Twitter for Authors[This post was written by guest contributor Beth Barany, author of Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers.]

I know Twitter can be a confusing medium for many authors -- what can you say in 140 characters or less to promote your book? In my opinion, Twitter is actually a writer's dream for those who like to write short, like the absence of a lot of images, and are willing to experiment.

A news service that the users create, Twitter is a great resource to meet other writers, agents, editors, and book bloggers, people who love to read and review books.

10 Tips on Promoting Your Book on Twitter

1. Open an account on Twitter. Choose a name that is easily recognizable, ideally your author name. In the long run, as an author, you are your brand. If you choose a name like “jamie123” this won’t help you build name recognition.

2. Bring in your email contacts. Twitter makes this easy...

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You've been using Twitter for a little while now to promote your book. You've uploaded  your profile pic and posted a bio. You've been tweeting, re-tweeting, favoriting, replying, following, and gaining followers yourself. You're familiar with hashtags, mentions, and direct messages. You're using Twitter in order to share interesting information, post exciting news about your own writing career, and join other conversations. (i.e. — you're not a Twitter spammer; you're not just screaming "Buy my book" every few hours.)

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