How to Get Started on Instagram

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with Maggie Smith

Sat. Sept 18, 9:30 – 11:00 am (CT)


($40 for Inkslinger & Penmonkey Members)

On Zoom

Every month, one BILLION users hop on this social media platform, from celebrities to students, digital nomads to entrepreneurs, young people to retirees. So if you’ve ignored Instagram up until now, maybe it’s time to take a closer look at this thriving community where active engagement is taking place every day between writers and readers.

In this seminar you’ll learn the basics of how to set up your author profile, whom to follow, whom to block, and how to gain the right kind of followers. We’ll look at types of posts and suggested topics (hint: they shouldn’t all be about your book!)—and how to upload them from both your phone and your computer. Hashtags, eye-pleasing graphics, managing “time on platform:” we’ll demystify ‘em all.

**Access to a recording will be available for all paid registrants following the seminar.**

Maggie Smith’s debut novel, TRUTH AND OTHER LIES, will be published in March 2022 by Ten16 Press. She’s the host of  the weekly podcast Hear Us Roar (available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google – 92+ episodes) where she interviews debut women’s fiction authors about their novel and their path to publication. Her first-ever short story, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, appeared in the 2018 anthology False Faces and she’s a monthly blogger for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. A board member of the Chicago Writer’s Association, she serves as Managing Editor of their on-line literary publication The Write City Magazine. She is an alumnus of Red Oak Writing Roundtables and a regular attendee at Novel Boot Camp in West Bend. She has been active on Instagram as @maggiesmithwrites since November, 2019, posted daily on the platform, and considers it the best social media platform for authors. Maggie makes her home in New Berlin where she lives with her patient husband Scott and her aging but still adorable sheltie Colt.