It often seems as though the terms writer and procrastinator go hand in hand. Many authors find themselves constantly putting off finishing or promoting their book. Maybe it is because the amount of work that goes into writing and promoting a book seems daunting or because authors aren’t sure where to start. Whatever the reason, I am here to help.

The key to overcoming procrastination is taking small steps towards accomplishing your goals. In this series of posts, I am going to help all of you procrastinators to promote your self published books so you can start increasing your exposure and sales.

Procrastinators love social media because it is a wondferul distraction. While you are procrastinating, why not make that time useful? Next time you want to spend time on social media instead of working on your writing, set up a Facebook page for your book or for you as an author. This is a great way to connect with your readers and promote your work. Here are a few tips to get you started.

  • Include a picture. Every social media page needs a professional picture. You could use the cover of your book or a photo of yourself. If you use a photo of yourself, be sure it is appropriate.
  • Get creative. Social media is a great place to flex those creative muscles. For instance, you may decide to post as your characters or engage readers in games.
  • Stay consistent. I am actually going to give you permission to check and update your Facebook every day, or at least a few times a week. To keep from spending too  much time online, set a schedule of when and for how long you will use social media. You still need to spend time on other writing and marketing tasks.

For the procrastinators reading this post, share your story in the comment section below. What are your biggest obstacles? Your greatest strengths? Why do you procrastinate? Now, get offline and go work on your book.

ABOUT JODEE THAYER: With over 20 years of experience in sales and management, Jodee Thayer works as the Manager of Author Services for Outskirts Press. The Author Services Department is composed of knowledgeable customer service reps and publishing consultants; together, they all focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process in order to help them publish the book of their dreams. Whether you are a professional looking to take your career to the next level with platform-driven non-fiction or a novelist seeking fame, fortune, and/or personal fulfillment, Jodee Thayer can put you on the right path.