Happy Friday, Readers!
Today I wanted to talk about social media. This morning I woke up early and saw so many female’s profile pics showing tons of cleavage. This sadly, grosses me out. I mean, yea, it’s your page and you can do as you will, but what are you REALLY portraying by putting yourself out there like that? Anyway, that’s what made me have this topic for today. But, I want to discuss how it can affect your writing career. Now, as a writer, we depend on social media for everything! I’m going to talk about the Do’s and Don’t’s of social media in MY opinion. Now that I have a manager for my writing, I have and we discussed it collectively the content that goes on my page now.
First things first Facebook…
I had over 2,000 FB friends and now I’m at a whopping 870 friends. Why? Okay, I’ll tell you. My ultimate goal is to write for a company or network. I have said this before many times in my blog. It can be writing for TV, Screenwriting, even copywriting. Okay, back to my point, so, I want to be a professional as I can on my Facebook page. I delete people who don’t interact with me at all on some level. Plus, if you have content on your page that I’m not okay with, I will remove you as a friend also. It’s about putting yourself out there in a professional manner. Employers, producers, or even directors may want to look on my page and see what my content is like. I know it’s not right, but they can judge me based off of my social media.
1. Write quality content that will engage conversation among your FB friends- For me I think this is important. Always writing good copy will help people not only learn more about you the person, but it’s great conversation also. I post about a lot of things, writing, funny stuff, and things that can be debated on.
2. Get to know other writers- I’m great with this. I have added a lot of writers (mostly screenwriters) on my page. I don’t add authors too much anymore on my page because I feel that authors need to add readers and not other authors. It’s nothing against them, but 9 times out of 10, I won’t purchase your work because I’m promoting mine, which leads to #3.
3. If you’re an author, promote your books- Yes, authors, this is your page, flaunt what you have! If you have a published book, let people know about it. Put it on your Facebook page about twice a day. Write content that has to do with your book. For example, when I was heavy into writing novels, I’d post a discussion question about something in my book such as cheating. One of my characters cheating on his spouse. I asked, ” Why do you think men cheat?” I had at least 30 comments. Once I felt the comments were enough, I them posted a link of my book with content that stated, ” See why the cheating happened in this book.” I got a few more sales off it.
4.Interacting- It’s great to interact with other people on your page. Ask them what movie they saw, or latest book they’ve read. I like to talk to FB friends who may not reach out often to me just to see how they are doing. Trust me, your lasting impression with them will be a good one.
5. Current Projects- I always talk about the current project that I’m working on. It not only keeps me motivated to finish it, but it lets other writers know, I’m always writing. I may motivate someone to get in gear with their projects.
6. Take advantage of the writing groups. Avoid the ones that have a lot of spam in it. You know the ones who just post their work a million times. I honesty, don’t join groups that have over 300 people in it. If a group has 6,000 or more people in it, I know I’m not going to do well in the group. It’s too crowded and everyone spams their “businesses” in the groups looking to make money instead of interacting about the craft of writing.
1. Social Media Drama- Don’t involve yourself in Facebook arguments. As a writer, it not only makes you look unprofessional, but you never know who is watching you. Remain professional at all times. There may be a producer who is currently reading your script and they just to happen to type your name, phone number or email address to find your page. If they see you involved in frivolous activities, they wont’ want to work with you. Next thing you know, they emailed you passing on your script and you have no reason why. But, they looked on your Facebook page and saw you arguing over something. ( People always watch when you don’t think they are).
2. Don’t post negative content- I know you may be thinking what’s negative content? Negative content is something like bashing another writer on your page or using profanity on a post. If people read the negativity, they will think this is how you are personally. I get that sometimes people like to post their frustrations ( I used to), but as a writer of many mediums, I want to be take seriously. Everything isn’t for everyone.
3. Don’t post revealing pics- Whether you are male or female, be careful with the pictures you post. No one wants to see a body part that should indeed be covered up. It makes you look bad. As a writer, sometimes our first impressions are our only impression on social media.
4. Don’t post unedited content- As a writer, it’s important for us to proof read our posts before we click send. I have to always remember to do this. Sometimes I’m in my zone and just click the button.
5. Don’t over promote your work- Once you promote something whether it’s a film or novel a couple times out of the day, let that be it. When you post your work too many times, it shows that you are desperate for sales, want badly to be paid attention to, and it just looks bad. It makes you look like a spammer instead of a writer. We writers don’t really like being in the lime light that much.
There isn’t many Do’s and Don’ts on Linkedin in my opinion because this is strictly a business site. It’s very different from Facebook. Most people know how to be professional on this site. But, I will say this, as a writer who joined many groups on LinkedIn, ALWAYS post discussions that have to do with the room’s name. For example, if it’s a writing room, you wouldn’t post about sports. I have done that a few times and my account was on probation.
1. Post good content- With Linkedin ALWAYS post good content. This site ANYONE can find you just by typing your name. You’re exposed to the world and can’t be private. Especially future employers, producers, directors, etc.
2. There are many executives, screenwriters, directors, and producers who are all on LinkedIn, trust me THEY will find you if they want you and look at your content. This site is VERY important for writers. But, BEWARE there are tons of scammers around. Well, on ALL social media sites, make sure you vet people. Ask your writing friends about someone, trust me, we writers we meet lots of people on social media sites, if a writer has been burned he/she will tell you.
3. Take advantage of the site- Mingle, add people in the industry, talk to them pick their brain as to how they got started. Did you know that jobs are even on this site, and the hiring managers are too!
4. Quality Content- On your profile page make it look very professional. Post your success’s and accomplishments. People will look and admire your success thus far and they may want to work with you. If you are a screenwriter, add your loglines to your completed screenplays. I have gotten tons of script requests because of it.
5. Be kind, professional, and NEVER argue on social media. It’s best to not say anything then to keep drama going. I can’t stress this one enough.
This one is tough. There are MANY Do’s and Don’ts that involve twitter. But, I know you have seen celebrities show you the don’ts. Kevin Hart, Mike Epps, The Kardashians, etc.
1. Never tweet negatively back and forth.
2. Tweet good content about writing and add hash tags where appropriate.
3. You only have 140 characters, use them for good.
4. Interact with your favorite authors, actors, directors, and producers. Everyone has a twitter account nowadays and they tweet back too.
5. If you want to contact people directly like a famous director or something, they have their contact info on their page. ( I used to talk to Syd Field ALL the time about screenwriting before he died.)
6. When it comes to followers, follow those who are doing what you want to do or better. Don’t get me wrong, I love my celebs, but there usually don’t respond back (very few do) and they don’t care about my writing career. They can’t help me anymore than the next person. Sure, they may can give you advice, but they won’t fund or take your script to their agent, etc. ( Maybe a few will if they are that nice). But, I have heard stories of writers making GREAT deals via twitter. A few people tweeted themselves to a book deal and someone even sold their script via twitter. Hey, it does happen. Be determined and keep your eyes on the prize! I deleted 500 followers who I don’t tweet too or have nothing to do with my career choice of writing. Now, they are some people I still follow because I support them. I follow very few authors on twitter because of the statement I mentioned above.
WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND WHAT KIND OF CONTENT DO YOU POST? LET’S TALK ABOUT IT BELOW IN THE COMMENTS