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40 Easy-Peasy Facebook Post Ideas For When Your Well Runs Dry | Web Design Relief

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:

  1. Ask for book recommendations.
  2. Post a photo of an early page of your manuscript-in-progress (no spoilers!) as a teaser.
  3. Post a photo of your to-be-read pile and ask others to post theirs.
  4. Post photos of your oddest research books (on poisons, medieval privies, Roman road-building, etc.).
  5. Keep track of your writing progress and post word or page counts every morning or evening.
  6. Share a positive review about your work.
  7. Share a positive review about the work of a colleague.
  8. Recommend a colleague’s book in a short Facebook video.
  9. Post a photo of your favorite reading nook.
  10. 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.
  11. Check out this National Day calendar and comment on the day’s options.
  12. Post your favorite inspirational or literary quote.
  13. Ask: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
  14. Ask: What’s your favorite book of all time?
  15. Ask: What’s your favorite television series of all time?
  16. Ask people to post images of their favorite rock band, country singer, or opera diva.
  17. Post a baby picture of yourself and ask others to share theirs.
  18. Post a picture of your writing space with commentary, such as “This is where I get my best ideas.”
  19. Post a photo of your pet, or someone else’s pet, or a pet you’d like to have.
  20. Post a photo of an odd-looking cloud, a new blooming flower, sun coming through tall trees, or a duck on a pond.
  21. Play with GIFs: Ask your followers to describe their day in a GIF.
  22. Ask your followers to post what they’re doing in a GIF.
  23. Ask your followers to type their name in the GIF bar and post the first GIF that comes up.
  24. Ask your followers to show their spirit animal in a GIF.
  25. 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?
  26. Confess your teenage movie-star crush and ask your followers to confess theirs.
  27. Ask your followers to describe their life/day/job/family in one, two, or three words.
  28. Post something from your bucket list and encourage fans to respond with something from theirs.
  29. 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?”
  30. Ask your followers what their book clubs are reading.
  31. Ask variations of the question “What is your favorite…” Options may include: favorite rainy day activity, meal, color, time of day, etc.
  32. Post an odd or hilarious photo and ask folks to caption it.
  33. Post photos of the most amazing bookstores and libraries from around the world.
  34. Post photos of places you’d love to visit.
  35. 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!).
  36. Ask your followers what other genres they read besides yours.
  37. Ask your followers to share their favorite children’s book.
  38. Ask your followers which book format they enjoy most: hardcover, paperback, audiobooks, and/or e-books?
  39. 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.
  40. 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?

The Lazy Writer’s Social Media Cheat Sheet

You have a looming writing deadline…calls to return…groceries to buy…kids to tuck in…etc., etc., etc. But wait—don’t forget your social media updates—a vital part of your author platform! If you need some quick-fix ideas for your social media posts (including your Facebook author page), don’t panic! We’ve put together some “instant” post ideas just for writers. Put your own spin on these fill-in-the-blank ideas to really make these ideas yours!

Note: Social media posts have more impact when paired with compelling images—so feel free to add your own photos.

Especially For Writers: Instant Update Ideas For Your Social Media

Remember when we used to dress like this? Or was it just me?

Our favorite tradition for the upcoming holiday: ____. What are your plans?

Amazing recipe for ___. Pics attached! Try not to drool on the screen.

Am so grateful for ___ today.

Went to ___ last night. Loved it!

Anyone see [name of movie] yet? Should I get a ticket?

File this one under: What my [type of pet] did today.

Here’s a dose of cuteness from my house to yours.

Just got back from [museum/concert/reading/etc.]. So lucky to have been there!

I love the book cover for ____. What do you think?

Is there a day that could not be improved by the addition of [name of book/name of character]?

Am rereading ___ for the Xth time. What books do you regularly reread?

___ is the scariest villain in all of literature, if you ask me. What antagonist do you love to hate?

Wish I could disappear for a day into [title]. Anyone want to join?

Book recommendations wanted. What have you read recently that you liked?

Just finished reading ___. Now I have to ____.

