Welcome to Facebook Fan Pages! I know it’s a bit daunting to look at that blank page, the status bar telling you to write something, but you don’t know what. It’s especially hard when you don’t have many fans who will even read what you write.
Don’t give in before you’ve even started. I’d like to give you a crash course on using your Facebook page as effectively as you can, even if you feel awkward in the beginning.
First things first, make sure you have a profile picture and a cover photo. Your profile can be you, or it can be your book. On my own author Facebook page, I like to use my own photo most of the time. But when I’m getting ready to release a new book, I will change it to show my book cover. For the cover photo, you can choose scenery, a collage of your books, or anything that gives readers another clue as to who you are. But make sure the cover image is big enough to fit in that space. Nothing looks more unprofessional on a Facebook page than a pixelated image for the cover photo. The exact dimensions are 851X315 pixels.
Next, make sure your Facebook page URL is the exact name you want it to be. In your “About” section, go to Facebook Web Address and change it to the desired name. Otherwise, your URL will add a bunch of numbers to the address, making it look clunky.
Finally, fill out your “About” section with your bio, your website, and anything else you want readers to know about you. This section is checked more often than you think, and can be your readers’ first impression of you.
Now, what to post!
First, the rules.
- Be authentic. Be yourself.
- Don’t spam your readers with “buy my book” posts
- Refrain from politics or hot button issues (unless your books are about politics or hot button issues)
- Post at least once a day, if possible.
- But don’t over-post, or you’ll lose readers.
With that out of the way, here are 10 things you can post about on your Facebook page:
- A blog post you’ve written.
- A quote from your book.
- What you’re reading now (NOT your own book).
- Something funny that happened today.
- Something inspirational that you saw online or in your Facebook newsfeed.
- A quote from another author or influential person. (hint: go to canva.com and create an image out of it!)
- A top 10 list of books your readers would enjoy if they like yours.
- News of an event or reading that you’ll be presenting at.
- News about your book release, or a sale on your book.
- A photo of you writing, living life, or just plain having fun.
Please note, only two of these ten items are about YOUR book. A good rule of thumb is to follow the 80-20 rule: 80% of your posts are NOT about your book, and 20% of your posts are.
Another thing to note: your page views will be small in the beginning. Don’t stress about that number. Keep posting content that people will want to like, comment on, or share, and that number will go up. You just need to be consistent.
Have questions? Or do you have other ideas on things an author can post to Facebook? Leave a note in the comments!
P.S. Follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/northcoaststories.