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A question about social media!

I sent a question to my newsletter subscribers and I’m going to post the same question here since I would like to get as much feedback as possible.

I see countless authors sharing much of their lives on social media which has brought me to the realization that I lead a very ordinary life.

I spend the majority of my time writing or on the business end of writing. There is also the typical housework that needs doing and my garden that needs tending and the projects in the house I’m working on. I often fall asleep either watching TV or reading a book. I take an occasional walk on the beach when time allows. I do enjoy spending time with Cree, my German Shephard and Sweetie, the outside cat. I love spending time with family and going out on occasion with a longtime friend. I used to vacation with my family but since covid hit that has been put on hold and I do miss it. Though my life is ordinary, it is full and enjoyable to me. Unfortunately, I don’t think it would spark any interest on social media. Which leads me to the question… what makes you follow an author on social media besides hearing about their books? Pros and cons if any. Please leave your response in the comment section. It will be extremely helpful to me since I flounder when it comes to social media.

In appreciation for taking the time to comment, I will pick one name from the comment section to receive a $25 Amazon gift card. I will post the winner’s name (first name and first initial of last name) here and in my next newsletter. You have until August 23rd to comment. Winner will be notified on August 24th.

Hugs & a huge thanks for the help!

Donna

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Diane Corbin
Diane Corbin
1 month ago

I don’t follow an author because of their personal convictions – political, spiritual and social. I follow an author because I enjoy what they write and the way they write. I enjoy clean and sexy historical romance – Regency and western.

Jodi Wresh
Jodi Wresh
1 month ago

I usually follow on reccomnded in newsletters or social media. I think it would be awesome for you to do social media. I personally like when authors share tidbits about their life, especially pets and gardening and family.

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago

I follow authors on Facebook to only see when their next books are coming out (or when they are having a sale on a book). I don’t mean to ignore their other post but I’m interested in the book information.

Hillary
Hillary
1 month ago

I honestly don’t like to follow authors on social media because I enjoy newsletters more. And if I do follow them on social media it’s because they don’t send out newsletters often so I have to follow them for news on their newest books.

Patty Swinehart
Patty Swinehart
1 month ago

I only follow 3 authors. You were my first when i fell in love with Dawn and Cree! I follow to keep up with your writing and new books. I think your life is full and if you are happy who am i to judge! Enjoy your life, we only have one!

Lynda DuVall
Lynda DuVall
1 month ago

Donna, I find I much prefer your newsletter format to that of social media. I do follow one or two authors on social media, but love (and prefer) your newsy, funny and very meaningful means of communicating what’s going on in your world. I find it brings you much more in touch with your readers who adore you as an author as I do! It’s special and brings us the means with which to come to know you better and on a more personal level! It also brings us closer to knowing what exciting and new projects you are working… Read more »

Jan McClure
Jan McClure
1 month ago

I follow an author because I enjoy what they write , and to see when their next books are coming out.

Barbara
Barbara
1 month ago

I follow my favorite authors on Twitter, I don’t use Facebook and only rarely look at Instagram. I mostly follow for new books and updates, recommendations for other authors and any special things going on. I also generally subscribe to their newsletters. A little bit of their personal lives is fine, but to be honest that’s not why I follow.

Elizabeth Ogden
Elizabeth Ogden
1 month ago

I so much enjoy your jokes. Especially the one with the elder man fishing in the rain barrel. I really enjoy your writing style. I just ordered the Sinclair Brothers. I am starting book 2 today.

Janet Hampton
Janet Hampton
1 month ago

I like hearing about you. I love your books and want to hear what inspires you. When my husband was sick with MS, we would spend a lot of time in the doctors office and hospitals. When I connect to an author, it really helps me. He passed away in December 2016. Now when you share, I get to laugh at your jokes and make a friend. Thank you for writing such great books.

Sandi N.
Sandi N.
1 month ago

I don’t follow any authors except through their newsletters, Bookbub or Goodreads as I am totally social media ignorant.

Bonnie Marino
Bonnie Marino
1 month ago

I have read all your books. Cree and Dawn are my favorite -I can’t get enough of them. I find your writing style extremely appealing, making each character fully defined. When I’m reading about your characters, I feel I am watching from a distance, everything visualized in my mind.
Social media is a slippery slope, but I would follow you. I adore your newsletters.

Cathy
Cathy
1 month ago

The truth is Donna you are my way of getting away from it all.. I also live a quiet life..retired and your books fill my void perfectly..have a great week!!

Patience Selverian
Patience Selverian
1 month ago

I follow the Author regarding their writings. Don’t need to know every personal detail of their lives, only when it relates to how they find their material for their stories.

