I have to admit, when I first started writing, social media was the last thing on my mind. I was writing the next ‘big thing’, I didn’t need to worry about social media! But then came the light bulb moment that, as a reader, I like to see what my favourite authors are up to. Be it a snippet of their latest work in progress, something that inspires them or a glimpse into their writing life in some other way, I like being able to see what goes on. Even better is when they are stuck for a character name and invite their followers to give them ideas.
So rather reluctantly I jumped on the social media bandwagon, figuring that my future readers would appreciate it, just like I do with the authors I read. Surprisingly, I discovered I freaking LOVE it. Instagram has my heart. Pictures to catch my attention and then some words underneath, I’m sold. Twitter took a bit longer, but I’m finding enjoyment with it now. I’ve stayed away from Goodreads and Snapchat because I’m afraid I’ll get really addicted. Facebook, meh, I can take it or leave it professionally. And my blog, well, I had no idea I would like it so much. Especially when I was frustrated and reluctant to start one.
Rather naively though, I didn’t take into account that other people would look at my social media profiles and judge them. I think I thought no one would really look until I was published and who knew when that was going to happen. So here are some tips so you don’t make the same assumptions and mistakes.
- From the moment you first post about your writing it is saying who you are as a writer. Think about that.
- It is okay to change, but understand you may lose followers. You may gain some as well.
- You are building a base of people who want to read your writing and hopefully buy it in the future. Remember that.
- Your followers are real people, treat them like you would in real life and not a faceless computer. (Unless it’s a bot, but that’s a whole different thing).
- It’s okay to take time out, but have a time frame and make sure you let your followers know. They are investing their time in you and it’s valuable, it’s good manners to respect that.
- Don’t engage with trolls. Ever. Just don’t. The block option is there for a reason, use it.
- Only post something if you are happy for the whole world to see it.
- Check your spelling and grammar (Something I still struggle with).
- Above all, be YOU. Being genuine always shines through and people appreciate that.
So that’s it, if you have any other tips let me know in the comments. Have a happy and creative week everyone 🙂