50 Bookstagram Reel Ideas For Authors

It’s no secret that bookstagram reels and booktoks are major tools that can be used in your author marketing kit, but when you’re struggling for inspiration or feeling less than motivated to come up with bookstagram reel ideas, it can be hard to create something that will help your book stand out.

Readers LOVE them, but for some authors this element of marketing can be cringeworthy. If you’re anything like me- an introvert who would rather stay behind-the-scenes then do a goofy dance or make a copy of the latest trend, it can be painful to come up with ideas. While it’s completely up to you whether you participate or not, here’s some bookstagram reel ideas that can help you push past the initial awkwardness and inspire your creativity!

What Are Reels And Why Should We Use Them?

Reels are the fifteen to thirty second video clips that feature a person (or persons) talking and doing something entertaining. Whether it’s taking on an internet challenge, imparting their best industry tips, or simply being silly it’s eye-catching and addictive. Like with pieces of candy, audiences are easily drawn in and captivated by this easy and digestible form of entertainment.

Reels are quick, fun, and effective. It’s an opportunity to reach more potential readers, faster. Instagram’s algorithm is currently promoting Reels and putting them in front of more viewers over any other form of media created on their platform.
Where you couldn’t get one hundred people to view your post about your book before, a Reel you make tomorrow could reach thousands. What’s more, Reels and Tiktoks are very similar, meaning you can create content on Tiktok and share it in the Reels section on Instagram- that means less work for double the exposure!

It also means that you can do more with your marketing. You can create variety with what you share, meaning you can mix and match how you deliver information about your book which makes it more exciting for those who might want to know about it.

50 Imaginative Bookstagram Reel Ideas for Instagram (And TikTok)


  1. Introduce Yourself- share your name, what you write, the books you’re working on, what you like to read, etc.
  2. Share your favorite writing or editing tips.
  3. Show us how you draw your characters, maps, or other creative projects pertaining to your book that aren’t necessarily writing-related.
  4. Share the book quotes that most inspired you.
  5. Create a character reel featuring the image and aesthetic for your main character.
  6. Create an aesthetic reel that shows the overall theme of your story.
  7. Use a funny voice-over to draw relatable observations about author life.
  8. Share a book recommendation with specific tropes, character types, or plot twists in mind.
  9. Put together and model outfits to represent the different modes of writing.
  10. Impersonate a character in a popular novel or one of your own.
  11. Share tips on how to get into writing.
  12. Share your “author” story- where did you get your start and how did you get where you are now?
  13. Create a book recommendations list in your genre and share it.
  14. Tell us your book crush!
  15. Take us on a bookshelf tour.
  16. Share how you organize your books.
  17. Tell us why you write in your chosen genre.
  18. Share your top 5 books that came out this year.
  19. Take us on a tour of your favorite bookshop.
  20. What books are on your TBR list and why?
  21. Who are your top 5 favorite authors ever and why?
  22. Your favorite bookish accessories and where you got them.
  23. Personify the different types of readers.
  24. Funny things you do while reading or writing.
  25. Who would you cast to star in the movie version of your book?
  26. What are your biggest pet peeves as a writer? As a reader?
  27. What are your favorite seasonal books?
  28. What are some weird writing habits you have?
  29. Why do you write?
  30. Act out scenes from your novel or your favorite novel.
  31. Rearrange/redecorate your bookshelf using timelapse.
  32. Share your book mail or latest book haul.
  33. Create a parody of your favorite book character.
  34. Share your author journey in images from draft to published book.
  35. Share reviews you’ve received using image graphics and effects.
  36. Show off your character’s greatest flaw or weakness in images.
  37. Rate the book versus the movie adaptation.
  38. Take us on a tour of all the places where you wrote your book.
  39. Create a short book teaser trailer.
  40. Share your favorite lines from your book in rapid sequence.
  41. Tell us your least favorite book tropes.
  42. Show us your planning method- how you outlined or planned your novel.
  43. Act out the different types of authors.
  44. Tell us the difference between traditional and indie publishing.
  45. What are you grateful for as a reader or writer?
  46. What books changed your life?
  47. #Writerproblems
  48. Show us your favorite book covers.
  49. Show us your favorite character art.
  50. Thank the writing/reading community for being awesome!


While short form videos can be time-consuming and challenging to make, once you get the knack of it, they can pay off big time. Readers both new and old can enjoy learning about your novel, share about it, and connect with other readers who love your books. With the rise of Booktok Books influencing best-sellers lists, it’s worth adding this skill to your marketing repertoire.

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Alina Wells is an author, blogger, and development editor based in the Midwest. When she's not helping writers, writing her debut novel, or building her fantasy author empire, she's reading under trees, cooking yummy things, spending time with her husband, or catering to her miniature pinscher overlord. She loves reading fantasy, young adult, and romance and has never met a pumpkin-spice product she didn't like.

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