Social Media Don’ts for Authors, A Guest Post by Angela Clarke, Author of Trust Me

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I’m thrilled to be part of the launch celebrations for Trust Me, the third book in Angela Clarke’s social media thriller series.

Angela was kind enough to provide a guest blog earlier this year all about growing characters that you can read here. Today, in line with the social media theme of her books, Angela has some advice for authors.

Trust Me,  was released by Avon Books on 15th June 2017 and is available for purchase here.

Trust Me

trust me


What do you do if you witness a crime…but no-one believes you?

When Kate sees a horrific attack streamed live on her laptop, she calls the police in a state of shock. But when they arrive, the video has disappeared – and she can’t prove anything. Desperate to be believed, Kate tries to find out who the girl in the video could be – and who attacked her.

Freddie and Nas are working on a missing persons case, but the trail has gone cold. When Kate contacts them, they are the only ones to listen and they start to wonder – are the two cases connected?

Dark, gripping, and flawlessly paced, Trust Me is the brilliant third novel in the hugely popular social media murderer series.

Social Media Don’ts for Authors

A Guest Post by Angela Clarke

  1. Don’t Sell, Sell, Sell.

We all know those authors, some of whom we may love between the pages, who only ever post about their book on social media. How disappointing when we wanted to get to know the person behind the work. Every status is an Amazon link. Every post is trying to sell you something. It’s like trying to have a conversation with a friend who will only respond by shouting: ‘BUY MY NOVEL!’ It’s boring. It’s embarrassing. It’s the quickest way to get unfollowed.

  1. Don’t Auto-Message.

I meet a lot of people in this industry, and when someone sends me a friend request, and we have upwards of twenty people in common, I err on the side of caution and presume I’ve met them (I was probably drunk, you’ve been to a book event, right? They have a lot of wine). Plus, their profile photo is a cat, I’ve definitely met lots of cats. But, then, that person, my proto-pal, fouls my inbox. They send me a private message in the form of a blanket pitch telling me to buy their book. I don’t know this person. It’s a trick. I’ve basically just made mates with a spam lord. Eject, eject, eject!

  1. Don’t Immediately Ask Me to Like Your Fan Page

Look, I geddit, I’ve only got 600 followers on my Facebook Author Page too (please like me!). It’s so tempting just to send out a few cheeky ‘like’ requests. And that’s fine, once in a while. But not as soon as we’ve met. At least retain the illusion we’re fun friends who have loads in common for a few days, before you start trying to pimp your product.

  1. Don’t Post Links to Your Book on my Page Uninvited

You’re basically flyposting. On the internet. You’re graffiti-ing other people’s walls. Seriously, that’s not cool. No one is going to buy your book that way. No one.

  1. Don’t Be Rude.

I may reject your friend request because my accounts are just for family and friends. I may not want to like your page because I’m not into that. I may not reply to your direct message asking me to retweet you. All of these responses from me are fine. It is my social media account. I make the rules. And regardless of whether you think I should do something else, never, ever, ever mouth off, either at me or about me. Never become aggressive, or post anything rude. That doesn’t make you an honest author just trying to shift enough books to pay the rent, it makes you a massive jerk.

About Angela Clarke


Angela Clarke is an author, columnist and playwright. Her debut crime novel Follow Me was the first in the Social Media Murders Series.

Her memoir Confessions of a Fashionista (Ebury) is an Amazon Fashion Chart bestseller. Her debut play The Legacy received rave reviews after it’s first run at The Hope Theatre in June 2015. Angela’s journalist contributions include: The Guardian, The Independent Magazine, The Daily Mail, and Cosmopolitan. Now magazine described her as a ‘glitzy outsider’. Angela read English and European Literature at Essex University, and Advances in Scriptwriting at RADA. In 2015 Angela was awarded the Young Stationers’ Prize for achievement and promise in writing and publishing.

She is almost always late or lost, or both.

You can follow Angela on Twitter, visit her website and find her on Facebook.

8 thoughts on “Social Media Don’ts for Authors, A Guest Post by Angela Clarke, Author of Trust Me

  1. kmpohlkamp says:

    I agree with this but the multiple mentions of your book upfront kind of goes against your point . . .


  2. Actually Angela doesn’t mention her book’s title at all! I do – and this is a blog tour to promote the book so it really needs a mention! Thanks for taking the time to drop by and comment.

    Liked by 1 person

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