Different Types of Content Ideas for Authors by @K8Tilton

By Kate Tilton | Blog

Feb 15


In my social media training work I come across a lot of authors who do not know what to share on social media. Many of these authors fall to sharing just articles they like or promotional messages of their books. There is a better way. After consistency, variety is the key to social media success. Here are different content ideas for authors you can use today.


  • Share a picture of your current read and ask your audience “What are you reading?”
  • Share a picture of your writing workspace.
  • Share a picture of the stunning sunset or snow outside your window.


  • Ask your readers to help you name characters when you are stuck.
  • Ask for casting suggestions for your latest book.
  • Ask simple yes/no questions such as: “Do you like the snow?”
  • Ask your readers what their favorite hobby, movie, book, or TV show is.


  • Share a quote that resonates with you and your brand.
  • Share a quote from your latest book. (Just remember this is promotional, so do so sparingly).
  • Share a quote from your current read.
  • Share a quote from your favorite author.


  • Share facts about books.
  • Share facts about publishing.
  • Share facts you found while researching for your latest book.


  • Share tips for inspiring writers.
  • Share tips related to the nonfiction subject you write about.

What’s going on in your life

  • Share updates about your everyday life. These little statements show readers that you are a person, just like them.

Talk back: What content do you share on social media? What content do you wish authors wouldn’t share on social media?

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About the Author

Kate Tilton has been serving authors since 2010. Founder of Kate Tilton’s Author Services, LLC, Kate works as an author assistant, social media manager, and speaker with the mission of connecting authors and readers. Kate is the creator and host of #K8chat (Thursdays at 9pm Eastern on Twitter) and has appeared on popular media such as Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. You can find Kate on katetilton.com.

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cathyshouse February 16, 2015

I try to mix it up and mostly put quirky things up that come to mind. I sometimes share those jokes about grammar and English language usage. I don’t like to know too much detail about the flu bug hitting the family and I things that seem like Too Much Information. Politics turns me off. I like to post and read things that are fairly light or give me good information or make me think. I enjoy photos.

    Kate Tilton March 3, 2015

    Sounds like you have a good balance Cathy. You can certainly share things that are personal without being TOO personal, photos are a great way to do that. I tell my authors to have a focus on what their audience is looking for by picking a few topics and using different types of content to share on those topics. That way things are interesting for everyone.

Gloria McBreen February 16, 2015

Thank you Kate. Interesting advice there, especially for beginners like myself.

    Kate Tilton March 3, 2015

    Thank you for checking out my article Gloria! I love sharing social media tips and am happy it helps.

J.H. Moncrieff February 20, 2015

Great tips! Even though I’ve been in marketing for a while, I sometimes run dry when it comes to what to say. These are fantastic ideas.

Bookmarked and saved. 🙂

    Kate Tilton March 3, 2015

    Aw! Thank you so much. I’m honored you would bookmark this for future use <3. Please let me know if you have any questions you'd like to see covered in future articles!


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