Best Social Media Platforms for Writers

Social media has undoubtedly revolutionized the way businesses, brands, and celebrities communicate with their audiences. When the internet was still in its infancy, the only method for an athlete, actor, musician, or writer to make a public message was to do it on their own website. This was considered a disadvantage because not everyone visits someone’s official website on a regular basis. Formerly, we could only learn about our favorite authors via official remarks made during press conferences and interviews.

Social media has transformed this in such a way that keeping up with your favorite writers’ updates has never been easier. Checking someone’s official profile on Facebook or Twitter to see what they’re working on has never been easier. Writers, like other creators, have begun to take use of this to build an audience and form a more personal contact with them through social media. Most writers share a lot of information about their work and personal lives, as well as feedback on their prior work.

If you’re a writer and you’re looking for a way to connect with your audience, you might want to give social media a try. This cheaper, quicker, and more effective way of communication has attracted many big names in the publishing industry and it’s still prioritized before old-school ways of communicating with the audience. However, one should always be careful when it comes to internet interaction since everything that’s online will always stay online. Many celebrities, some even non-writers (most notably Azealia Banks), have completely ruined their reputations online, and thus ruined their careers, as well.

In this post, we’ll look at how writers use social media to connect with their audiences and keep them up to speed on their work. Let’s get going.

1. Twitter

It’s not by chance that Twitter is the first social media network mentioned in this article. Because of its character limits, Twitter is particularly appealing to writers.

Twitter posts are limited to 280 characters (excluding photographs and other media), which means that whoever is posting has a limited amount of freedom in terms of what they may say. Writers thrive on difficulties and have little trouble expressing themselves, so it’s no surprise that they succeed at this.

There aren’t many networks that are scrutinized as closely as Twitter right now (save perhaps Instagram). Twitter is currently discussing and updating everything that is trending, whether it is the 2020 US Presidential Election or Paul Pogbas new haircut. This platform has evolved into a platform for trade, and if used appropriately, it can be a great tool from both a creative and a business aspect.

Twitter can be described as a fast-paced platform that encourages innovation by limiting characters. Pitch your story. Followers, come in. Thats it.

Another crucial part of using Twitter is establishing a following. Many Twitter users adhere to the F4F (Follow-For-Follow) protocol.

Most celebrities use Twitter exclusively to fire shots at other celebrities, making it famous for its feuds. It’s interesting to note that other social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, are largely unaffected by this trend. Most writers follow a similar trend, frequently debunking completely absurd and unrealistic fan notions about their work.

Several great authors utilize Twitter, and here are a few of the most well-known.

J.K. Rowling, the creator of one of the greatest (if not the greatest) book series of all time, Harry Potter, has embraced social media with zeal, and she’s frequently caught in online debates with her followers. Rowlings used Twitter to confirm and deny several Harry Potter ideas, as well as express her personal views and opinions. This has frequently resulted in squabbles with fans and the media, as some of Rowling’s opinions are regarded as provocative and incorrect.

Stephen King, the master of horror, is a frequent and well-liked Twitter user. His posts are primarily promotional and friendly, but he is also renowned for making political views. This has frequently aided him in gaining a greater fanbase.

Riordan, Rick Rick Riordan, the author of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, utilizes Twitter openly for both self-promotion and tech updates, as well as self-deprecating comedy.

Most authors follow the 80/20 rule: 80% of their Twitter activity is spent tweeting, retweeting, and liking tweets, while 20% is spent self-promotion.

When it comes to writing, Twitter has the advantage of having self-defined itself as a true writer and blogger network, which means you can connect with anyone in the same industry.

It’s just as important to connect with other people in your field on Twitter as it is to show your audience what you’re all about. When writing, hashtags like #writerslife, #writerscommunity, and #amwriting are all useful.

2. Goodreads

Goodreads is a social media platform dedicated to book lovers. Its main objective is to link writers with the audiences they desire. You can sign up as a writer or a reader, and each choice has its own set of engagement options.

Because there are more readers than writers in the world, the majority of Goodreads users are readers. When you register, you can keep track of the books you’ve read and the ratings you’d like to give them, as well as follow authors you enjoy.

When you register as a writer, the process is slightly different, and you can take full advantage of Goodreads’ Author Program. You can pay to use Goodreads’ advertising tools. You can control targeted advertisements to your audience with Goodreads advertising solutions by paying $0.15 each click. Other features on the site can be used to organize giveaways and other types of promotions.

Your Goodreads rating can help you predict and determine the success of your book on Amazon (the world’s largest book shop, believe it or not). Northwestern University, Microsoft Research India, and the Indian Institute for Technology Karagphur collaborated on a project. The researchers discovered that Goodreads rankings and reviews are directly related to Amazon sales success.

Many well-known authors utilize Goodreads, including:

Patterson, James He’s utilized the platform to review a lot of work by lesser-known authors, and he engages with his fans by answering a lot of questions from the community.

Brown, Dan He frequently uses the polling option to engage his readers and frequently answers fan questions.

Nicholas Sparks, a well-known romance author, is a frequent visitor to Goodreads.

John Grisham – the de facto King of Crime, Grisham is very active on his Goodreads site, actively updating his fans on his work.

This is a pretty handy guide that explains how to get the most out of Goodreads.

3. Reddit

Please excuse my alleged nepotism, but Reddit is my favorite social media platform, and it’s utilized by a wide range of creative authors, not just writers.

Reddit’s most distinctive feature is that everyone can remain anonymous if they like. The network is mostly focused on discussion, rather than the more popular, visual branding that Instagram and Facebook do.

