Indie e-Con / / Instagram for Authors

 

(This post is written in correlation with the Indie e-Conference. Jump over to Kendra’s Blog for more awesome posts!)

 

With the numerous social media platforms out there, how on earth are we supposed to keep up with them all? Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, (and I know there are more but those are the ones that come to mind) — how exactly are we supposed to come up with content for all of them on a regular basis?

For myself and many other authors with busy lives, it’s simply unattainable. Even if I wanted to, I couldn’t keep up. Yet at the same time, I knew I needed to expand my platform to reach more readers. So where’s the happy medium?

At the council of a friend, I chose one media platform to start with. One that I thought I would enjoy. One that would just take a few moments to make posts on.

I picked INSTAGRAM.

Three reasons why Instagram is perfect for me:

  1. I’m a visual person. I take a lot of pictures in a day. It wasn’t hard for me to me more intentional and post pictures of what I’m already doing.
  2. It’s fast. Take a picture. Make a caption. Come up with a few hashtags (I keep hashtags to a minimum, but I know there is a lot more that can be done with them).
  3. I enjoy it! Pictures are fun. I’m no photographer, and 99% of my Instagram pics are from my phone.

 

Personally, it’s not difficult to come up with content for Instagram. I try to do 4-ish posts a week. If it’s more than that, great! If it’s less…well, life happens. It’s not a big deal.

But what can writers post on Instagram?

Anything. At. All. Instagram is one of those things that can be personalized or professionalized. Some authors I’ve seen post more professional-type pictures, with the personal bit coming in only every now and again. Other’s I’ve seen are the opposite–mostly personal with professionalism visiting.

The personal route is what works best for me. I include pictures of things I do with my siblings, road trips, school stuff–generally random stuff. Then there are the bookish posts, where I post about what I’m reading, what releases I’m looking forward to, etc. And then, very occasionally, promotional posts for my own books. *cringe*

From a writer standpoint, there are so many options. If your idea tank runs dry, try some of these ideas:

  • Your favorite book
  • Your favorite cover
  • Your writing space
  • A coffee/tea mug you love
  • Your window view as you write
  • Your bookshelf
  • Your favorite writing resources
  • Selfies while writing/editing/plotting
  • Memes
  • Prompts
  • Your furry writing buddy (dogs, cats, hamsters, raccoons… ;-) )
  • Screenshots of your writing music playlist

 

Instagram is a versatile, fun, easy, and fast. It’s ideal for authors with little time who want to actively connect with followers. It’s perfect for scatterbrains (*points to self*) who more often than not sometimes forget what day it is and when they last posted anything on any social platform.

Most of all, Instagram is an awesome method for connecting with followers in a visual, picture oriented way.

 

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What is your favorite social media platform?

Have you tried Instagram?

 

VAVC #4 / / Feb-April

 

I’ll admit, I’m hesitant to post this very scatterbrained, rambly video. It’s LOOONNNNGGGGGG. I’m soooo sorry…. but I’m too lazy to redo it. So here you go, the raw and real Ivy, stumbling and blundering. -_-

 

VAVC #4 from Ivy Rose on Vimeo.

 

If you want to join in the NaNo Make-Up, click here to learn more!

And remember, there will be a drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card for those who participate in the vlog challenge.

NaNo Make-Up #2

It’s time! Our first NaNo Make-Up went so well, we’re gearing up for another!

 

Because I’m such a pathetic human and cannot manage to do NaNo the months it is actually running, I have decided to come up with my own times to NaNo when it works for me. So, I’m hosting a Make-Up that will run from March 15th to April 15th. (Yes, I know it will overlap with the actual CampNaNo. Sorry.)

You can set your own word count, or set a project/outline/editing goal–whatever you want! If you are going to join, send me a message and I’ll add you to our group Google Hangout. Also, you can add your goal to the group Google Doc. Some of us will be using MyWriteClub for goal tracking. It’s not a requirement, but if you want to join that, feel free!!!

I hope you can join me! It will be fun!!!

Top 3 Writing Blogs

 

Who doesn’t like learning about new writing resources? I know I do! But honestly, with all the fantastic writing blogs out there, it can be hard to narrow them down. These three, in no particular order, are the ones I spend most of my time on.

 

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Go Teen Writers is awesome because of the broad spectrum of topics they cover. I love all the articles about getting over writer’s block, what to do when characters are misbehaving, and how to work with a frustrating plotline. Also, GTW is all about getting beginning writers started, providing encouragement, and opening opportunities for young writers to get their work critiqued by experts.

