Are you making silly social media mistakes?
If you are new to self-publishing, you will have discovered that social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ amongst others are indispensable in getting the word out about your new book.
First of all, because they are free, and secondly because of the reach they have in attracting potential readers. But be careful not to make silly social media mistakes.
For those new to writing there is a very serious trap that many fall into without realising.
It is that proofreading is absolutely essential for everything you write, including online bios, Tweets, Facebook messages and blog posts.
There is nothing worse for your reputation as a writer than to commit the sin of making silly spelling mistakes, typos and simple grammatical errors within only a few words.
Every error loses potential readers because no one in their right mind would bother to follow you, let alone preview read your book if they see that you have made very basic grammar or spelling errors.
Every day I see new writers on Twitter and Facebook making the same silly (dumb) errors because they are in a hurry and don’t take the extra few seconds that are necessary to check what they are posting online.
Writing is not spelled, or spelt ‘writting‘, and there, their and they’re, and its and it’s are all very different words. Author is not spelled autor, and papeback looks silly when a letter is missing.
Although all of these common errors look stupid when pointed out, it is not through a writer’s bad spelling that the problem arises.
Take your time when writing, anything, anywhere.
It is in not taking the time to check and proofread what you write before posting online.
This is especially true of author bios.
The best way to prepare your author bio is in Word, and make sure it is (perfectly) correct before adding it to any new site.
In fact, the same advice goes for blog posts.
Proofreading is the only way to avoid making social media mistakes that can ruin your reputation.
I do a lot of online writing, and to help me make sure my writing is as accurate as possible, I use Grammarly, which alerts me to any errors I might make as I write within a browser on any website.
I call it my writing insurance.
If you are new to self-publishing, don’t shoot yourself in the foot in an instant by writing and posting in a hurry.
Slow down, check and check again before you possibly do damage to your reputation as a writer.
So, have you proofread all your online bios lately?