Sounds like your life is wonderful, very real, not fiction. Enjoy it and don’t change a thing unless you want to. Your privacy belongs to you!! Always love your books, especially Cree! Love that you have your very own CREE! 🥰📚🌹🌞😎

Ina Gibson
Ina Gibson
1 month ago

I follow other writers to hear about the books current and coming soon books

Martha H
Martha H
1 month ago

I usually just follow my favorite authors. And some get newsletters. I don’t really have time for social media keepin up wth my kids and family is enough on Facebook.

SUSAN
SUSAN
1 month ago

I don’t follow my authors on social media.
1. Too hard to shift thru the junk.
2. To many political views.
4. Too impersonal
5. I love my authors and don’t want to knock them off the pedestal I put then on.

Please continue your news letter (and your joke). Pedestal!!

Brooke Thornton
Brooke Thornton
1 month ago

I actually follow quite a few author’s, but mostly I like the community of other people that read romance, and the discussion on favorite books not just the one author of the page but talking many different books and recommendation or reviews of books.

Cathy Henderson
Cathy Henderson
1 month ago

I love hearing little tidbits about my favor authors of which I have a few and you are one. I love your jokes and seeing your beach and Cree pictures.

Susan Carpenter
Susan Carpenter
1 month ago

I am of an age when we kept personal things personal. I also do not take my political following from authors, actors, sports figures or other prominent figures. I enjoy hearing about your future writing plans and developments.

Effie Black
Effie Black
1 month ago

I am not a fan of social media. I would only follow to hear about your latest book. I love to escape by reading and only have a few authors that I truly like. I have enough drama, travel, family, excitement, etc. in my own life. I don’t need to borrow anyone else’s.

Rachel McAdams
Rachel McAdams
1 month ago

I think that one can still find magic in ordinary life. Pets, family, gardening are all wonderful and fulfilling aspects of life. I follow you mainly to learn about new books coming out. I also enjoy learning a little about you. Knowing a little bit about your everyday life helps me to feel like you are a close friend, especially when reading your novels. You don’t seem like a stranger to me but a friend and I love to support my friends. You sending out newsletters with jokes and hugs or responding to my emails makes it seem more personal… Read more »

Debbie Brown
Debbie Brown
1 month ago

I only check one author’s FB family life. I prefer newsletters. Gives me the info I want (& when lucky – a joke!)

Sandra
Sandra
1 month ago

Hi Donna! I have to tell you, I no longer follow author pages on any social media platform. I am personal friends with a few and will connect on FB/Instagram, but it is few and far between. I feel that Social Media platforms have become to divisive. I don’t like that people are fighting and being ugly to one another. I get more satisfaction through the newsletters I receive.

Tammy Windsor
Tammy Windsor
1 month ago

I love hearing about what is going on in an author’s life, even if THEY think it is mundane and boring. I find it interesting, and it makes me feel more connected to them. I also love when they post pet pics. Being “included” in an author’s world makes me feel more important to them as a reader. If I feel like an author is a “friend”, I am much more likely to read their books and promote them versus another author who I might not be as personally invested in.

Dawn S.
Dawn S.
1 month ago

I do not do social media because I have a full life. I love to read my authors newsletters, especially telling me about a new book! As I’ve read all of yours so far (I’m fairly sure), I just like newsletters. I have mixed feelings about social media, mostly negative. . sorry. Good luck and keep on writing!!
A fan, Dawn S.

Diane Sallans
Diane Sallans
1 month ago

I follow several authors on social media – mainly FB. I enjoy glimpses of other peoples lives – animals, hobbies, kids (tho these are sometimes w/ showing faces) places they visit, something pretty when they take a walk like flowers, views over water etc. Whatever you enjoy – would probably of some interest to others. Just a quick reminder to others of your presence. And of course status of your current books.

Kathleen A Goodrich
Kathleen A Goodrich
1 month ago

I mostly follow an author to get updates on books they are writing and when they will be released… the books! I am curious on what inspires their stories. As far as social media, I’m not really into social media sites. I love your newsletter emails. Keep them coming, both newsletters and books!

Joolz
Joolz
1 month ago

I follow authors to find out when the next release is. Unless you actually find a real life highland warrior that could sweep me off my feet, I really have no other interest. I wish everyone health and happiness but I don’t want to read about what they had for breakfast or any other meal, or what they are doing next Tuesday. I have a busy full life and reading books is my escapism.

Donna Bartsch
Donna Bartsch
1 month ago

I follow people on social media but with no expectations of regular posts. I would rather that people share something they are happy with or feel is special rather than posting every little tidbit of their lives. I expect that most people have rather ordinary lives, and I don’t expect that most of our lives are as exciting as a book!

Linda Marko
Linda Marko
1 month ago

I love your books! When I read, if the book doesn’t capture my attention in the first chapter I probably will not continue with it. Your writings has always caught my attention first page out. When I read your books I can transport to another time and place where my worries and concerns can disappear for awhile. Thank you for sharing such a precious gift with me.

