I have to be honest. I am not fond of social media. Yet, I know it’s necessary in this day and age to gain readers and market myself.
I just wish I could have more time to write. Because updating all my social media pages and trying to gain followers seems to be about all I have time to do. I’ve neglected writing my stories. As an author, shouldn’t I be concentrating on writing instead of tweeting and Instagraming and updating my status?
At this point, social media feels more like a necessary evil. I can write a book, but if no one wants to read it, then what’s the point? I need to market it, and the best way to do that is by increasing my fan base/followers. However, here comes another problem. The Internet has made it too easy for anyone to post their books and stories.
Free stories. And yes, many of them feature great writing. But many of them also have bad grammar, plot holes, clichés, and the whole shebang. But if the writer is popular on social media, she/he gets lots of attention.
So is there any need for publishing at all anymore? If people are willing to read terrible writing for free, then why would they even bother buying books anymore?
I know it takes time to build a fan base, but sometimes, I feel like it’s all hopeless. I feel like giving up. Why would anyone want to read my story, when there are tons of stories on the Internet–fanfiction about characters they already care about, tons of sex, stories written by already famous people?
How do I make people care about what I’ve written?
The answer to that is, of course, social media. Which brings us full circle.
Just a few thoughts…what are your views?