By: Elizabeth S. Craig
For years I’ve had the attitude that I was best connecting with readers through my stories. I still feel like that’s true. They’re getting a glimpse inside my head, inside my sense of humor, inside the way I see the world and other people through the books that I write.
For years, also, I’ve struggled with other methods of connecting with my readers in a natural way. Facebook didn’t (still doesn’t) feel natural to me. On other social media, I set up shop to connect with other writers. (If you ever want to find other writers to connect with on social media, just follow my Twitter followers).
Over a year ago, I decided to make more of an effort to connect with my readers. I had a few ideas for doing this, having been listening to writer podcasts and reading a good number of blog posts on the subject.
One thing that I did was to get on Wattpad. Wattpad is an international community of readers. Writers (as a best practice) upload chapters serially, once a week. Readers, primarily on mobile devices, comment inline on stories, remarking on what interests them, amuses them, scares them, etc. It creates a very natural setting for conversation between author and reader. At first, it was a little new and uncomfortable for me, but I gradually came to enjoy the interaction there.
I also tried to be more approachable on Goodreads…
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