An Author’s Guide to Social Media

An Author's Guide to Social MediaHello!

Every author needs social media. It’s a simple fact of modern life. But with so many platforms to choose from, which one(s) should you use? Below is a simple breakdown of a few popular social medias:

Facebook (Difficulty: Beginner): The grandfather of social media. Facebook is great if you’re promoting events or to spread the word about yourself. Authors enjoy this platform because of its large network.

Twitter (Difficulty: Advanced): A great way to share up-to-date information about yourself. This social media is a bit more ‘hands on’ than Facebook because of its unpredictable follower rate. Unless you’re a bigwig, it will be a hard and long fight uphill to get noticed on Twitter. Authors enjoy this platform because of its creative layout.

Pinterest (Difficulty: Beginner): Pinterest is a popular way to hoard digital photos for inspiration while connecting with others who share your interests. Authors enjoy this platform because of its creativity.

Instagram (Difficulty: Beginner): Instagram is a quick and easy way to share photos with the world. Authors enjoy this platform because of its simplicity.

YouTube (Difficulty: Beginner): A pioneer in the internet world, YouTube holds a vast audience waiting for entertainment. Authors enjoy this platform because it provides a fast and easy way to share videos.

Google+ (Difficulty: Advanced): This social media has many factors in it (videos, photos and more) that can be confusing to beginners. Authors enjoy this platform because of its variety.

LinkedIn (Difficulty: Beginner): Similar to Facebook, LinkedIn’s users create unique profiles and are given the ability to connect with others in the workforce. Authors enjoy this platform because of its professional atmosphere.

Tumblr (Difficulty: Beginner): Tumblr in a way is like a large blogging site, where people connect and share posts and pictures. Authors enjoy this platform because of its collection of resources.

Flikr/Deviant Art (Difficulty: Beginner): If you’re looking for pictures or illustrations, these social medias are popular watering holes for artists to show off their work. Authors enjoy this platform because of its ability to connect authors to photographers/illustrators.

Questions? Comments? Let me know your thoughts! 🙂

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