Instagram for Writers and the difficult ask for reviews

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It can be done.

I know it can be done because I have seen it done.

If it can be done, I can do it.

I will do it.

Will I succeed?

Probably not, but I’ll have a bloody good go.


Writers like Robert M Drake have used the power of Instagram to become bestsellers, win publishing contracts, and achieved fame world-wide.

I bought his book.

I am one of his 1.6 million followers.

He’s bloody brilliant and I recommend you check him out.


How he uses Instagram is beautiful because it is original.

He creates what he shares.

You won’t see something you’ve seen a hundred times before.


I want to be just like that.

Whilst I would mind the legions of followers, what I’m really looking for, is that thing that is so hard to find:

More reviews.


I have 21 beautiful reviews across my Ebooks, and I am incredibly grateful for each one of them.

Hopefully, when number 4 is out there, it will see a similar level of positive feedback.

Sadly, due to the nature of purchaser behaviour, I have seen sales and review count stagnate over time.

Amazon’s Ebook rankings are only affected by sales, not reviews, but reviews affect sales – therefore you are unlikely to have one without the other.

That’s my fault, as I have done nothing to combat this.

That changes now; I’m going to start asking people for reviews.


I can think of many people in real life who have pledged to review but not done it, and that is ok. I cannot force them, but as my ability to influence this is limited to the people I see each day and my Facebook friends, I am looking to find a new audience.

That’s where Instagram comes in.


I have a lot of wonderful friends like Mcharbine and the owner of Flat_5a who have helped get me set up and given me some valuable feedback and advice; I won’t be flooding your feeds just yet, but I’d love it if you’d invest a follow in my page so that over time I can grow it to add value through:

  • Original, excellent imagery
  • Thoughtful, original quotes about writing
  • Writing advice you’d normally have to pay for
  • Possibly, a bit about who I am, as I look to establish the brand that is Alex Boast – GhostStoryWriter


If you are a creative person, and you’d like to get involved with contributing some imagery or some helpful tips for a novice instagrammer like me, please get in touch by emailing


I haven’t written for social media since I was the digital coordinator at a pharmacy back in 2013.

At that point, we had Pinterest and Google Plus.

We had a great time being fun, creative, and offering helpful, healthy advice.

Needless to say, the follower count on most of our channels was something I was quite proud of and the excellent work I was part of has continued ever since.


I remember thinking about how fun it must have been to have an account for writing. Why, then, did it take me so long?

I couldn’t tell you, but better late than never, right?


Determined to increase my productivity, I’ll be posting several times a week, blogging twice a month, and working on Ebook 4 and my music multiple mornings per week.

If you see me around, ask how it’s going and call me out if I’m doing terribly or being lazy – I need the help.