Social Media

‘A social media presence is an integral part of succeeding as a writer‘.

Is this statement true? I don’t have the definitive answer. If I did, I could join the increasing number of people writing about ‘how to improve your social media success’.  These are simply my thoughts on the subject and how it has affected me as an aspiring author.

The popularity of the ‘e book’ has been phenomenal. This publishing revolution has fueled the concept that all writers need an active social media presence to become  successful. Many established authors believe social media to be important. If their presence on ‘Twitter‘,’Facebook‘ and the ever-present ‘blog’ is any indication.

So with this in mind as I struggled with the rewrites to my first book and finishing my second;  I decided to update my social media. I intended this to be a pleasant diversion not the overriding obsession it threatened to become.

‘Twitter’ was  my first dabble into the world of social media. When I decided to write again last year I started an account to  follow publishers and find out what was happening in the writing world. It has become ‘my guilty pleasure’. I have met so many interesting writers; reading and responding to tweets.  Many of whom I now consider friends.Writing is a solitary occupation, part of the attraction for me. but I do enjoy having spontaneous chats with like-minded people when I need a break from my imagination.

I had always shied away from  ‘Facebook’. My kids have ‘Facebook’ and they certainly didn’t want me  encroaching on their territory.  Last year I opened an account just for me, to connect with organisations of interest. A couple of weeks ago I decided to open up my account and find some of my ‘Twitter’ friends. I am so glad I did. Google+ followed and finally my current favourite ‘Pinterest.’ I was so absorbed that I nearly forgot  to write. So for me having a social media presence is no hardship. The downside is the time it takes to be current.

Writers need to be accessible to their readers. As a reader my favourite authors are those that connect with me and I am always happy to publicise their work.

A writer will only be successful if they write well. Social media contain important tools  to support the writer along their journey from links on the craft of writing to advertising the finished book.

I am really interested to know what you think? Please leave a comment below.

Jane x

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4 thoughts on “Social Media

  1. Hi Jane interesting post. Have to say I had to be dragged into social media. I avoid FB because my teens live on there and I am the nagging mum reminding them that homework is far more important. I do however think twitter has been hugely beneficial and I have ‘met’ fab writers on there and discovered new authors via tweeps recommends. I think social media now has to be accepted as a writer’s tool. And if you need that little break from the WIP pressure it’s good for a giggle too 🙂

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  2. I was most definitely like you Jane. I avoided FB when I was pursuing publishing. I was certain that it would be a big time suck. But then the editors started announcing writing opportunities on Twitter. What was an aspiring writer to do? I joined Twitter. I lurked at first with my egg and no followers. Little by little I got more comfortable and found that I really enjoy Twitter and getting to know some wonderful people. Then followed FB…Google+…Tumblr. Still trying to figure out how to connect with like minded people on Tumblr. *scratches head* But I agree social media is an important tool for a writer, but the most important thing is still the writing. Which I should be doing right now. 😉

    Thanks for sharing.

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