Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Surefire Way for Writers to Fail at Social Media by DiAnn Mills

DiAnn Mills
A writer focuses his efforts on every task of this wonderful world of publishing. It’s a mix of the craft, social media, marketing, promotion, and meeting reader needs. For many, Social Media is met with groans, excuses, and do-I-have-to?

This blog post is to help you succeed not fail at social media.

Non-responsive is the biggest culprit that contributes to social media failure. The list below is short and simple. But if you’re guilty of any of the following, now is the time to mend your ways.

Writers who don’t take the time to thank, address, or value those who comment on our blog. These people are the ones who support us. They’ve taken the time to read our blog and type a response.

Writers who don’t respond to e-mails. I’m not talking about junk and spam. But I am referring to readers who contact you with a question. If the message is critical, then form a gracious response. If the sender is requesting for you to perform a service, then respond appropriately.

Writers who ignore comments on Facebook. No matter what is posted on your personal or author page, the sender deserves a “like” at a minimum. Be creative and allow that person to know you appreciate the time spent in composing a message.

Writers who don’t check Goodreads. If your blog is linked to your Goodreads Page, are you responding to those who comment?

Writers who ignore new Twitter followers. When you receive a new follower, do you take time to address them personally and thank them for the follow? Do you search for a post on the follower’s page that you can like or share? Do you read the new follower’s bio and make a comment?

Writers who fail to message and thank new followers on Instagram.

The one way to end your social media success is to do nothing when others are curious and inquisitive. Let’s help each other.

How do you manage your social media comments?
About the Author
DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is co-director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and The Author Roadmap with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at www.diannmills.com.
Deep Extraction
by DiAnn Mills

Deep Extraction


A pacemaker should have saved oil and gas magnate Nathan Moore’s life. Instead, it provided his killer with a perfect means of execution. Special Agent Tori Templeton teams up with US Marshall Cole Jeffers to investigate Nathan’s murder and whether it’s connected to a recent bombing at one of Nathan’s oil rigs. The closer they get to finding the killer, and to each other, the more intent someone is in silencing them for good.


  1. I love this post, DiAnn! And yes, the main reason people make social contact with authors is to connect with them.

    I'm so bad about forgetting to check all my social networks. I've got email notifications for most of them, but even so, some of them fall through the cracks (Goodreads, for example).

    Thanks for the comprehensive list!

    1. Hi Angie, thanks for commenting. Cultivating relationships takes time, and it's so easy for us to get busy and slip.

  2. I love this post, DiAnn! I am still learning about social media. So every article I find, I devour. I have a question. When you post an article by another author and someone retweets your post, do you thank them for the retweet, even though it isn't your article? Or do you wait for the original author to do it?

    1. Hi Gail, great question! Actually I don't respond if I didn't create the post. But if the follower liked it, I respond with a "like" or "heart" to let them know I value the retweet.

  3. DiAnn, great post. My question (only partly serious) is how do you find time to do all that and still write? Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Richard, it takes me about 30 minutes to complete social media. At night, while rechecking e-mail, I will respond to others then. That takes about 15 minutes. :)

  4. Thanks, DiAnn! I try to respond to everything, but your article confirmed the value in taking time to acknowledge every question or comment, no matter how brief.

    1. Thanks, Dawn! When others take the time to read whatever we're writing, they deserve our thanks.

  5. I love connecting with people through social media and take time to respond. You end up with 'friends' all over and often can gain great insights from their insights as well. Thanks for the reminder DiAnn!


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