Social Media Tip for Authors #3: Do What You Love/Like/Enjoy

Do What You Love!

Welcome to my Social Media Tips for Authors Series, where I offer you tips to put into practice so that you can:

  • Connect with your readers and get to know them
  • Let them get to know you
  • Build your network
  • Contribute to your tribe!
  • Be of service
  • Create your author platform

So you can sell more books!

Social media is: Blogging, Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, MySpace, other specialized online networks like Yahoo Groups, Forums, YouTube, etc.

Today’s Tip #3: Do What You Love/Like/Enjoy

Many authors think they have to do everything in social media, but cringe when they think if using _______ . (Fill in the blank with Facebook or Twitter or blogging or another social media tool.) And that keeps us away from even experimenting.

But actually you just need to get active in the one (or two) venues you enjoy. Because your passion shows through!

How will you know what you like?!

Here’s the kicker: You won’t know until you actually spend some time on each one. So, you may need to pass through a little discomfort to find that sweet spot.

Just like editing a novel isn’t easy, but we all do it, and sometimes get help doing it, we must edit if we want our readers to enjoy our well-written story. Right?!

If you just spend some time getting familiar with each medium, then you can make an informed choice about where to spend your time and most importantly, your attention.

Social media for authors is about connecting with our readers, potential readers, fans and tribe to draw them closer. We have something to share; they want it!

That’s why we’re doing this. Not just because we’re chatting and need a break from our novel writing, though there’s that too!

One of my clients doesn’t like Facebook because of all those faces! But loves Twitter because it’s short, to the point, and the faces are minimal.

Sometimes what we don’t like can be overcome. I didn’t like that it felt it all took so much time all this social media stuff. But when I realized that I could just come to Facebook or Twitter like I take a coffee break, and actually timed my social media chatting time with my coffee breaks,  I found I could fit posting, liking, and tweeting in to my daily life. Cool!

Tip! –> I also use a time sharing tool: to share on multiple networks at a time.

What social media do you LIKE and why? Please comment and share! Thanks!

And if you’re curious to learn more about getting in action around social media and actually getting into action, check out my new course Social Media for Fiction Authors starting June 20th! Space is limited!


I’m doing a countdown for my 10 Social Media Tips for Authors. Read more! Previous posts in the series:

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  • Ann says:

    I like facebook and twitter. I’m planning on setting up a blog/ website we’ll see how I do with those. I’m hoping if I get them all linked I’ll be fine. But trying to maintain everything can be overwhelming.

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