Been thinking lately of ways I can connect with more readers outside of my blog and Twitter. It's difficult for nearly all writers as obviously not many of us have the power of a big publisher behind us to take care of the marketing. Plus if people don't know you've got a new book (or an older one for that matter), they're not going to be reading it, are they? But then there's the question of time. I need to write the books that I then edit, rewrite and polish before submitting them to publishers. I also need to take care of my 9-5, eat, sleep, relax, see my wife on occasion (ditto friends and family) and switch off - just like anyone else. And let's not forget the time spent online already researching potential markets or blogging and tweeting.
But like I say, we don't all have one of the big boys in terms of publishers to pimp our books so I'm thinking about sorting out a newsletter or maybe having a go at Instagram (which struck me as a strange idea for a tool for a writer when I read about it the other day but apparently I'm behind the times). I did have a Facebook page, but frankly, it was pointless. Each post reached an average of about twelve people even though a few hundred people liked my page, so unless you're paying for it or you have several thousand people who give a monkey's, it seems like a waste of time to me.
Like most writers, I'm more about the actual writing rather than any social side which is probably why it took me so long to start a blog and join Twitter. Odd thing, both are more fun than I expected. Once again, it's just a question of finding the time.
So, anyone up for seeing a newsletter from me every couple of months? Or seeing what sort of rubbish I can post on Instagram? Let me know here or on Twitter and I'll look into it in more detail.
10/09/2017 - Edited To Add: I joined Instagram last night. You can see me here - My instagram