We live in a bold new era. To become a successful writer, one must learn to navigate the unsteady currents of social media in order to discover, reach, and build an audience. No matter how groundbreaking your novel, a strong online presence gives you a leg up on your competition. I’ve outlined below a few basic strategies, including a few examples, for cultivating and maintaining a social media presence.
Getting short stories accepted at literary magazines is still a form of currency for finding an agent and a publishing company for your novel. Remember to keep your followers aware of any success, no matter how small. For example:
- “My Short Story,” has been accepted for publication by Literary Magazine
- “My Short Story,” has been published online by Literary Magazine
- The issue of Literary Magazine with “My Short story,” has been published in print
- In case anyone missed it, last month “My Short Story” got published.
Short stories may be a more pure form of fiction, but eventually it comes down to your novel. Consider sprinkling your news feed with some of these:
- 100 pages in and feeling great
- Whew! That’s 20,000 words in just two weeks #onaroll
- Finished a new draft #couldthisbeit?
Even if you haven’t been working on your novel, you don’t want to stop the flow of information. Here are some examples of good generic posts about the writing life:
- Nothing better than a good morning spent writing
- So glad the muse returned. Never leave me again
- Working on this story for months and just figured out the ending #epiphany
Social media isn’t just useful for getting the word about your novel. You can also crowd source for specific details:
- What kind of music would a punk girl love in the early 80s?
- What brand of suits would a hedge-fund manager in Connecticut wear?
- What size tires would a ‘67 Buick Skylark need?