Social Media For Authors

Here’s my thoughts on the social media and other stuff that vies for a writer’s time.

It’s overwhelming!!!

Actually, that’s most of YOU when it comes to SM.

Me, I’m cool.

Here’s how to embrace it, in a nutshell.

When I first started running, I would run for some distance, and then when that got comfortable, when I feel like I could do it all the time, I would add to the distance. So maybe I went from 1 mile to 1.5 miles. And of course, the first half dozen times I had to do 1.5 miles, it kicked my ass. But then after many weeks 1.5 miles wasn’t a big deal and so I would increase it to 2 miles – and then 2 miles would kick my ass for a while.

That’s it. That’s how you do it.


Baby steps. (BTW, if you think running two miles is baby steps, go run two miles and when the ambulance arrives to pick your gasping carcass off the sidewalk, we’ll talk.)

The point is, you can add to it and add to it, but when you first started into it, SM probably kicked/kicks/will kick your ass. I think social media added to writing added to other life needs, gets that way. But it’s a temporary thing. We eventually get used to working at that pace and then find we can push ourselves to the next level.

Keep your eyes on the prize.

I’ve written LOTS of posts about social media and building an author platform. They’re in my book (which you can get free by subscribing to my newsletter OR you can search this site using the search tab and the terms “social media” or “author platform.”)
Baby steps, though! You’ll get there.
And if you’re struggling and the posts don’t address your specific questions, let me know. I’m happy to address your concerns/needs/desires. If I don’t know, I probably have a friend like Al or Jenny or CJ or Michael or Molli or Beth or Amanda or Todd or Kristina or Julia or John or Michelle or TA or Cassandra or Tess or Allison or Lucy or Barbara or somebody else who does.

22 thoughts on “Social Media For Authors

  1. Dan, it is common knowledge that you are all-knowing 😉
    This post is so true – I used to HATE social media with a passion. It still isn’t my favourite thing in the world (that would be tea. Or… something else) but actually I have ‘met’ some top chaps & chapesses and it’s amazing how helpful some of those connections can be. I landed my publishing deal through the joys of social media and it’s great for sharing ill-advised naked photos with the world when drunk.

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  2. I feel like a tiny molecule in an ocean with SM. I often wonder if it is fit for purpose any more because it’s so full of stuff I don’t want to read, but hey, I’m not everyone AND I can’t be totally negative because I met my network of writing friends through SM!!! I also struggle with time, a full-time job and young family squeeze my ‘own’ time into such a limited zone that SM is taking a massive backseat over writing and critiquing. Why? because I’ve felt so much negativity on SM that I close myself into an ever shrinking bubble to save my own sanity. My time is better spent doing what I enjoy!!


  3. I don’t find social media overwhelming so much as time consuming and confusing. Time consuming because suddenly I’m spending a huge amount of time reading and commenting on other people’s blogs and Facebook posts — which is fun, but — confusing because I never know if I’m actually accomplishing anything. The distinction between “building my author brand and audience” and “procrastinating online instead of writing” has become a complete blur.

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    • If you are like me, you will go through spurts of commenting on everybody’s blogs, followed by spurts of not commenting on anybody’s. I think we are all that way to a certain extent. I also will go through huge swaths of productivity followed by periods of complete inactivity. I think that’s just how it is. Being a professional means you minimize one and maximize the other. When you get that down, you have it made. Baby steps.

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      • Good advice, Dan. I keep reading all these organized people’s writing advice, that I should always do this for 10 minutes and that for 30 minutes and this for one hour every day. But it’s just not how I work best. I surge on one project one day and then surge on another the next. I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who surges on and off on commenting too. I always feel bad if I haven’t stopped by my old haunts to say howdy.

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        • What works for me will be different from what works for you. I can do 10 minutes of this and ten minutes if that and get everything done. A lot of people can’t. If you can spend Monday on one thing and Tuesday on another and that works for you, then stick with that. It’s when people aren’t getting their writing done or aren’t accomplishing their goals that I like to step in and say here are some different methods for you to try.

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  4. When you are self published social media is like your life force. Keep hammering away at your writing and putting your words out there. The more you write and keep other’s interested in what you have to say, the better writer you become. Social media is moving my life right now.

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