I’m no master of social media, but through trial and error, I’ve learned a few things about how Twitter can be useful as a writer. Not sure you’re making the most of twitter? Not sure if you want to join in? I hope this can help you make a little sense of it.
Why Should Writer’s Tweet?
- You can stay informed about whats current in the publishing industry. I use Twitter to keep my ears to the ground. I follow publishers, agents, magazines, book bloggers, established writers, newbie writers, independent writers etc. They’re constantly posting links to publishing news, the latest controversies, submission cutoffs deadlines, etc. If you write in genre, the professional community isn’t as large as you might think.
- You can talk to agents, editors, authors, aspiring writers, book bloggers etc. In addition to sending off a random question, there are sometimes prearranged chats on Twitter. I stumbled across a great one a while back where editors from several magazines answered questions about submissions, and what they were looking for.
- You can make connections. There are twitter communities like #FridayFlash, and #TuesdaySerial that welcome participation, and are open to everyone. Members in these communities promote each other, and it’s easy to find other writers this way. #amwriting is a less formal community (another good one if you want to find other writers). I know I’ve found some of YOU this way 🙂
- You can use it like a personal link referrer. Without fail, whenever I log onto Twitter, someone has posted a link to a writing tip, a new blog post, encouraging words for writers, cool science facts, or a new story. Sometimes there are solicitations for job applicants, internships, or blog participants. I use it a lot like my feed reader. Of course, it depends who you follow on Twitter.
- You can work on your author platform. I think this is the last reason to tweet (or blog), but like blogging, it takes a while to get a hang of, so why not try it out now?
- Shameless self-promoters, that bombard you with marketing. Depending on the context, sometimes it’s fine, but other times it’s annoying.
- People that only want to ‘friend you’ because they’re playing the numbers game (more followers = more popular).
- There’s so much to read it can get overwhelming trying to keep up.
- Some of it’s useless or boring. Some days mundane chats between other people you don’t know is amusing, some days it’s not.
- Twitter can eat your life!!!! It can be a huge time suck. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Do you tweet? Why do you do it?
Part 2 – Twitter Tips and Etiquette