Of Writers and Prose: Are authors sick of social media?

Quill-InkIf you’re an author, no doubt you’ve read all those articles about how we have to be on a dozen social media sites, interacting with our readers, forming bonds of lasting friendship, so we can sell our books. Considering HOW many social media sites these people are telling us to be on, it can not only be intimidating, but down right impossible to give each the attention they deserve or what these articles say they deserve. How many of you have gone on Facebook or Pinterest, only to realize an hour or two has passed and cut into your writing time? It happens to me all the time.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE social media. I do think it’s the best way to connect with readers, but I’m not going to spend HOURS out of my day to do it. I think there is a misconception that if you do all these things, people will buy your books, but as many authors are finding out, just because you talk to them, doesn’t guarantee a sell, and if this wasn’t hard enough, now there are people saying that you should be online making yourself known at least a year before your book comes out. Okay, I get that, but I don’t think being online sooner is going to bring in more sales of your book.

I found this like via a Facebook group I’m in. It really speaks to the frustration that authors have
when engaging online.

http://www.kseniaanske.com/blog/2015/1/24/how-often-should-you-blog-and-indulge-in-social-media

She makes so much sense it hurts. When all this was new, yes social media was good for advertising, but it’s old hat now. The shiny has worn off and the ugly side is starting to show. The best way to deal with being on places like Twitter or Facebook or even Instagram is….

….are you ready?

Do what feel comfortable to you. Seriously. That’s it. If you only do Twitter or Facebook, fine. If you only do a blog, fine too. Don’t beat yourself over the head because you’re not on half a dozen of them. Ask yourself, do I have time for all these sites? How will I keep my Facebooking or pinning or what have to a minimum without it cutting into my writing time?

That last one is the important one, because without it, you’re a talking head without any product, and Max Headroom was soooooo 1980’s.

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About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

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