There comes a point when all budding new writers ask themselves the same question: how can I get more people to read my writing? The truth is that there are a lot of writers out there looking for readers. If you want to gain and build a solid audience, then you will need to promote your writing in the right places. You will need to connect with people to encourage them that your writing is worth their attention – unless you are famous, then they will not come to you!
This month we are discussing ways that writers can connect with one another online. We have already discussed the most basic way that you can get people to start connecting with you: by creating a blog, or website, where you can feature your writing all in one place. Today, we are going to discuss social media, chiefly Facebook and Twitter. I’ll mention a couple of others at the end, too – feel free to add your own in the comments section to let other people know which websites you use.
Facebook is an excellent place where you can share your writing with many people. As well as the writing groups that we have previously discussed, you can also create your own page. This can either be connected to your writing blog (WordPress offers a great and easy way to share your posts on various social media sites), or used as a separate writing platform. You can then invite people to follow you, share your posts with your friends, and expand your readership to people who may not have blogs of their own.
Twitter is similarly advantageous for writers trying to connect with people. In fact, Twitter is arguably the best promotional platform around. You can connect with everyone: readers, writers, reviewers, promoters, publishers … the list goes on. If you are not using Twitter to promote your writing, then you may be missing out on a large readership, or at least some fantastic connections. You may only get 140 characters to promote your writing, but you can use images and hashtags (#) to help you connect. Hashtags are a brilliant tool that people use to find others with similar interests. If you don’t know how to use them, or you don’t know any popular hashtags for writers, then you should do some research – hashtags are an extremely useful promotional tool.
Other useful social media sites that you can use include Google +, LinkedIn and Pinterest. You could also try Instagram if you have the time to turn some of your shorter pieces of writing into images. Overall, your approach to social media will have a profound impact on the amount of people who are exposed to your writing. The longer that you promote yourself on social media, the more that your audience will increase.
This month’s theme is CONNECTIONS. If you have written something that you would like me to share on this blog on the theme of connecting with other writers online, then please post a link in the comments or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: Connections.