It’s 2018 Y’all. I’m sure many of you have set resolutions or goals for this coming year. I know I have.
One of my many goals for this year is to write more on TAJ, because I’m really bad at sticking to a schedule. To start off this year’s posts from yours truly, I’m going to give a pretty simple list with ten prompts for social media, which can be used across many forms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Lets get this list on a roolll!
10 Social Media Prompts for Writers
- Share a Writing update: It’s likely that if people are following you on social media, it’s because they’re interested in what you’re doing. Snap a pic of your computer with your manuscript up and say something like ‘Editing another couple of pages tonight’ or ‘Today I’m writing a hard chapter’ or something that is short, but tells your followers what you’re up to. Remember, a picture’s worth a thousand words.
- Ask A Question: I like to do things that will break the ice. I’ve asked things like: What are you currently reading, or Paperbacks or E-books. I get a lot more interactions on my posts when I ask questions like that. I also love to ask people to describe things in emojis. (Describe your current read in 3 emojis.) That works great too.
- Pull a Quote from your book: Or pretty much any quote will do. I like to turn mine into graphics. It’s more likely to get noticed that way.
- Promote another author’s book: A favorite of mine. I love helping share books I love. Other authors appreciate it, and I then my readers will have plenty of books on my TBR while they wait for mine to come out. This can come in a variety of ways, like sharing a cover reveal or telling people to vote for a particular book for an award.
- Share a Bookish Meme: For me this has never done very well on my pages, but I find them to make me no feel spammy, and they brighten my feed. Typically they were shared from another author’s page. So no, I don’t make my own memes.
- Participate in Writing Tags: This is more of something I do on Instagram. Lately my followers have tagged me in lots of writing tags I’ve gotten to do. Some are just on books I love, but others are about my writing life.
- Introduce a Character from your book: I want to incorporate this more on my platforms. You could ask certain characters questions, or even do a Character hack/takeover on your account. You can expect this in the future from me if you follow me on social media.
- Ask for book Recommendations: Similar to #2 and #4 combinded, ask a reader what books they like. Who knows, you may end up finding a new favorite. This is another good way if you want your readers to interact with you.
- Encourage your followers to follow you on Other Social Media: Make sure to point out every once and a while where else your potential readers can find you.
- Share a Snippet from your book: Last but not least, share some of your book with your readers. Get them hyped for that novel of yours! Sometimes I do this while laughing at the funny errors I still need to fix.
There you have it: Ten prompts for your author platform. Next time you’re stuck and don’t know what to post, feel free to reference this post. And make sure to mix it up every once and a while.
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