Good morning and welcome to Thursday Thoughts. Today, we’re discussing having fun on social media. This is an important element of being an author and also letting people know you’re a real person too.
You, the author, must have two pages on Facebook. Your personal page and your fan page. That’s a mandatory given. Why? Because you have to separate who you are as a person from your author persona.
Your fan page is where you do the serious work of promoting your book. On your personal page, you have fun. Lots of fun.
How do you do this?
Share silly and happy posts. Talk about what you’re doing with a book in little status updates too, but mainly focus on crazy stuff. Like memes about how the girls are in the state where you live. Tag people you know locally, so they can jump into the action. Talk about dumb stuff you pulled during the day, just like everyone else. You’re connecting with everyone on a level they understand. Instead of being THE AUTHOR, you are a normal person to them.
How does this help you?
Once people see you as a normal person, they’re going to be more interested in your books. They’ll respond to your posts about how hard your current WIP is, how you just can’t past a certain point, or the characters are being uncooperative. Your friends and family will soon become your biggest fan. Instead of bemoaning that your characters are being stubborn, post a cute, funny moment they experience in the book and talk about them like they’re real people. You’d be amazed at the reaction this gets from your friends. They’ll laugh, offer advice, let you know that you aren’t alone in this trouble.
“But these aren’t real people,” you protest. “They’re my characters.”
Yes, they are your characters. But they are real to you and if you make them seem real to your friends, who aren’t authors, they’ll chime in with information that can improve your book. You’ll get a perspective you need to make your characters more real, more like ordinary people are, and that will give you a new way of making your book more intense.
Social media is all about being friends with people all over the world. As authors, we need to connect with these people on a level they understand. We can’t be the untouchable person; we have to be the individual they can relate to, a person who appears as ordinary as they are, and they will love being part of your world!
About K.C. Sprayberry
Living a dream she’s had since she first discovered the magic of books. K.C. Sprayberry traveled the U.S. and Europe before finally settling in the mountains of Northwest Georgia. She’s been married to her soulmate for nearly a quarter of a century and they enjoy spoiling their grandchildren along with many other activities.
A multi-genre author, K.C. Sprayberry is always on the hunt for new stories. Inspiration strikes at the weirdest times and drives her to grab notebook and pen to jot down her ideas. Those close to her swear nothing or no one is safe if she’s smiling gently in a corner and watching those in the same room interact. Her observations have often given her ideas for her next story, set not only in the South but wherever the characters demand they settle.
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