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A Guide to My Current Author Platform

I want to follow up on some of the changes I announced to my author platform after coming back from Realm Makers 2018. Lately, I’ve been largely absent from the internet aside from the occasional Facebook event, in part because I’ve been working on preparations for my big relaunch at the end of October.

However, it’s also because I’ve come to realize that I’ve spread myself too thin on social media.

Don’t get me wrong–I love interacting with both my readers and my author friends. However, I need a system to balance that aspect of my career with the intense, time-consuming process of producing books. I’ve come to similar conclusions about blogging. I love doing it, but I have to make sure that it provides the greatest possible benefit to my business without taking up too much of my time.

All of this is not to say that I’m pulling out of social media and blogging completely. What I’m doing is creating a streamlined system that offers engagement to my readers while not infringing upon my ability to write and publish more books for them.

So, with that in mind, this post is a guide to how my internet stuff is going to work from here on out. I’ve touched on a lot of this already in my Realm Makers wrap-up, but I feel that I should explain it in more detail so my followers know exactly what to expect.

Here’s how I’ll be using each part of my online platform:

My Website/Blog

My blog posts will mainly revolve around book releases and related announcements, with the occasional feature thrown in here and there. My book reviews will mostly be shared to Goodreads and Amazon rather than in posts on this website (see the Goodreads section below). I do try to keep up with reader comments on my blog, though my replies may be late now and then depending on whether I'm in the middle of a big project.

Facebook

My reader Facebook group (called the Afterversity) is the best place to interact with me directly. I post there regularly and try to keep up with replies on a regular basis. If you’re a regular reader of my work, this is where you should go to get in touch with me. I don’t spend a lot of time on Facebook outside of this group, though, aside from attending certain book-related events and parties when I have the opportunity. I will post to my page when I have news to share, but I tend to prioritize replies in my group over those on my page.

Twitter

I’ll tweet in addition to posting on my Facebook page whenever I have a significant book release or other news item to share. I may not always be able to keep up with replies, mentions, or tags on a regular basis. If you promote my books in a tweet, rest assured that I greatly appreciate it, even if I don’t get around to replying to that tweet right away. I appreciate tags for various games or challenges as well, though I may not be able to participate.

Instagram

I won't be active on Instagram for the foreseeable future. It’s not the most useful platform for my purposes at the moment, since it doesn’t allow hyperlinks like Twitter and Facebook do. Eventually, I may reach the point where I’m producing enough image-based content to justify a consistent Instagram presence, but for now, I’m putting my posts there on hold.

Goodreads

This is where I’ll be posting book reviews, in addition to putting them on Amazon. I probably won’t be doing a blog post version of every book review going forward. That has no bearing on how much I enjoyed the book. Sometimes my reviews are just too short to warrant an entire blog post. Also, limiting the number of places where I have to copy, paste, and format reviews gives me the time to write more reviews in the first place.

Wattpad

I’ve unpublished my selection of Wattpad novels and stories, since I'm going to release them exclusively through Kindle Unlimited. For the time being, my Wattpad account will stay largely dormant, aside from the times when I get a chance to read and comment on the works of other authors.

Here are the main things I want you, my friends, readers, and customers, to take away from all of this:

  • Though I am cutting back on social media, my intention is not to be literally anti-social. I’m just managing my time a little more cautiously than before. I’ve formed many wonderful friendships online, and I value them highly. If you’re a close friend of mine, we probably already chat regularly through email or direct messaging, so this new approach of mine won't have any effect on our friendship.
  • If we’re connected on social media and something significant happens in your life, chances are I will either see your posts about it on social media late or not at all. I really don’t spend much time scrolling through social media feeds these days, so to avoid awkwardness or offense, just assume that I haven’t heard your news. If there’s something you specifically want me to know about, good or bad, feel free to email me.
  • In the same vein, I generally catch up on the blogs I follow quite late, and as a result, I don’t always comment on them. So a lack of comments from me doesn’t mean that I’m not reading your posts or enjoying your blog. However, as with social media posts, if there’s something important you’ve announced on your blog that you want me to know about, contact me directly to let me know.
  • If you reply to my public tweets or Facebook posts, I may either reply late or not at all. Don’t take it personally. It probably just means I didn’t see the reply. I do keep up with emails, blog comments, and posts/replies in the Afterversity Facebook group regularly, so if you want a response, use one of those avenues to get in touch.
  • Until further notice, I am not accepting new beta-reading or advance-reading requests. This does not apply to you if I’ve already promised to read your book (even if your book isn’t finished yet), or if I’ve been writing regular reviews of a series you’re publishing. If that’s the case, just email me a reminder when your project is ready so we can nail down a more exact timeline.
  • In general, if there's a project of any sort that you've discussed with me for some point in the future, check in with me to make sure I can still participate. Due to some personal/family concerns, my to-do list has gotten away from me, and I've had to reboot it from scratch, so some items on it may have fallen through the cracks. I don't want to leave you hanging and mess up your schedule if there's something I promised to do for you at some future date but can no longer manage.

If you have any questions, share them in the comments below, or get in touch with me via email–I’ll be happy to answer them. Thanks for your patience and your understanding! And keep an eye out for some exciting announcements over the coming weeks.

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Comments (7)

Aww, and I was going to have you write and post a 4-part essay for multiple platforms on the importance of including more vampire aardvarks in self-published fiction by next Thursday. 😉

Prioritizing is so vital to balance. Without balance, we will literally fall over. So, cut back where you’ve got to cut back, and join in more when you can. (And remember I’m available if you need to vent or just ramble.)

Ha ha!!! That actually sounds like a very fun essay… *smacks self* No, no, get back on target…

I really appreciate your support! It’s always a great encouragement to know that you’re there to talk to. 😀

This all sounds like a great plan! I’ve been thinking about social media a lot myself lately. It kind of sucks up ALL my time, leaving me barely any time to actually, ya know, WRITE and pursue my writing career…not exactly ideal. So I’ve been trying to figure out ways to balance everything. I think your plans to cut back some is a good call, though I do enjoy all your posts! But, yeah, I totally get it.

I hope things will settle for you some! And if you ever have any prayer requests, don’t hesitate to ask! My entire family has health issues and it seems like there’s always SOMETHING hectic going on around here. Lol. So I understand how stressful things can get!

That’s so kind; thank you!! I will be praying for your family as well. And I agree; it’s so easy for our time to get hijacked by social media, even though we understandably love using it to spend time with our writer friends and connect with potential readers. I gotta say, though, so far, I’m a lot happier now that I’m not checking notifications multiple times throughout the day. I feel like I can still maintain my connections with my fellow authors without being quite so immersed in the social media sphere. However, I don’t regret the greater amount of time I devoted to social media towards the beginning of my author career, since I needed the encouragement from things like author Twitter to learn how to stay committed and get things done. Every so often, we just need to re-evaluate our time management and figure out the best way forward, even if it means making some changes.

This all sounds great, Kyle! I’ve been thinking about this a lot as well. Actually bought a planner that breaks down the days by 15 minutes, by half-hours, by 45 minutes and by hours. Might be micromanaging myself a little too much, but I know I have more time than I think. It’s just cluttered with stuff.
Really hoping things start to calm down for you. My mom has had health problems for a couple years due to a botched surgery and she’s currently planning my sister’s wedding, so I understand about hectic life.
I’m gonna echo Christine and say that if you need prayer for anything, anything at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Thank you so much! I really appreciate it, and I will be praying for you and your family as well.

That planner sounds like a great idea! I don’t think there’s anything wrong with micro-managing where time is concerned, given how easy it is to get derailed and how much we can improve our productivity with a few simple changes. We need to be really protective of our time, even if we scare our family and pets in the process. XD

Thank you, Kyle! I really appreciate your prayers.
I will continue to pray for you and your family as well.

-Julia Garcia

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