Shelly Araujo
Shelly Araujo
1 month ago

I’m spending less time in social media, but I do follow some authors mostly to learn of new books. I do like shares about their interests too especially kids and pets.

Mary Adams
Mary Adams
1 month ago

I think for me, is isn’t so much the excitement an author may or may not have in their lives, although that’s fun to, it’s when they talk about a new book and the process of writing snd their inspiration for a story that really intrigues me.

bn100
bn100
1 month ago

 don’t follow any authors, except through their newsletters

Karen
Karen
1 month ago

I follow an author to find out how a book is progressing, although I do smile when an author shows a little humor. It makes my day.

Jeannie
Jeannie
1 month ago

I don’t follow any authors on social media. I just don’t like going through all the stuff. Your email newsletter says enough and keeps your readers up to date on book releases, plus we get the cute jokes.

Bernice Quigley
Bernice Quigley
1 month ago

Hi Donna,

I follow an author solely base on the fact that I enjoy their books and I want to be informed of an upcoming release. I love your notes and jokes and I don’t think you need to change that at all. Just keep being yourself.

Melissa white
Melissa white
1 month ago

I don’t follow an author for their personal posts.

Megan
Megan
1 month ago

I enjoy tibits of why an author writes a certain way or if they want to share anything personal, because sometimes it is relatable.. But I follow authors because I want to know about upcoming book releases. I love your newsletter, it gives me everything that I am looking for, including a chuckle with your jokes… Long story short… don’t change please

Patricia Casey
Patricia Casey
1 month ago

I think its good to stay neutral about politics, religion and personal beliefs. Occassional selfies of your trip to the beach, or maybe on a research trip, something pretty or interesting in your garden, pics of the pup or kitty are always good. Pictures of your typewriter, some of your ways you come up with story ideas (now you’re a teacher also). Some about you, some about your craft.

Shannon Davis
Shannon Davis
1 month ago

Lifes joys come in different ways. Doing what brings us joy, is a wonderful time.

Magness Denise
Magness Denise
1 month ago

I follow an author because I love their books. I am fascinated by the writing process. Finding out about their research into locations or history. How they stay motivated. What characters they like snd shy. Why some stories work and why sometimes they rewrite or refresh stories. I love your stories!

Sabrina Gibson
Sabrina Gibson
1 month ago

I love to hear about what authors are doing; but I think the author should do what makes her comfortable. I follow several authors and each author is different.

Barbara VW
Barbara VW
1 month ago

I follow an author because I enjoy reading her books. I found several of your books at a thrift store and loved them! So I looked on the internet for more of your books and added you to my “follow this author” book list. I love your new Highland Intrigue Trilogy and got the first of them on e-book. But I prefer paperback books…you don’t have to plug them in while they re-charge!!! So I got The Silent Highlander in paperback…and I loved it too!!!
One of the reasons I enjoy your newsletters…is…your jokes!!!
Thanks!

Kay Rule
Kay Rule
1 month ago

I love a blog that tells about upcoming books.
Most of your books are set in Scotland and Ireland. Would love to hear about your adventures, as I’m sure you use these as your settings. Then when I read your books I could see myself in the settings as I become involved with the characters.
Love the jokes and the recipes. If any garden tips I know I could sure use them.

Linda J Burkhalter
Linda J Burkhalter
1 month ago

I only want to know about upcoming books, i.e. pre-orders,releases etc.

Sue Waagner
Sue Waagner
1 month ago

I don’t have any social media accounts. I read author’s newsletters and blogs. It is interesting see other views, but I don’t choose to read a book based on someone’s views. In fact I do not agree with several author’s views but I do enjoy their books. I prefer historical romance (clean and spicy) and some western books.

Annette
Annette
1 month ago

I read books to escape from reality it’s my way of decompressing from the real world. I’ve dropped two Authors because they have started to incorporate their views into their books. If I wanted to read about things that are happening in the real world I’d choose a a book about it or just simply turn on the TV. I don’t need to read pages with the two main characters arguing over the importance of minimum wage, BLM, corrupt Police or any other PC event taking place. Even though the book is a time travel and their in the 1800… Read more »

Eileen Pfahler
Eileen Pfahler
1 month ago

Hi Donna, The only author I follow (and it is a very recent follow) is Diana Gabalon. She will be releasing a new book, “GoTell It To The Bees” this fall and many on her site are rereading her Outlander series and commenting of favorite passages, books, characters, etc. It has helped me to familiarize myself with what I read a long time ago. I also so the Netflix series and I love when books, characters come to life. I love your Newletter and jokes, and the Highlander series you write. Maybe you would consider just posting that on FB?… Read more »

Lisa J
Lisa J
1 month ago

I am not on social media. If I were, I would only follow for book information.