Tools of the Trade — Twitter

All writers have their little tricks and shorthand to be better writers, and I am no different.  Some of what I do seems unnecessary while other things I do are almost unheard of from others.  What I do is what works for me and I share this with my followers (both present and future) in hopes that it helps other writers.

This article briefly goes over Twitter. Now most of the tools I discuss in my blog will directly help you with writing, but Twitter is a marketing tools, much like other social media sites, such as Facebook, Tumblr, Linked-In, GoodReads, and a variety of others.

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Now I’ve tried marketing myself before, having a Facebook fan page with my one novel that was very small time and saw little success, but that marketing was extremely limited. Jump a 18-months ahead of time, at the conclusion of NaNoWriMo, I decided to try relaunching my marketing campaign this time using primarily Twitter.

Now I want to put this out there before I continue, that I dislike the idea of Twitter. I consider myself to be a novelist, in that if I had a choice to write a story in 10 pages or in 2 pages, I chose the 10 pages. Yes it is more work, but it is also more creative room to express myself. Twitter only being 140 characters maximum, I feel that I never can fully express myself. I try to truncate my thinking and often fail at it and must rearrange words and use shorthand to get a message across, and question if the post still sounds like me.

That being said, I am now an active user of Twitter on a daily basis. Thanks to twitter, I have gotten more followers on Twitter and on my blog. It is a slow growth, especially given I haven’t released anything new (yet), and as I advance my career, I am certain that will change. What makes Twitter so great versus having a blog (mandatory for all writers) or facebook is that you can leave yourself open to the public and find people of like interest. I keep my eye on #amwriting, #selfpushing, #Author, #writing so I can get all my information on other writers and they can get information on me. Facebook, you tend to have to know the person or know a person who knows a person…which is very limiting in marketing.

Now it might seem backwards to start trying to market yourself before you have a product, but when it comes to writing, it is OK to do exactly that. Get a following of friends and colleagues to support you, and once you have that, you can then gain fans with your products. Despite any reservations I’ve had in the past, I know that my success will partially be owed to Twitter.

You will often find me retweeting people showing their hard work or frustrations in writing. I also look at a lot of articles out there, and use those articles to help other people. Of course, I get like 300 tweets in my Trillian box per hour, sometimes more, so it is next to impossible for me to look through them all. I also try to spread my humor around. Give laughs to those who need a good laugh.

At the beginning of December, I had around 15 followers. That came from years of using twitter. Since I started to put myself out there as a writer, I am current have over 60 followers, going onto 70. That’s over 300% improvement. Now, I don’t know if my success is fast or slow. I have read people getting frustrated over lack of followers. It’s one of those things that you must put yourself out there and give something. Generally helping out others is a good way to go. But even then, it might takes many years to get 1000 followers, or 10,000 followers. I am happy with my number now and I keep pushing forward.

Thanks to Twitter, I have guest blog on another blog, most of my tweets get retweeted by at least 3 people at once. I have met a potential artist to do a few cover designs for me (barter my ebook handcoding), and help give life to my blog.

While my writing still needs to be top of the line; no one will know it exists unless I can tell a lot of people about it. Of the Social Networking sites, Twitter is my #1 choice.

Update

As of today, I have 531 followers. Over the last 10 months, that is average 50 new followers a month. I have found that retweeting people and following people you like is key. I tried to keep those I follow low, but found that to be impossible. I found others want those who follow them to be higher than those they follow. I disagree with that, whichever is higher, is higher.

I try to follow people I think will make a good additional to my feed, I promote people who report their books or that they are writing. I dislike all the quotes people do, but OK with the advice given. I try to look at articles and spread my humor.

Help Keep This Site Running

This site is a great achievement for me, but due to being unable to work, I may not be able to keep this site running. With your help, I might be able to.

I need $125 by October 30th, 2017. Anything you can give will help.

https://www.gofundme.com/help-madness-worldbuilding-continue

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