We all have our favorite child when it comes to social media: I have a Facebook page (along with a group I haven’t had a chance to play with), a Twitter account, a Snapchat I open once a month or so, plus Goodreads and my beloved blog…but my true love is Instagram. Photography has been a passion of mine for a long time, and I love the (kinda) straightforward nature of it, so I decided to make Instagram my #1 focus when it came to social media and Twintype Books (username: twintypebooks).
Being a bookish-type person (both writers and readers) poses a particular challenge when you decide to make a dedicated Instagram account. My account is devoted 100% to my books, reviews of other’s books, book-y things like the newest Scribbler box (OMG!), book signing events, etc. There is absolutely no personal content (and by that, I mean having nothing to do with books) on my account. It’s truly a business account dedicated solely to a) marketing Twintype Books and b) connecting with a community I love. I took an online Instagram class that I truly attribute to cleaning up my act, and I was off! One thing I didn’t know about were the challenges that face all us book fiends on IG.
If I were a makeup artist, the potential for a variety in photos is endless. Same goes for wedding photography, people traveling the world, foodies, and of course anyone who owns/is owned by an adorable pet.
As an author, though, I really have to think, not just for subject matter, but for subject matter that fits my account’s aesthetic (for those of you out there laughing at the idea of an author’s IG aesthetic, believe me, it makes a difference!). I have two books published with a novella coming out in a month or so. That’s pretty limiting, especially for my quote photos where I have to be careful not to post any spoilers.
I hope at some point in the future to get into #bookstagraming, because damn some of those folks are truly artists, and I admire them greatly. Sadly for me, almost all of my books are in storage since we’re going to be selling our house soon.
So in the meantime, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and planning. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned this on the blog, but my day job is as a departmental trainer…when you start a new job at our company, I’m the one that teaches you how to do that job. I love to teach, I’m currently helping one of my coworkers get on her feet on IG with her business, and it got me thinking: I’m going to put together a free easy basic lesson that is just for Authors/Writers/Readers, specifically for Instagram (that is, a dedicated page like mine, not a personal page that occasionally references reading/writing). If it goes well, I may put together a more in-depth course, but we’ll see how the first one goes.
Are you currently on Instagram? If so, feel free to follow me, I always follow passionate book lovers back and I do a lot of commenting on people’s posts as well. If you’re not a book lover but would like to swap follows, just comment on one of my pics that you’re a TTB.com reader and I’ll follow you…same goes if your account is private, I don’t normally follow private accounts unless I’m given a heads-up. FAIR WARNING: if you’re of the obnoxious follow/unfollow school of IG-ing, please don’t bother because I will promptly unfollow you right back and you’ve wasted your time.
Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are about dedicated author/reader accounts on Instagram. And, if you’re reading this on a computer, just pick up your phone and aim the camera at (or you may have to snap a pic of) the QR code below…it should take you directly to my Instagram page on the app. I’m looking forward to getting to know you all better over there!