 

I just recently discovered The Writer’s Alley, but what a treasure trove! This is a blog that is a wonderful mash-up of authors in all walks of life and all seasons of stories. There is something for EVERYONE on there! I haven’t had a ton of time to go digging through archives, but the few posts I’ve read about time management have been wonderful.

 

 

This is also a new find for me thanks to my critique partner Abi, and I love it! The posts are a little shorter and more to the point than the first two blogs, which I sincerely appreciate! Lots of good stuff on this blog.

 

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What’s your favorite writing blog?

Life Sometimes

The past two weeks have been rather interesting. I hate using the excuse, “I’ve been busy” or “life is so crazy.” Because truly, my life is nothing compared to a lot of other people.

But it feels busy to me. It feels insane. It feels like I’m barely staying afloat half the time.

So what to do???

I don’t know. I have no idea. Wish I did.

But really, wouldn’t it be great to go back to being a kid just for one day? Think about it. No deadlines. No school. No laundry. No deadlines. No cleaning. No work. No deadlines. No jobs. No life-altering decisions. NOOOOO DEADLINESSSSSSS.

(I’m really hating deadlines right now.)

Some days I feel on top of the world. Other days, I eat an entire package of Oreos. By myself. *hides face*

Then there are the days when I play this song over and over and over and over again:

(Isn’t it relaxing? I loves this song so much.)

 

All that to say, I don’t have a decent blog post this week. (shocker, I know.) I wanted to, but that just didn’t happen. So instead, I delved into my Pinterest boards and found things that make me laugh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Soooo….how is your week going?? Any Oreo-induced stomachaches yet??? *points to self*

The Very Awesome Vlog Challenge # 4 / / Feb-April

It’s time for a new batch of questions! (Wondering what the VAVC is? Check out this page and watch the vlog there to learn more!)

Questions for #4, Feb-April Challenge:

  1. What is one of your favorite quotes?
  2. What book on your shelf has the most amazing cover?
  3. What is one book releasing in 2017 you are super excited about?

 

Also, I’m adding something to the challenge:

Whoever adds their vlog to the linker-upper on the VAVC page is automatically entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card! How cool is that?!? (I mean…Amazon. Books. Yumminess. :) )

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Martin Hospitality by Abigayle Claire / / Blog Tour

GUYSSSSSS!!!! Guess what?? My good friend and AMAZING critique partner is releasing her very first book!! I’m so excited for her. And for the world. This book is so wonderful. Just…ahhhhhhh. The feeellllllsssssss!!!!!

 

Just look at that stunning cover!!!! The watercolor is just absolutely perfect for the story. *squeals*

 

Synopsis:

Gemma Ebworthy is eighteen, pregnant, and alone. Now that she’s been evicted, she spends the night in a barn, never dreaming that tomorrow could bring kindness of a life-changing magnitude.

The Martins aren’t a typical family—even for rural Kansas. With more kids than can be counted on one hand and a full-time farm, Gemma must make a lot of adjustments to fit in. But despite their many differences, Gemma finds herself drawn to this family and their radical Christian faith.

When Gemma’s past collides with her yet again, she must begin revealing her colorful history. With every detail Gemma concedes, she fears she will lose the Martins’ trust and the stable environment she desires for herself and her unborn child. Just how far can the Martins’ love and God’s forgiveness go?

 

My Review:

Miss Abigayle’s writing style has an old-fashioned feel to it that absolutely sucks you into the story while giving you the warm fuzzies. I loved how well-rounded the characters were (EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM!!!) and how I could relate to each one in different dimensions. Even the “villain” character…I felt so sorry for him. Maybe I shouldn’t, because I didn’t like him and I wanted to hug him all at the same time, but…. Wow. It’s rare for me to find a book I enjoyed this much. While Martin Hospitality isn’t exactly what could be considered an “edge of your seat adventure”, it certainly holds its own in a world full of YA adventure novels. This is the kind of story that you want to curl up with and forget life’s problems for a few hours. I am SO EXCITED for book two!!!

 

About the Author:

Abigayle has been inspired to write since she could spell her own name. Her passion wasn’t completing the stories (she did that twice and decided it wasn’t for her), it was jotting down the ideas.
But in 2015, a story grabbed her—one she had to finish. Inspired by a crazy dream in a genre she no longer reads, Abigayle set off on a journey to write her first novel and she hasn’t looked back since.
Writing is her ministry, freelance editing her job, and reading her pastime—all of which prove that God really does know what He’s doing when He inspires a 6-year-old with a pencil in her left hand.

 

 

Don’t forget to enter her giveaway!