This morning, I was reviewing the status of my stories when I realized they needed improvement. In other words, I need to expand my author platform. As I was lying in bed (where I do most of my thinking), I kept thinking of ways to improve my presence online. So far, I have a following on WordPress and Wattpad, but I need more if I plan to reach a wider audience. The only problem is I don’t have time to manage all these social media sites. I’ve tried twitter, but that’s either hit or miss.
(image was taken from http://authorstash.com)
So, I was thinking, maybe I could try something new. I’m sure a lot of us out there have tried Facebook, Instagram, and other story writing sites with little to no success; however, has anyone tried Youtube?
Yes! I’ve decided to start uploading videos to Youtube about my stories and offer some writing advice. For a while, I was trying to make my own book trailers, but they weren’t that good. Once I have time, I plan to pick up creating videos again. Doesn’t it suck when there are so many things you want to learn, and you don’t have time for eveything?
Has anyone tried the YouTube approach? Did you get more people following you and reading your stories?
Currently, my author platform includes:
Like another blogger pointed, many of these sites are hit and miss. On Wattpad, I can post messages to my followers, and I’ve noticed other writers doing the same thing, but many times only a few or no readers will respond. It’s almost like messaging ghosts lol
As for fanfiction.net and fictionpress, you can’t mass message your readers. Both fanfiction and fictionpress have old layouts and aren’t really the best websites for posting. However, even though they are old, you can still get some readers on them. Especially, on fanfiction.net if you post fanfiction.
Even with posting on all those sites, I still don’t think I’ve reached a lot of readers. Well, will see if posting videos on Youtube helps at all. And of course, I’ll post the videos to my blog. Fyi, most of the videos will be me talking and texting. I’m too shy to show my face. I’m excited to embark on this new project, though!
Also, what sites does your author platform consist of and how would you improve it?