Personal branding, especially as a writer, is complicated, confusing, and—unfortunately—completely necessary. While your presence and brand online aren’t the only factors that contribute to your publishing dreams or successes, your personal brand does have a huge impact on how both readers and publishing professionals alike will see you. We’ll let you in on a little secret: you’re easy to find on the internet. And yes, we do check.
As social media continues to boom through today’s generation, businesses must use these platforms in order to market their own companies and organizations. But how exactly are these companies benefiting from their social media, and how do they know what to post that will further engage their followers? The answer is social media tools.
A good social media presence is like a pair of jeans—casual and versatile. Successful social media represents you/your company/your product in a serious way without taking itself too seriously. When establishing and maintaining a social media brand, there is a gradient where you can play in the space you’ve created. You don’t want to be stuffy (a pair of nicely-folded beige slacks), nor do you want to be too laid back (a ratty pair of old sweatpants). Your social media presence should be like jeans: whether you dress your posts up or down, they maintain some consistency and remain just the right fit.
As Ooligan Press’s social media manager, one of the most common questions I receive is how to best schedule social media posts. A post that is perfectly punchy and easily searchable is worth nothing if no one sees it. So many posts are filtered through social media managers that it’s impossible to post and schedule all of them by hand, so I recommend using a scheduling software to make your job easier.
Just having social media and posting occasionally isn’t enough. In order to garner engagement, you need to know who you are; you need to build a brand. Here are a few tips for cultivating and maintaining your brand in the publishing industry.
At the end of the day, my job is really about creating shareable, engaging content. By posting about Ooligan books long before and after they’re published, my goal is to start a discussion, to get people jazzed about our books.