Social media has played a huge role in my writing because I love connecting with my readers. What truly separates Wattpad authors from traditional authors is the unique relationship Wattpad’s authors are able to have with their readers. Because of my close relationship with my “Reapers”, “Keeties”, and “Pirates”, I’m able to interact with them in all aspects of social media.
To some, Facebook is perceived as ‘That Social Media Outlet Where Old People Can Reunite with Their High School Friends and Brag About Their Children’. But for me, Facebook has been the most effective and fun way to communicate with my readers outside of Wattpad. Currently, I have two Facebook groups for my two most popular book series, the Death Chronicles and the Vendetta series. The Facebook groups bring the most dedicated and active readers that I have all to one place, creating a unique community just for my writing. Thousands of people have joined my Death Is My BFF Facebook group alone because I actively post pictures (mostly of hot men), share music, and sneak peaks for the series that are only available in the group.
The Facebook groups help me get inspired and enable me to see what my reader’s vision of my character’s are, since they are able post their own pictures and videos into the groups as well. Whenever I have art contests or make new book trailers for my work, I’ll post them in the Facebook group. Although it can be a lot of work maintaining the Facebook groups, it’s a lot of fun to engage with my readers there and connect with them on a daily bases.
Instagram is also my go-to social media outlet for short video edits that remind me of my books or pictures to engage my readers. There are a quite a few accounts on Instagram that upload fan made video edits tag me in them, which is pretty much the coolest thing ever. I love posting normal content on my Instagram as well, which brings my readers closer to my everyday life and me.
I can’t talk about my love for social media without mentioning Twitter, which has recently become my most active media outlet. Besides being a quick and easy way to reply to my fans, Twitter has trained me to keep things short, sweet, and to the point, which I sometimes struggle with as an author. When I’m not updating, I’ll have my “characters” take over Twitter and engage with my readers, post a fun poll about my books, or I’ll post a few quotes from an upcoming chapter. That always seems to make them very happy!
I’m very close to my readers because it’s their endless support that has gotten me incredible writing opportunities like the “Imagines” project and the commissioned work I’ve done for Sour Patch Kids and Coca-Cola. I feel like every “popular” kid on the Internet says this, but I really do have some of the best fans in the world. I can’t wait to one day break the Internet barrier and meet some of them at book signings!