As an author, you know how important it is to constantly connect with your fans and followers. The social media experts here at Web Design Relief know that making strong connections is the best way to grow your author platform. With all the rapid changes happening with social media, you might think that Facebook has become old news. The fact is that over a billion people use Facebook daily! So it makes sense to maintain an active presence on this social media platform.
But sooner or later, you’ll probably find yourself too busy multitasking or hitting a big wall of writer’s block—and you won’t have any ideas for your next Facebook post. You need inspiration—fast.
Check out these 40 Facebook post ideas to get your creativity flowing again:
- Ask for book recommendations.
- Post a photo of an early page of your manuscript-in-progress (no spoilers!) as a teaser.
- Post a photo of your to-be-read pile and ask others to post theirs.
- Post photos of your oddest research books (on poisons, medieval privies, Roman road-building, etc.).
- Keep track of your writing progress and post word or page counts every morning or evening.
- Share a positive review about your work.
- Share a positive review about the work of a colleague.
- Recommend a colleague’s book in a short Facebook video.
- Post a photo of your favorite reading nook.
- Share visual details about one of your books. These could include details of setting, character, costume, or props, either through a Pinterest page or individual photos.
- Check out this National Day calendar and comment on the day’s options.
- Post your favorite inspirational or literary quote.
- Ask: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
- Ask: What’s your favorite book of all time?
- Ask: What’s your favorite television series of all time?
- Ask people to post images of their favorite rock band, country singer, or opera diva.
- Post a baby picture of yourself and ask others to share theirs.
- Post a picture of your writing space with commentary, such as “This is where I get my best ideas.”
- Post a photo of your pet, or someone else’s pet, or a pet you’d like to have.
- Post a photo of an odd-looking cloud, a new blooming flower, sun coming through tall trees, or a duck on a pond.
- Play with GIFs: Ask your followers to describe their day in a GIF.
- Ask your followers to post what they’re doing in a GIF.
- Ask your followers to type their name in the GIF bar and post the first GIF that comes up.
- Ask your followers to show their spirit animal in a GIF.
- Take a poll to tease your fans into engagement: Paper or plastic? Seat up or down? Coffee or tea? Beer or bourbon? Cake or pie? Beards or clean-shaven? Hemingway or Fitzgerald? Austen or Brontës?
- Confess your teenage movie-star crush and ask your followers to confess theirs.
- Ask your followers to describe their life/day/job/family in one, two, or three words.
- Post something from your bucket list and encourage fans to respond with something from theirs.
- Ask philosophical questions: “If you could be any age, what age would that be?” “If you could go back to school, what subject would you study?” “If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?” “If you could live anywhere, where would you go?”
- Ask your followers what their book clubs are reading.
- Ask variations of the question “What is your favorite…” Options may include: favorite rainy day activity, meal, color, time of day, etc.
- Post an odd or hilarious photo and ask folks to caption it.
- Post photos of the most amazing bookstores and libraries from around the world.
- Post photos of places you’d love to visit.
- Thank your fans and followers and tell them how you appreciate all the reviews they’ve written for your books (a subtle reminder to post more!).
- Ask your followers what other genres they read besides yours.
- Ask your followers to share their favorite children’s book.
- Ask your followers which book format they enjoy most: hardcover, paperback, audiobooks, and/or e-books?
- Ask your followers if they prefer to read e-books on their phone, a tablet, a dedicated e-reader, or on their desktop or laptop computer.
- Share with your followers some ideas you have for future books.
Facebook is all about building connections by sharing and caring, so make sure to like and respond to all comments to keep the conversation going. It’s likely that all that engagement will fire you up and spark new ideas for Facebook posts that’ll inspire your followers and attract more fans.
Question: What kind of Facebook posts have inspired the most engagement on your page?