United House Publishing Team:
Engaging our readers: that is our primary focus. We’ve talked about how to pique our reader’s interest with creatively retelling a story and starting mid-action. Below is one great way we can create interaction between us and those who follow our social media pages or personal blog.
Why is this important? Those who follow our journey online will become those who purchase our book. Engage your audience now to develop a thriving author/reader relationship.
Readers want to know what exciting stories you have to tell as a writer.
Your audience wants to know where the action and why the story is significant to you, but also how it can relate to them.
When we are telling a story we need to keep these questions in mind:
- Who is the story about?
- What is the story?
- Where does the story take place?
- When does the story happen?
- Why is the story important for the reader to know?
- How did the story happen?
Ask a question to encourage discussion. Post regularly about life and your interests . . . and try to end your post whether on your blog or your social media page with a question.
This provides your readers with a chance to share their answers and be heard. It is also very important to respond to as many comments as you are able, even if it is a simple “like.” This shows that we are real, live people who care what our readers have to say and value their opinions!
To read more tips on generating more participation and engagement online, check out:
First Goal: Look through your current project and make sure you are engaging your audience. One way to connect with readers is retelling a personal experience. Be sure to add humor if you can, laughing always connects people. Now, take a second look at the stories you are sharing, and we want you to think outside the box. What can you adjust to make the reader feel like they were there when it happened?