Tuesday, 5 November 2013

The train now arriving at platform #1...

Do you want to leap on board the train of literary fame and fortune?
As more and more opportunities for social connection spring up on the internet, building a writers platform – the place from where you are supposed to launch yourself onto the train of literary fame and fortune – has never been easier. And as an Indie writer, you need to nurture this platform and wave attractively from it, because if people love you, they're going to buy your books, right?

But what is attractive?

Some people will tell you it’s all about being yourself, being real, and enjoying the interactions you have with people you’ve never met, and never will. Others will tell you it’s all about selling - your books, yourself and your soul. And plenty of folk will tell you to be generous and promote others ten times more often than you promote yourself.          
Is this you?
I can’t tell you which of these is right. What works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. But what I can tell you is that if you are a slave to your social media platforms, rather than climbing on board the train of literary fame and fortune you may well discover a dreadful inclination to throw yourself under it.

You are not alone!

Doctors in the UK are currently treating writers on a daily basis for the following conditions.

SMF – Social Media Fatigue – a common problem, refers to a tendency to pull back from social media when you become overwhelmed.  

MOPS – Multiple Online Personality Syndrome – occurs when you spread yourself too thinly across different platforms.

CBBC – Can’t be Bothered Condition – often sets in when you join a new network and you have the dilemma of whether or not to befriend the same people and post the same posts or whether to make new friends and find new content… and really, like, life is short, you know? Can you actually be bothered?

So what is the answer? After extensive research I have discovered this 5 point plan works every time.

1.      Turn off your computer
2.      Read a book by another Indie Author
3.      Write a review for another Indie Author
4.      Send some fan mail to another Indie Author
5.      Go to bed, feeling like a better human being,

Next day, you should be totally over your social media fatigue, plus you’ll have something of value to update all your followers about.

If you been affected by this post, please leave a comment below. Thank you.


  1. Ha! I've definitely suffered from all of the above at some time or other. Right, off to read and review someone's work then... thanks for making me smile on a dreary afternoon!

    1. Thanks, Clair. Hope you enjoyed your break from social media. :)

  2. Great advice, it's not like social media will disappear while your computer is turned off.


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