5 Stages of a Writer Starting a New Form of Social Media #SundayBlogShare #writers

Writer Starting New Social Media

  1. The Buzz. Everyone you know is talking about this form of social media – which you are currently not using. They are like ‘wow – its crazy on here!’ and ‘this is where the literary party is at – woo woo!’  You try to shake them off by saying ‘I have enough forms of social media to manage thank you very much,  I might try it later in the year!’  They don’t listen to you and keep telling you about how great life is on [enter social media of your choice]. As well as listening to this excited chatter, every blog post, tweet or Facebook writing related post that you read is talking about this particular form of social media. It is like the entire online community is pointing you towards it. There is no escape from the buzz. Then you read a game changing literary article online or in a writing magazine which says something along the lines of ‘you must be on this form of social media for a literary agent to consider you’ – gasp! Those pesky literary agents are making you jump through social media hoops again – sigh!
  2. Assess Existing Forms of Social Media. This is the stage where you assess whether you can physically and mentally take on another form of social media. You will already be feeling that managing social media is becoming a juggling act what with posting, tweeting, pinning, tagging and hash tagging everything you write. During this stage you will find yourself doing the obligatory writer’s groan at the prospect of another form of social media to fiddle with. The trouble will be that you can’t get that article out of your head even though adding another form of social media to your literary plate makes you yawn and feel exhausted. In the end the literary agent threat wins and you decide that you might as well join this social media party. You tell yourself that your free writing time was eaten up a long time ago…by social media. Sigh!
  3. Profile Dilemma. As with any form of social media you go through the initial profile dilemma – how should I look in my photo? What should my bio say about me? If I go for this photo do I look like a serious writer or do I look like some crazy amateur? If I wear my hair like this – do you think it screams ‘creative person’ or ‘she is desperate for a book deal’?  In my bio – do I just say I like reading, writing and social media?  This is such a frustrating stage of that process. After getting sick and tired of photo editing yourself and not recognising the person staring back at you it goes live. Cue the obligatory ‘oh what the hell!’
  4. Initial sprint. You hit the ground running; following everyone under the sun, liking stuff and commenting on anything and everything. This is a period of intense activity and the coffee machine will not have seen so much coffee action from you in a long time. You start to attract some followers and some likes. It doesn’t feel like the party zone your writer friends made out it to be but maybe that’s down to your frazzled writer state. Sigh!
  5. Normality. This is the stage where things return to normality. For some writers this can happen quite quickly.  The excitement for this new form of social media wears off in a matter of days and you revert back to your writing. You will have noticed some advantages of being on this form of social media. There are some readers and book reviewers on there and maybe it won’t be so hard to maintain. It goes into your social media management system and is added to your list. Anything at the top of your social media list gets regular attention and the rest….when you are in the mood to play with or looking for an excuse not to write – sigh!

Have a fantastic day writers!

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35 thoughts on “5 Stages of a Writer Starting a New Form of Social Media #SundayBlogShare #writers

  1. I was about to ask the same thing: You have a social media management system? 🙂 Because, blimey, there are so many steps to getting your voice out there and heard–then wash, rinse, repeat–that you actually wonder if you’re writing to “be consistent” in social media, or writing because–well, that’s what got you started with social media in the first place. 🙂 Anyway, I’m no agent, but Twitter is how I found you. 🙂 You must be doing something right!!

  2. So far, since becoming a fiction author in 2013, I have spent time on most popular sites and established a presence on several, I have yet to find a lot of readers. I mostly find: authors (a LOT); those providing services to authors (even more); potential authors (a few); and, trolls (I block, but they do pop up). I belong to several dozen and am active in several Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ groups/communities; less active but to belong to groups on Goodreads.

    My first Spanners Series ebook is permafree; the second one came out about a year ago and the third one released last December. All 3 are out since late 2015 in both ebook and paperback formats. I offer discount codes for the paperbacks on my own site and participate in occasional sales organized by two Facebook groups I ma actively involved in (several per year). I give free ebooks to reviewers and have had more than a few reviews for each book, but not up to 50 for any (yet).

    I actively sought readers/reviewers on BuView and got a few but not as many as who accepted my free ebooks. Disappointing. I never pay for reviews or participate in review swaps.

    How do authors actually find readers? I’m stumped.

    I post interesting, varied non-fiction content (never all about my books or asking others please to buy my books), I re-blog, I share posts, I thank others for re-sharing (not always); I retweet (but not everything); my posts go up on all sites and my WordPress blog is cross-posted on Tumblr and on several other sites automatically. I re-post my own on Pinterest and StumbleUpon about once a month, to give them another set of views. I put most of my Google+ posts into Collections about once/month, which also gives them a boost in views. I do occasional reviews, usually outside my own genre (scifi) and post my reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, and sometimes my own blog as well. I invite and host guest bloggers on my site and guest blog/post interviews of myself on others’ sites regularly. I have articles and reviews that have appeared on very popular sites, some of which have paid me for my posts.

    I’ve read and followed the instructions for this from many ‘experts,” but still only find the above categories of people, usually. Not to say authors and others aren’t readers, but I’m looking for those who identify as such and not elsewise in the industry.

    I am frequently on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube (I have my own video talk show since 8/2014 and posted book trailers, author readings), and LinkedIn; I am occasionally on Goodreads, Library Thing, Shelfari, Book Likes and other author/book sites and many blogs and a few Blog Talk Radio shows’ sites (and I usually leave comments).

    All suggestions welcomed, except Instagram. Hate that site.

    Thanks!

    Sally

  3. Ahh, for the procrastinators and late adapters like me, step 5 becomes realizing that the buzz is long past, drastic changes have been made, the site is flooded with One Direction fanfics because someone had huge success with that, and no one takes that site seriously anymore… Because “Have you heard about that new site, NewSite? It’s literally the best! All the real writers are joining there.”

  4. No! My ears are covered. I can’t take on anymore social media … can you sense my edge-of-madness inner scream building up? Shall I tell you something? I don’t think I’ve sold one copy of my book through Twitter or Facebook. The majority of my readers have come through blogging because it’s like an extended family where we care about each other and share our joys and heartaches. So keep doing what you’re doing, as we’ll all be rushing to buy your book one day, cause we’ve been on your writing journey with you and we all love you 🙂

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