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Getting_Ahead-frDoes this sound familiar?

You spend hours upon hours blogging, Tweeting,  posting on Facebook and Instagram and Pinterest–where you’re successfully engaging with people who love your blog posts, Tweets, status updates, and images.

But you’re a fiction writer. You’re spending all this time on social media…and can’t help but wonder: How many of the people you’re reaching are actually the target audience for your fiction? 

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How Much Time Do You Spend Online?

There are lots of great reasons for writers to spend time online.

  • To build a platform
  • To engage with readers
  • To give back to the writing community
  • To relax and connect
  • To learn more about writing, publishing, and marketing
These days, I find myself spending more and more time online, though, and I still don’t manage to visit and comment on all my favorite blogs or spend enough time on Twitter. And don’t even talk to me about Google-Plus. I’m not even going there yet!

It’s made me wonder, though: how does the rest of the writing world handle this? How much time do you spend engaging in conversation, writing blog posts, and otherwise keeping up your presence online?

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It can be challenging to balance the amount of time we spend interacting with others online with the amount of time we spend on other types of writing. Any suggestions? I’d love to hear from you–please add your thoughts to the comments!

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