spoiler alert! i'm going to be soliciting your book recommendations so stick around like a bug on fly paper!
3 WAYS SOCIAL MEDIA CAN HELP EXPLODE YOUR LIBRARY
#bookstagram is no joke. With nearly 1o,ooo,ooo entries on Instagram, there are TONS of folks linked together in the grand game of gramming books. & a lot of those pictures give me book-envy. Because really, do we pick up new books solely by their synopsis? No. No, we do not. Book blurbs are universally obnoxious creatures to create, & most of the time they do the book NO justice. It's sad. Sad, but true.
APPEARANCES ARE IMPORTANT. You may wish it was otherwise, but it is not. Author note: I've lost track of the times people have expressed surprise over the cover of my novel Plenilune because "it doesn't look like it was self-published!" THAT'S THE KEY, FOLKS. That's the key...
okay, but why is social media important for your tbr list? i'm glad you asked. i'm glad you asked...
1. IT'S FREE + BEAUTIFUL MARKETING
**Angel choir.** I go on Instagram & discover gorgeous #flatlays of books that are basically completely free eye-candy. Some of these grammers are super good at photography. Am I a sucker for good photos? Yes. Yes, I am. Am I going to be interested in a book based on it's cover + arrangement in the photo? Yes to that, too. ("sign me up for the NEXT book club!" )
2. YOU MEET NEW NOVELS
Bee tee dubs, I had never heard of V. E. Schwab until @emileighlatham + @paperfury gushed about her on Instagram. Cue me, scrounging around our local library website for a copy of Vicious - which took an age to come in but cOME IN IT DID & guess what I'm really enjoying it. BOOM. Wouldn't have heard about this author except for the world's new marketing platform, Instagram.
3. YOU WANT TO SHARE #BOOKSWAG
("I said 'bookswag.' I said 'bookswag,' Sam.") Am I susceptible to the allure of sharing flatlays of my newfound novels on Instagram? I totally am. Social observation note: people who enjoy a book REALLY LIKE IT when you get that book too + start reading it. When you tag them, link them, shout out to them that you're reading in their textsteps, they get really excited + BOOM a community is born. It's an introvert-friendly community, too, so that's double the awesome.
#bookstagrammers i follow@thatjennyfreitag (wait a sec...)
your quest, should you choose to accept it, is
- a:: comment below with bookstagrammers you follow + love!
- b:: comment below with book recommendations for me + the other penslayer readers!
thanks so much for reading. see you soon!xoxo, jenny