Choosing the right social platforms
Whether you’re published or yet-to-be-published, it’s important for writers to build an author platform right away. Author platforms are essential for both traditionally- and self-published authors in today’s modern world. But what social media platforms are the best avenues for your books?
If you missed the first blogs in my author platform series—Author Platform Basics, which lays a foundation for what author platform is, and Author Platform: What Should You Put on Your Author Website?—be sure to check out those as well.
Today, let’s talk about the pink elephant in the room: social media.
Since I specialize in fiction, we will be gearing today’s conversation to social media platforms for fiction writers, though many of these platforms will likely also be applicable to nonfiction writers.
Regardless of whether you are self- or traditionally-published, author platforms are essential. For self-published authors, this is how to spread the word about your books. For traditionally-published authors, it’s an important tool in your toolkit to get scooped up by agents and/or editors at publishing houses.
The purpose of author platform is to establish future readers for your books.
Social media is part of your author platform and does not replace an author website. Both are essential to have. But with so many social media platforms out there, it can be difficult to decide which ones to spend your time and energy on.
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