Author Mark Bierman
Polylyric Posts is delighted to host Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author Mark Bierman on his blog tour! Mark shares helpful insights on using social media. Take it away, Mark:
Five Tips for Using Social Media
Social media, some days it can seem like a giant black hole that swallows time. If you’re not careful, it can leave you with little, to none, for writing. But it doesn’t have to be that way. A bit knowledge and planning can go a long way. With the right strategy, it can be transformed into an amazing tool for building a community and promoting your work.
First, and foremost, always remember that it’s not all about you.
Be sure to promote others, host them on your blog, tweet about their new book, write a review, establish the habit of giving. Please feel free to reach beyond the writing world and create human interest articles, or spotlight a local charity. Demonstrate awareness and concern about the larger picture.
Choose social media platforms that you like.
In the same manner as an exercise routine, if you want to stick with it, do something you enjoy. Whether you prefer the quick and visual method of Instagram, the ability to tell the full story on a blog, or the fast pace of Twitter, choose wisely because time is precious.
Utilize social media management applications.
There are many to choose from, and they can help you win back some of that time. Applications such as Hootsuite, allow you to monitor and schedule posts to many platforms and freeing you up to write. TweetDeck, though exclusive for use on Twitter, is free, and allows for the management of multiple Twitter accounts. It also simplifies the following of hashtags and viewing tweets in real time.
Show the audience your fun side. Post tasteful jokes, or humorous experiences you’ve had, maybe provide a photo and ask for captions, the six-word (or whatever number you choose) stories are popular, make it interesting, engaging and unique to you.
Compose blogs or informative articles on subjects that are related to your work.
Is your novel about an evil king who terrorizes his subjects? An article about the history of the feudal system could generate discussion and be the perfect segue into a conversation about your book.
As with most things, a firm grasp of how to use social media can lead to meaningful interaction and continued success.
Mark’s Book: Vanished
Please be sure to pick up a copy of Mark’s book and write a review: https://www.amazon.com/Vanished-Mark-Bierman-ebook/dp/B01E4CZHIO
Born and raised on a farm near Brockville, Ontario, Mark’s childhood consisted of chores, horseback riding, snowmobile races, fishing trips to local lakes, and many other outdoor adventures. He was, and remains, an avid reader of many genres.
Transitioning into adulthood also meant moving from the farm into large urban areas that introduced this ‘country boy’ to ‘big city’ life.
Drawing on his many experiences as a private investigator, and later, a correctional officer, Mark combines his unique experiences and imagination to create stories and characters.
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Thank you Mark for sharing your thoughts! Please leave Mark some cheers in the comments section below.
Informative post on a subject that is time consuming!
Thank you for stopping by, Denise!
Thanks Denise. It’s so easy to get sucked into the social media ‘time vaccum’. I know I have,many times!
Congratulations, Mark! Great social media tips. Enjoy your month in the spotlight! Thanks for hosting, Eric!
Thank you for your visit and encouraging words, Vashti!
Great piece on social media. Wishing Mark the best.
Thanks for hosting, Eric.
Thank you for coming by, Beem!
I hope your tour is going well, Mark. All the best for this month. Thanks for hosting Mark, Eric!
Thanks, Maretha! So far, so good!
Honored to do it, Maretha. Thank you for stopping by and cheering Mark on!
Thank you, Eric, for hosting my spotlight blog!
It is my honor, Mark! Thank you for sharing your work.
Great suggestions, Mark. All the best on your tour! Thank you for hosting, Eric.
Thank you for visiting, Gwen!
Thanks for your kind words, Gwen.
Thanks for the great tips, Mark! 🙂 Keep shining…
Thanks for your steadfast support for indie publishing, Bette!
Thank you, Bette.
Hi Mark, I like how you phrase the concept ‘establish the habit of giving’. That is so #RRBC! Thanks for the tips.
It certainly is, Wendy. Thanks for stopping by.
Thank you for coming by and cheering Mark on, Wendy!
Excellent advice from Mark. He is right. Social media can be a black hole that swallows up oodles of time from my day and takes away from writing. These tips are helpful! Thanks, Eric and Mark.
Hi Jan, thanks so much for coming by and for your kind thoughts.
Thanks Jan, I’m glad you found them helpful.
Thanks for the tips Mark. Eric your support is so appreciated.
Thank you, Shirley.
Thanks, Shirley! As is yours.
Great tips! There’s nothing more boring than someone who does nothing but self-promote.
You hit the proverbial ‘nail on the head,’ Marcha. There is nothing more boring. Thanks for visiting!
Thanks for sharing these SM tips, Mark! Great advice.
Thanks for hosting, Eric. Cheers to you both! 🙂
Thanks so much for coming by and sharing your support, Natalie!