Wednesday Writing Wisdom/ If you Tweet it they will come….

If you tweet it they will come….

Okay I stole that from a movie I saw a long time ago, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t true. Last week I talked about getting a twitter account and its benefits. Today I want to continue in that vein.

It seems that almost overnight, Twitter has become part of our mainstream culture. And equally as fast and surprising how many authors have used it to showcase their stories to the world, yet I’m amazed there are still so many who haven’t taken the plunge.

 Twitter can be a powerful asset in any author promo arsenal no matter where they are in their writing career. It can not only help you spread the word about your writing endeavors, but it’s great for making real-world connections with other writers and literary fans which could turn into book sales.

Twitter says that twittering is, “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 a great tool, tailor-made for authors!

Okay, I understand that the micro-blogging format can be a bit confusing and seem a little ridiculous to talk about things like walking your dog, which is surprisingly interesting to some people, but if you hang in there you will find that this format can help you in your daily writing.  When you have to be concise with what you want to convey it forces you to improve your storytelling skills. That can only help you in the long run to become a better writer.

Who else can take everyday events and make them sound interesting in 140 words or less, than an author. If you do it right, hoards of people will come every day to read your creative content.   So why aren’t you twittering, it’s perfectly designed to show potential readers what you have to offer.

I have a few tips for those new to Twitter.

1    First and foremost follow.  Fellow authors/writers and book fans. And people that tend to discuss topics you like. Seek out others authors/writers that are experienced on Twitter and “follow” them. Just follow

2      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 to improve your social platform and your connection with readers.

3     Twitter Etiquette 101.  Share the love. There’s a 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.

4      The Key to success on Twitter is interaction. Avoid shameless self-promotion as much as possible. People will see right through that. Interact, reply, retweet, post compelling and interesting content. Tweet like you write, daily.

5     Tweets are public.  Please keep in mind while you’re twittering away that unless you choose to have a protected profile, potentially everyone in the cyber universe could view your tweets. If you don’t want the world to know, don’t tweet it. That advice should go for your entire social media format.

 

Copyright © 2013 Glynis Rankin

6 comments

  1. Great tips! I have a big problem with people who tweet every bit of what’s happening in their backyard. Tweets like “Cooking now”, “Weird me. Going to bed” and so on. On the other hand, I value useful info and promo. I don’t tweet daily, but I do my best to send out useful things out there because I believe that “A man’s tweets is a reflection of his personality and perhaps age bracket.”

    1. Thanks Uzoma
      That is so true, about reflection. I tweet about things I feel passion about. It’s an open form so I try not to put myself out there too much.

  2. Hi Glynis,

    Thanks for sharing such an informative post. As much as I love social media, I am still not really into Twitter. It overwhelms me. But your post breaks it down into manageable pieces.

    Nancy

    1. Nancy I’m so glad it helped you to get a bit more familiar with Twitter. It’s fun and easy once you get use to using it. Please if you have any question I’m be glad to help. 🙂

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