Gabriel at our disposal. So we have to depend on our own wits. But we can call in the experts.
What’s it all about, Triberr?
I’d been hearing a lot of buzz about Triberr. So I decided to take the plunge. Now I’m a member of five tribes, with 66 tribemates. Alone, I have 258 followers. As part of Triberr, I now have a reach of 85,287. It made a believer out of me.
Here’s what Kayelle Allen had to say:
“Triberr [ http://triberr.com ] is a website for bloggers interested in increasing their reach—the number of people who read blogs. The concept is a tribe, with bonfires (postings or meetings), and tribemates. Each tribe has its own flavor or concept. One tribe might be all about fishing, another computers, still another, moms looking for info about childrearing. I belong to a tribe for book bloggers, one for erotica writers, one for science fiction romance writers, one for writers of steamy, sensual romance, and several more. Each member of a tribe has his/her own blog. Members also have Twitter accounts, and most, if not all have other social media accounts.
“Triberr works this way. When you upload an article to your blog, it feeds into Triberr, and the tribe to which you belong sees your post in its Tribal Stream. The other members of your tribe(s) can then approve your post and send it automatically to Twitter, sharing your post with their followers. They can also route your post to Facebook, StumbleUpon, G+, and LinkedIn. In return, you also share their posts with your followers. Unlike social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, where hands-on interaction is necessary for effective reach, Triberr requires only a few minutes a day to approve posts. The tribal council area, where tribemates can interact with one another, is largely quiet (depending on the tribe). I rarely spend more than ten minutes total, spread throughout the day, visiting Triberr and approving posts. My time spent on Twitter is less now, because Triberr does a lot of work for me. My personal reach on Twitter is over 1,300 followers, but combined with my tribemates, it’s over 350,000. My personal blog has grown in readership tenfold since I began using the program, with little additional work from me. My guest author blog, Romance Lives Forever, has one hundred times more return followers than it did last year. With a little work to set up the program, I don’t doubt Triberr can help you increase your readership as well.”
Kayelle Allen is a multi-published, award winning author. She also founded Marketing for Romance Writers http://marketingforromancewriters.org, the author-centric mentoring and self-help groups on Yahoo and Facebook. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MarketingForRomanceWriters/
Kayelle’s ebook How to Use Triberr is available at
http://kayelleallen.com/media/How-to-Use-Triberr-byKayelleAllen.pdf. She created it to help tribemates, and Dino Dogan, one of Triberr’s founders, has given it away on the Triberr site.
Dino Dogan, founder of Triberr, says, “I love that authors are using Triberr. In many ways it was built with authors in mind. Traditionally, book publishing companies have had the power to print books. Now, that power is in our control. Book publishing companies have had the power to put you in front of people. Now we have the power to put ourselves in front of people; especially since publishing companies don’t know how to do social media, and the media they do know how to do, well, the readers are not there anymore.
“Finally, book publishing companies have had the power to distribute books/content. Triberr is taking that power away from them and giving it to authors. Will we need publishing companies 5-10 years from now? Definitely not in their current form. I’m being courted by a large publishing house and I’ve considered pros and cons of going with them. The ONLY pro is that I would be able to say I’m a “published” author. Which made me realize that traditional publishing has turned into vanity press, almost overnight. Interesting, don’t you think? :-)”
“Dino makes three valid points, IMHO,” says Kayelle.
- Triberr does indeed help us gain power over distribution.
- I think the face of publishing will be radically different in 5-10 years.
- How true! Traditional publishing is no longer necessarily the first choice. It’s simply A choice, and one that many who have had experience with it are choosing to eschew in favor of more personal control. “
Marilyn Baron is a public relations consultant in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She writes humorous women’s fiction and supernatural short stories. To read more about Marilyn and her latest release, “The Edger,” visit http://www.petitfoursandhottamales.com/marilyn-baron/; To find out about her angel stories—A Choir of Angels, Follow an Angel and The Stand-in Bridegroom— visit TWB Press at: http://www.twbpress.com/achoirofangels.html. You can also search Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, OmniLit.com or Smashwords by author name and title. Marilyn blogs at Petit Fours and Hot Tamales http://www.petitfoursandhottamales.com/. Find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Marilyn-Baron/286807714666748 and Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/MarilynBaron. Her new supernatural e-short story, “Dead Mix,” will be released with TWB Press on July 20, 2012. Her new book, “Under the Moon Gate,” a romantic thriller set in contemporary and WW II Bermuda, is scheduled to be released from The Wild Rose Press in Spring 2013.
The Edger, a humorous women’s fiction novel, which Marilyn wrote with her sister, Florida artist Sharon Goldman, tells the story of landscape artist Alexandra Newborn’s shocking reunion with her college art professor, Nick Anselmo—once a celebrated Italian artist, now a homeless lawn man—which sows the seeds for murder, mystery and romance.
The Edger is available at Amazon Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006Y3P12Y#_. Smashwords at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/123376 and Barnes & Noble Nook Books at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-edger-marilyn-baron/1108321593?ean=2940013703957&itm=1&usri=the+edger+marilyn+baron