The Pen Warriors Top Eleven: Social Media Advice Not Taken

86485341In January I took an on line social media course. It was an intense two weeks. So intense, the instructor has now decided to spread the same course over a month because there’s just so much to absorb. Social media is a huge, constantly morphing beast. Complicating everything is the fact that a platform that works today may not even exist tomorrow. So what’s a writer to do? Pick their way through the minefield, figure out what feels right and take some advice along the way. Or not!

Here are the top 11 pieces of social media advice the Pen Warriors have received . . . and NOT taken:

11. Don’t worry about spelling or grammar; be cute.

10. Be consistent.

9. Be a bot.

8. Learn . . . or like . . . Facebook.

7. Let anybody tag you anywhere – all exposure is good.

6. Promo our books every single tweet.

5. Schedule all tweets ahead of time. And I was especially glad I didn’t take this piece of advice on the day of the Newtown tragedy, because all those schedule tweets looked…unfeeling and out of place.

4. Have a glass of wine or three before tweeting; it’s a great way to loosen up.

3. Spam friends.

2. Have profiles everywhere; checking in isn’t necessary.

1. Use Foursquare to let people know where you are all the time, even if you’re getting a facial, at the dump or drinking at the bar.

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By the time she hit Grade Four, Laura Tobias knew she wanted to be a writer. So did the teachers. It was the persistent daydreaming and invisible friends that tipped them off. Since Laura grew up knowing no writers – and consequently didn’t know how to be one – she became a journalist instead. The trouble is, journalists are expected to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. But making stuff up is way more fun. So Laura traded one notebook for another and today she writes romance and women’s fiction. She lives on Vancouver Island with a pair of Shetland sheepdogs, her high school sweetheart (Mr. Petrol Head) and her son (Teen Freud). She’s also the award-winning author of 15 books for teens and children writing as Laura Langston: Also find her at and occasionally at

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  1. EC Sheedy
    EC Sheedy at | | Reply

    Number 8… I keep trying and forgetting how important Facebook is to all social media efforts. I think I’ve started and abandoned a Facebook page at least three times now. I’m just not, uh, “feeling it” yanno.

    (And I personally think that number 4 holds great promise. All things are fine with wine–especially accompanied by cyber cheese and thin twittery crackers.)

  2. Bonnie Edwards
    Bonnie Edwards at | | Reply

    Foursquare? I’ve heard of it, but that’s it! I doubt there’s room in the cranium for any more software lessons right now. If I crammed anything else in there, I’d lose some vital bit of information that I use in daily life…like how to sit and think at the same time. LOL

    We just got a new digital box for TV viewing…I had to leave the room when my dh tried explaining how to use it. It’s just too much sometimes. I’ve noticed him playing with the software by degrees, familiarizing himself with various features and I applaud him.

    But on the other hand, he doesn’t write and doesn’t need to know anything about social media.

    So he has room in his head to know all about television and digital boxes.

  3. Margaret Moore
    Margaret Moore at | | Reply

    I’ve decided I can’t do it all when it comes to social media, or I’d never get a book done while also having a life beyond the computer.

  4. Rachel
    Rachel at | | Reply

    Love the list, Laura! You made me laugh.

    The temptation to get a little tanked and then post about a trip to the compost pile must be mighty tempting when you’ve used all your creative juice to write, oh, say, a novel.

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