New York Times best-selling author Reuben Holmes, aka R.H. Sin, tells it like it is. His poetry – bold, inspiring, and unapologetic – has caught social media by storm, thanks to his feminist approach.
“My words are what I would say to my sister, my mother, or the women I want to protect,” he explained in an interview with the Newyorker. “Even after being hurt by a woman in the past, I understood where it came from and why she was the way she was as soon as I met her father, the man who had broken her heart long before she’d even known me.”
Based in New York, Holmes had amassed close to 2 million followers on Instagram – an epic achievement by any standard. But his road to fame actually started on a different platform – Twitter. Having made his account in 2014, he began sharing epigrams and short, satirical poems made specifically for social media. Using Twitter first taught him how to say less while packing a punch. Now, his goal is to write 7,222 words per day.
“I came into 2016 with 251,018 followers,” he shared with the Newyorker. “I entered 2017 with 515,164. I am a workhorse. I think a lot of people in my industry are content with the ‘struggling artist’ ideology. I’m not. On any given day, my account brings in 600,000 to one million ‘likes.’ The object is to be seen or heard, and I make a lot of noise.”
“Your account should be growing, you should also be growing,” he stressed. “Evolving is the point. People bulls**t in our niche, they say follower count doesn’t matter but how in the hell do you expect to reach this generation if they’re not following you in some form or capacity?”
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