As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve recently decided to set my novel in the past, when I initially began writing this novel (back about 10 years ago).
The biggest inspiration for this novel is my all-time favorite TV show: One Tree Hill. I’m thinking that utilizing the fan base of this series will help me in connecting with my target reader.
Now, what I’m about to tell you may sound weird, but whatever. Back in 2014, I started a OTH fan account on Instagram. I ran it for about 2 years and gathered 5,000 followers.
On this account, I would post “edits” from scenes of the show. Basically, I took screen grabs from Netflix, utilized the art of photo apps, and created images.
I’m not going to lie – it was a lot of fun!! I loved being able to be involved in my favorite TV show on a daily basis.
The OTH Fandom
Being part of this community on IG made me realize something. Most of these other girls (or guys) that were running these accounts were young! I’m talking really young, like these people weren’t even born yet when OTH premiered.
But let me tell you, they were dedicated. I got to know quite a few of them. While lots of them posted images of the show, there were times where they would talk about their lives in the captions or in comments with others.
Thinking back on it, these are the people that I’m looking to target with my novels.
Considering Starting It Up Again
Lately, I’ve been considering starting up my account again! After a year and a half of not being active, I have lots about 700 followers (no big deal, I’m confident I can continue gaining a community).
This could really be my opportunity to focus on some research into my audience!
My only concern is whether I have time to even do this. Creating the edits can be pretty time consuming! But, if I focus on getting some done all at one time and posting them over the week, I could stay pretty active.
If I do end up getting a part time job sooner rather than later, I’ll definitely restart it again.
But in the meantime, I’ll see what happens!
Oh, and if you want to follow me on there – here’s my handle! @othinmyheart
Share your thoughts! Do you think this is a good idea to do some research?