I don’t know about you, but I spend more time on social media than I should.
It’s a bad habit, I know. And if I ditched it, I would have more time and (crucially) more focus.
But social media isn’t a complete waste of time. For an indie author like me, it’s the best way to make connections with readers.
Here are some of the things I use social media for (the legitimate things, not the guilty secret things):
- Connecting with readers via FB reader groups – these are the best way to get book reviews in my experience.
- Discussing writing and book marketing with other authors – not just idle chat, we learn a lot from each other.
- Finding out about events where I can learn about writing and publishing, and meet other authors and readers.
- Sharing news about my new releases and promotions.
- Sharing posts from my blogs so people can read them and share them with their own networks.
- Running adverts for my books on Facebook – the second most effective marketing tactic for me after Bookbub featured deals.
- Finding out about writing opportunities, including guest blogging and copywriting jobs.
And of course there’s the idle stuff too – keeping in touch with friends and colleagues, sharing photos of the spaces where I write and commenting on other people’s posts.
So although I worry that social media can be a time suck, I appreciate that it can be an exceptionally valuable tool for any author. You want your readers to be able to find you wherever they are, which could mean anywhere: website, email, social media, even in meatspace… I know, old school.
Which is why I’ve written a post for the Alliance of Independent Authors on how to use social media strategically and avoid time-wasting. The main elements of my post are:
- your time.
Find out how each of these can help you be more strategic on social media by reading the post!