Promo Tip: 3 Rules for Tweets

As I mentioned last week, Twitter is my favorite social networking site. But building a solid social network is a marathon adventure, not a sprint. You’ll burn out trying to do everything at once. This week I’m sharing a Promo Tip: 3 Rules for Better Tweets

So what can and should a newbie author do with Twitter? 

1. Be nice. You attract followers who like the way you sound. If you tweet about every bad mood, social disaster or catastrophe in your life you run the risk of alienating the very people you’re trying to impress. Keep your tweets professional and friendly at all times. Take your bad mood out on your voodoo dolls or a punch bag. 

Publishers, editors, and agents use Twitter. If you have submitted a project in the hopes of publication don’t ruin your chances with rants. They do look you up.

2. Talk about your work/book a little. Some tweeters get a bit spammy over time. The point of twitter is to interact in real time with people with similar interests. I don’t know about you but I have no interest in following someone who says ‘buy my book’ fifteen times a day.

Facebook, Blogspot, and WordPress can be linked to Twitter, but be careful of message duplication (more on linking social networking sites later)

3. Pass along good information. The retweet button on twitter is probably the worst used feature. You could theoretically retweet every link that comes into your twitter stream but before you do think about the people that follow you. What you retweet they see. I have had 20 consecutive tweets from one person and all had links to follow. Do you believe anyone has the time for all of that? No, of course not. But one or two I would explore.

Use URL shorteners like ShrinkThisLink when adding website links to your twitter messages, and be sure to post a description of what the link is about. No one likes to follow a link blindly.

The point I’m trying to make about twitter is that your participation should not become spam to others. Keep it real, and make sure you leave time to write.

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It’s done …

There is an incredible feeling of relief when you type ‘the end’ on a story. That happened for me yesterday but it wasn’t an easy writing day. The words didn’t come quickly and I got distracted very easily. I spent way too much time twittering but it’s done.

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Actually, while twittering I discovered another writer stuck at the same place and having the same issues. Now, we were both writing sex scenes – how hard can it be right. (I really thought about changing that line but … it stays.) She thought we might be writing the same story. What are the odds? (Yes, if you do know you can tell me.)

What a week it’s been in blogland. The internet has zinged all week with Harlequin’s change of direction and the repercussions of their decision. I’m not going to voice an opinion – enough has been said by minds more informed than mine. I’m still learning and the arguments have been fascinating.

Just for laughs this week I’m posting a link to Jess Dee’s blog. I do hope I’m not jinxing myself for computer troubles.

But the best news of the week is that one of my crit partners, Jerrica Knight-Catania, had a fantastic regency romance published this week. A Gentleman Never Tells is a great read! Check it out!

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