I love twitter. It reminds me of text messaging [which I also love] and honestly I’m not sure what I ever did without it!
I started out just tweeting about paper craft stuff (and following fellow artists), but soon I found that there was also a world of writers (and very cool readers and book bloggers like Miss Smexy!) that I could follow. I will never forget the first time an author replied to me – I freaked right out. You see, as a dedicated book lover I’m more likely to get star struck over an author than some actress. The notion that I could actually chat up one of my favorite authors?! Intoxicating.
Over the last few years I’ve been following authors and loving it. Some are hilarious, some talk about the research they’re doing for works in progress, some share photos, and others share all kinds of things. I’ve found fabulous new chocolates (Zoe Archer), laughed a lot at inappropriate things (Victoria Dahl), won an autographed copy of a new book (Elizabeth Hoyt), and generally gotten to know more about the authors I read.
To me that is the best thing – that you can get to know, sometimes even have conversations with the writers that you love. I have some suggestions to share with you, so here’s a few lists to get you started:
5 reasons to follow authors on twitter:
·Insider information about works in progress, first peeks at new covers, info on upcoming releases and blog appearances.
·Giveaways of books, sometimes ARCs too!
·Get to know the person behind the books. Preference in food, pictures of a girls night out, and details about the author.
·Authors are readers too. Twitter is the only spot I’ve found where authors openly share recommendations and books they’re reading and love. Example: Both Courtney Milan and Zoe Archer are authors I discovered early on via recommendations and notes about their upcoming releases from other authors on twitter!!
·Interaction with authors. Some authors (I won’t name names!) never reply to me, no matter what I might ask. Others are absolutely fantastic about responding and participating in conversations with their followers.
10 suggestions for authors on twitter:
·Go ahead and talk about your book(s)! Just be sure you talk about other stuff too.
·Same tweets every day (“well, time to start writing” “guess it’s breakfast time”) are boring. You’re a writer! Mix it up.
·Insider info/peeks into process/etc. is great!!
·Talk about your author friend’s books too… but only if you like the book. If I pick up a horrible book that I can figure out you suggested only because you like the writer (not because it’s good) I’m gonna be mad. Also? Makes you seem fake.
·Pick your boundaries. It’s ok to not talk about your family, political beliefs, or personal life – you can still share about favorite food, movies, and other superficial stuff that lets us know you without prying.
·Reply back to your followers. It doesn’t have to be every time, but if a question is asked or it seems appropriate don’t ignore your followers.
·Know that replies from authors = big happy every time. I follow you because I like your writing, so when you talk to me it is a very good thing.
·Beware the bitter tweet! I understand it might stink if someone else is getting a better advance or you feel that your publisher jacked you on something – but think twice before you post about it.
·Appreciate the followers you have, and don’t worry about what number you are at. If you’re active, engage in conversations, and say interesting things you’ll get more followers. Just have fun with it!
·Giveaways are very cool – especially if it’s a signed book or something I can’t just run out and buy. You don’t have to do tons of them – but once in a while it is very cool.
15 authors I suggest checking out:
Who are your favorite authors on twitter? Do you have suggestions? or if you’re an author on twitter, where can we find you? I’d love to hear who your favorites are and why – and perhaps add more authors to my follow list! I can be found at http://twitter.com/mayf – I’ll see you on twitter!