I love this quote for booklovers.

This ___ is just what every booklover needs (hint hint!).

This is my dream bookshelf. [add an image]

I wish I could live here and read forever. [add an image]

Congrats to my favorite author, ___, for ____.

Finished X pages today! Time for ___.

The best thing about being a writer is ____.

I have a little free time tonight. Should I read or write? What do you think?

A cup of __ and an hour for writing. Does life get better?

Writing went ___ today.

Not in the mood for writing. Usually I ___. But it’s not working. Suggestions?

I love this writer gear. [add an image]

Want more ideas for your author marketing campaign? Check out our list of 40 blog post topic ideas for writers!

QUESTION: Which ones on this list are you most likely to use?

Post This, Not That: Social Media Edits That Make A Huge Difference

Want to know how to improve the response rate and reach of your Twitter tweets and your posts on your author Facebook page? Our social media experts are here to share key insights about how to write posts  and tweets that will engage readers, build fans, and boost your reputation as a writer!

Post This, Not That: Tips For Writing Effective, Share-Worthy Tweets and Facebook Posts

Original: What do you like to write with?

Edit: Which is better, pencil or pen?

Why It Works Better Now: We’ve used a simplified example here to make the point that asking “multiple choice” questions can generate a bigger response than asking open-ended questions. When people are multitasking by viewing Facebook on smartphone screens, they’re not focused enough—and may not have the time—to offer an answer that requires a lot of thought. Provide your fans and followers with a choice of answers so they can easily interact with you! Questions should be easy, direct, and able to be answered immediately.

That said, there’s no need to take this suggestion as a rigid rule; sometimes, you should ask open-ended questions to generate lively discussions—when the topic calls for it. But if it is possible to use “multiple choice” phrasing, consider that option.

 

Original: I love reading while on vacation. #reading #vacation

Edit: Enjoying the sunshine and reading a great book. Does life get any better?

Why It Works Better Now: Most people know that it’s dangerous to say you’re on vacation—so if you can help it, don’t. And if you must say you’re on vacation, follow these social media vacation safety tips.

Social Media Secret: Research suggests that while hashtags are wildly popular on Twitter, they don’t resonate as strongly on Facebook.

 

Original: Just got out of work. What a crummy day.

Edit: Just got out of work. So glad this day is over! Bubble bath, here I come.

Why It Works Better Now: Tweets and posts that embrace a positive attitude tend to resonate better with audiences than those that are negative. So if you want to post about your bad day, feel free. But try to do so with thoughts of silver linings. Learn more about Facebook etiquette.

 

Original: My new book is out! I’m so excited that I just made the bestseller list. Go me!

Edit: My new book just made the bestseller list. I could really use your help to spread the word. If my book [link below] sounds interesting to you or someone you know, will you share it? Thanks for celebrating with me!

Why It Works Better Now: Sure, our edit is a little on the long side, but where the original post sounds like bragging, the edit gets the same information across with more humility. Where the first post sounds like Facebook advertising and makes readers unsure of how to respond, the second offers a clear directive for what to do next.

Social Media Secret: There are conflicting philosophies about posting calls to action on Facebook. Some people claim that Facebook algorithms penalize posts that use phrases such as “please like this post.” But marketing experts continue to stress the importance of giving your audience a clear directive. Experiment to decide if the trade-off may be worth it to you.

 

Original: The news that came out about [author name here] last week is so crazy!

Edit: I’m so excited about [author’s name]’s new book coming out next week. I will be standing in line at the bookstore, for sure!

Why It Works Better Now: The first post is vague and outdated. On social media, five minutes is the equivalent of a century! The revised post is specific and offers a positive spin that anticipates exciting news (and for some readers, it might even be new information). People love sharing “new” news.

Want To Write Better Social Media Posts? Think Like A Writer

Writing is a two-step process: First, you generate ideas (without limitation or censure). Then you tap into the analytical, left side of your brain and make your edits. When you approach your social media with a writerly philosophy, you could see your engagement rates climb!

 

Question:  Do you use social media to promote your writer brand?

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