It’s amazing how much Twitter has become part of mainstream culture. And equally surprising is how many authors have yet to take the Twitter plunge! At first, the micro-blogging format can be a bit confusing and seem a little ridiculous, but if you hang in there, Twitter can be a powerful asset in your author promo arsenal. Twitter can not only help you spread the word about your writing endeavors, but it is great for making real-world connections with other writers and literary fans.
Twitter itself said it best when describing the service as “like being delivered a newspaper whose headlines you’ll always find interesting. Discover news as it’s happening, learn more about topics that are important to you, and get the inside scoop in real time.” Twitter is also a great tool to help improve your storytelling ability, taking everyday events and making them sound interesting in 140 words or less!
For the Twitter newbies out there, here are 6 tips for getting started on Twitter:
1. Sign up here.
2. Start by following fellow writers and book fans. Follow people that tend to discuss topics you like. Seek out other authors/writers that are experienced on Twitter and “follow” them.
3. Be consistent. Twitter can take some time before you start to see its full potential. But stick with it and you will soon start to realize that it’s a fun and useful tool.
4. Share the love. There’s certain etiquette when it comes to Twitter which basically means that occasional “retweets” and “follow backs” are necessary to stay in the good graces of fellow tweeters. There’s a pretty good summary on when and why here.
5. Tweets are public. Keep in mind that unless you choose to have a protected profile, potentially everyone in the cyber universe could view your tweets.
6. Interaction is key. Avoid shameless self-promotion as much as possible, as people will see right through that on Twitter. Interact, reply, retweet and post compelling and interesting content. If you tweet it, they will come! Or something like that…
Do you have any other Twitter starter tips to share? Please let us know in the comments section below. And once you have your twitter account set-up, follow us @bookbaby!
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