I know I should be active on social media. As an author, the best way to get people to see your books is to be out there, saying hello and mixing with the crowd, rather than spending money spamming people with ‘buy my book’.
So I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and I even have some book readings on YouTube. The Facebook presence includes pages for the book series. It includes my Jemima presence, and my private one (for real family and friends). I only do Jemima on Twitter, and Google+, which I don’t really understand and languishes somewhat, because I don’t really have time to address it. And frankly, logging out of my private account into the Jemima one on Facebook means I don’t really interact with people on FB, only through the book pages. And of course there’s also Goodreads, where I’m also a moderator on the Great Middle Grade Reads Group.
There is, simply, too much social media. I prefer to devote my time to my blog, to writing and to reading.
So why am I asking about Instagram?
It’s all the fault of this post by literary agent Carly Watters, reblogged by the Story Reading Ape a couple of weeks back.
If you’re unsure about whether Instagram is for you try it out and you’ll quickly see why book lovers flock there. Book covers are made to be captured and shared on the platform. Writers can share their WIP adventures or road to publication. Publishers host giveaways.
Plus, many book bloggers now use Instagram to promote their book coverage on their blogs. So not only should writers be on there to build a personal platform, writers should also be on there building a community to help promote their book when the time comes.
I think of Instagram as picture driven, much like Pinterest. I’m not sure how much social media interaction benefit there is from Pinterest, maybe I don’t use it properly. In fact the best thing about Pinterest for me is using it as a random filing cupboard where I link things I think might be useful, like A to Z challengers I like, or writing advice, or book review sites – or Inktober, which is what stopped me passing over the Instagram article.
Instagram like pictures, and one thing I have for the Princelings books is pictures. Zillions of them, so it seems, although at 8 books averaging about 20 chapters each, it’s ‘only’ 160 chapter illustrations (plus a dozen for seasonal short stories). So maybe I have the raw material for a presence on Instagram. Do I want it? I don’t know. I just think I ought to find out.
Of course, it would also be another excuse to buy a tablet or iPad.
What do you think? Do you use Instagram? What does it do for you?
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