Numerous writers and other creators have admitted to using Reddit anonymously to read comments and discussions about their work, and to frequently join those same discussions without the audience knowing who they are.

Jordan Peele, the screenwriter, and director of horror-mystery Get Out, which has deservedly received a lot of critical acclaims – has gone on Reddit to answer a lot of fan theories about the film. He’s praised a lot of them for their creativity and surprising accuracy, but he’s also debunked a lot of them.

Writing, publishing, reviews, and other topics have their own subreddits on Reddit, so you may have your work critiqued by other writers. This also allows a large number of writers to contact with one another, facilitating collaborations and mutual advice. There are also a ton of writing prompts to help you get started on new projects.

4. Facebook

Although some experts argue that Instagram has surpassed Facebook as the world’s largest and most popular social platform, Yet, Facebook still has the most active users. Your writing is welcome on Facebook, no matter what it is.

You can either create a public profile as an author or join an author group. It’s best to maintain your public writing profile separate from your personal profile (which should remain private) for professional reasons.

You can publish about your work or anything else you want your audience to know about you on your public author page. Most writers appear to favor this type of public outreach, and you’ll have more control over your marketing and advertising program this way. You’ll also have the option of allowing your followers to comment on your page.

If you’re a new writer, a Facebook writing community can be a terrific place to start. Establishing a group dedicated to your genre and work might help you retain your present fan base while also attracting new ones. You can also engage with your admirers like you would on a public profile. This will, however, take more time and patience, because organizations require management and mediation to stay on track.

Several writers utilize Facebook as a public platform; some of them have already been highlighted on other social media platforms (for example, J.K. Rowling), but here are some of the most well-known Facebook writers:

Paulo Coelho, one of the most well-known authors of our day, has perfected the art of using social media platforms as an author. He updates his supporters on a regular basis with quotes, book reviews, and even entries from his own blog.

Gaiman, Neil Neil Gaiman, who is recognized for being funny and hip, jumped on the social media bandwagon quickly. His official Facebook page is well-balanced and organized. He updates the page on a regular basis, providing insight into his life as well as promoting content. Yet, he appears to be using Facebook to promote himself rather than his writing, as he seeks to connect with his audience rather than sell them on his work.

John Green – the author behind The Book of Our Lives and Looking For Alaska has a very interesting approach to Facebook. He spends a lot of time creating and posting videos, rather than just keeping to textual posts. He actively posts YouTube videos as a way to engage with his following better, and he’s become quite well-known for this.

Facebook is without a doubt the most powerful social media site, sometimes referred to as the “king of social media,” and it would be foolish to disregard it when deciding which platform to focus on.

5. Instagram

The key distinction between this platform and the ones mentioned before it in this article is the emphasis it places on the visual. Instagram is more concerned with the photo or video than with the text in the caption.

You may be wondering why a social media site that is solely visual should be considered while discussing platforms for authors. The answer lies in our younger generations. The truth is that, since social media’s complete conquest, there has been a significant imbalance in social media and culture, with younger generations caring less and less about literature, art, and other forms of expression in favor of something more tangible like actual objects, films, and images. Evidently, writers adapting to Instagram will not fix the problem; instead, systematic change and education initiatives are required to fully use the benefits of social media.

Writers, on the other hand, can exploit this to connect with younger audiences. Several authors use Instagram to share fresh and engaging content in the form of photos and tales. To engage their followers, they frequently upload photographs and videos, as well as pithy excerpts from their work. Many writers, particularly poets, post images of their sources of inspiration.

Instagram is also ideal for organizing prizes and other promotional activities.

These are a few writers who regularly use Instagram:

Lana Del Rey – Lana Del Rey has recently released her first poetry book, Violet Bends Over The Grass Backwards, and she’s promoted it intensely on Instagram. It’d be ridiculous to assume that Lana Del Rey, arguably the greatest lyricist of the twenty-first century whose songs were often described as poetry in motion, needs any introduction – but it’d also be unwise to refuse to advertise. Lana has taken to Instagram to self-promote her work, posting snippets of her poems, and at one point posting a video of her reading one of her poems.

John Krakauer, the investigative adventure writer, rarely uses Instagram to promote himself, but he does post frequently about his personal travels, which definitely contributes to more exciting writing.

6. Pinterest

This is the most business-oriented platform on the list, and it’s a dream come true for both buyers and sellers. Unlike the other networks on this list, Pinterest does not create a frenzy when you post something fresh and exciting; instead, it quietly and steadily creates a fan following. However, Pinterest has the potential to outperform Facebook and Instagram in terms of traffic.

Some say that, unlike Facebook or Twitter, Pinterest is a rather asocial social network. On this site, you are not required to actively pursue social participation. On Pinterest, few people are looking for social contact; instead, everyone is focused on the information.

If you’re a writer, this is ideal because you can simply pin your writing and other material, pointing viewers to where they may purchase it.

Some authors who utilize Pinterest include:

Jody Hedlund has a highly effective Pinterest profile, and you can utilize her profile as an example and a guide to help you develop your own.

This page is entirely dedicated to Sylvia Day’s fans. Day shares images from her followers, most of which are related to her job and writing.

When it comes to creative work, social media can be a great blessing, and it’s critical for every writer to be active with their readership and engage with them. This will assist you in developing a more personal interaction with your audience while also promoting your product. Just be careful what you post because everything you do will live eternally on the internet and will have a significant impact on your reputation as a writer.

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