One of the questions that I’ve come to ponder is the worth of social media to an indie author. I am a member of a page on Facebook that has many self-published writers in the group. As a result, I’ve liked/followed many other fellow indies. The majority of their pages are actually updated quite frequently and they promote…promote…promote!
I? Yes. Well…I suck at that. Promoting is the one thing I can’t seem to do. Whether or not it’s because I don’t care, don’t think my stuff is worth it, or because I don’t think it will help, is a moot point. As much as I’d love to get out there and say, ‘buy my books’, I just don’t do it. But, I do have a Facebook author page. It has 159 likes and has had that many for two years. I get zero likes on most posts and have never had a share to date. Heck, my own family doesn’t share my stuff and they make up about 75% of the page likes.
So my question is: Is Facebook worth it? Or better yet, is social media worth it? My conclusion is…
Maybe to some it’s awesome and totally worth it. To me, I have to say it’s not. I’ve actually been toying around with the idea of deleting the page so it doesn’t stare at me regularly and mock me for my lack of posting. (Seriously…Facebook notifies you when you don’t post often.) I have a friend who runs a page for her art and her followers love her and she gets a ton of likes with each post. (Her numbers are in the thousands range.) I say if you’re good at it and it is fulfilling to you, then Facebook, Instagram, Tweet, or blog away!
How has social media helped you? Oh wait…no one will answer because I have no followers. See what I mean? Ha! (That doesn’t stop me from asking though…because who knows?)