Most people have a Profile page to connect with friends and family. It is NOT the type of page you want to set up as your "author" or public page.
If you're setting up any sort of public page: for your book, for you as an author, or any other sort of professional type thing, you want to set up a Facebook Fan Page. The differences:
- People just click "Like" to gain access to a page; they don't have to be approved the way you would a friend request on your Profile page.
- Your content should be related, although it doesn't have to strictly revolve around, the product or service you set the page up to promote. This means no personal pictures, no vacation uploads from your phone after your third mai-tai.
And Fan Pages, like a Profile Page, have some of the same tools to make your life easier:
- You can import a personal blog, so that when the blog updates so does your Facebook.
- All the same types of content is supported--you can add photos of, say, your book cover or a video of a reading or signing.
- You can link out to your website or to a buy link for whatever you're promoting.
- There is a "Wall" section where you and your followers can interact publicly, as well as messages where you can communicate privately.
Go here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php to create your Facebook Fan Page--BUT WAIT.
Make sure you're doing so at the right time. If you don't have a book out in the next year (similar timeframe for other products: if you're not launching within a year, don't jump the gun), you probably don't want to start promoting it now--potential buyers will get fatigued. Twitter is a better, lower-commitment place to start if you're a couple of years out (we'll get to more on that).
Over the next few posts, we'll be talking more about Facebook, how to use it, and what its future looks like for commercial use. Stay tuned!!