1. You might land a movie deal or an animated special like me! It all started with a tweet!
2. Your book might get noticed by a famous store like Pottery Barn Kids who wants to sell it!
Click here to see! I found out when Penguin Kids tagged me on Instagram! And this weekend I have to make a video for them!
3. Librarians and book reviewers want to tag you as they showcase your book. This happens to me mostly on Instagram.
4. You meet incredible people--writers, readers, bloggers, agents, editors, etc...
5. You find your tribe. (See #4) Those with common interests and passions will follow each other! For example, author Linda Sue Park put together Kibooka (Kids' Books by Korean Americans & Korean Diaspora) in which we knew of each other via social media.
6. You find ideas for books. The Ocean Calls started with a tweet. I love Twitter!
7. You might find your agent. (Again, like I said in #6, it all started with a tweet. I found my agent via Twitter.)
8. Your publisher wants to promote & tag you.
9. You can inspire others, and they will inspire you.
10. People care. As I've gone through the past few months having breast cancer surgery & radiation, many have reached out via social media offering encouragement, prayers, and thoughts.
So there you have it. My 10 reasons why writers should be on social media. And during the pandemic and when I lived overseas, being online with others has really helped with that missing social piece!
I'm thankful to God for all of you and for His blessings so far this year!
Tina M. Cho, children's author
I'm a children's author and freelance writer for the educational market. Welcome!