Social media account for novels?
Do RR writers make social media accounts for their novels? So they can tweet their releases or something?
If so, does it help with publicity? Do readers appreciate it?
And while I have your attention, what’s the deal with discord? Do readers like hearing their writers… talk?
God this makes me feel so old.
YuanMi Wrote: Do RR writers make social media accounts for their novels? So they can tweet their releases or something?
I use my Twitter to promote chapter releases alongside the general page for it. I also use it to post or RT art I commissioned for the story. Mostly, it's a way for me to contact artists for commissions.
YuanMi Wrote: If so, does it help with publicity? Do readers appreciate it?
Kind of... it's honestly really hard to say. At face value, I might get like 100 impressions on a tweet pertaining to a chapter release+the general page for it. But any link or profile clicks? No, generally none at all. I'd say I get more profile clicks from art I commissioned than actual chapter tweets. Do readers appreciate it? Well... depends if they really like what you're writing, I guess.
Social media takes time and energy. You might pick one or two options to target, but don't go all out unless you have a massive following or you're trying to make a living from it.
I have a Discord, mostly for my patrons. It's fairly quiet, but we do chat from time to time, and that's how I communicate with my beta readers as well. Discord is my most active social media platform (if we're not counting Patreon itself, or the sites where I post my stories).
I've posted on Reddit once or twice, but honestly, it's just too much to learn a new platform and keep up with it, and to figure out which subreddits are appropriate for what type of posts. If you're already a regular Reddit user, this one would be much easier.
Everyone says authors should use Facebook, but ... hell no. I left Facebook over a decade ago and I have no intention of going back. Maybe if I ever get popular enough to hire a publicist to handle it for me.
I have a very tiny Twitter account, where I just post new releases, and a slightly larger mailing list which also mostly gets new releases. If you get popular, you would definitely want both of these options, but for me, they kind of languish.
My big mailing list is my Patreon list, and I speak to them a lot more frequently.
If you're trying to write professionally, you definitely need a website. Mine's at https://www.ivyveritas.com. (Don't go there on your work computer, because I also write erotica on this pen name--the book covers are PG-rated, but still.)
I built this site using Wix, after my old WordPress site got hacked. I also have an email address linked to that domain, which is handy when I need to communicate via my pen name.
FallenPrinceA Wrote: Just my two cent, I know a guy who hires ghost writers to write his story ideas (I did a fiverr gig for him where I created a story outline) EVERY story he would make a social media account to promote that one book and when it was over, after 6 months or so he would delete that social media account and make a new account for the next project. I don't know how successful he was but honestly this idea seems very illogical to me. As a author you should just have a author account or author website for all your projects. This way people get to know you as a author and might follow and support you for the sake of you that's what having a brand is all about, it's not just for one specific product but for all your products. Having a author brand is the best way to go about things in my opinion.
Yeah, I agree, this is crazy. It's the exact opposite of how you're supposed to use social media. He gets followers and then ... he deletes them all instead of telling them about his next project. What's the point?
Speaking of social media tho, has anyone here tried tiktok? 15 secs of selling a story premise sounds like it could work. My story has violence in it so I won't try it with the 13-y-o limit tiktok has, but I am curious if anyone has done it.
I do want to make a career in writing, but I also get its suuuuper hard to do so, especially for someone who is starting from nothing. I only use Reddit now, but it doesn’t feel like a suitable platform to promote anything.
Discord sounds fun, in a listening-in-to-my-readers sorta way, but from what I summarize, it’s all pointless until I actually get some readers.
Anyway, thanks everyone. And good luck to your writing <3