And now it’s Twitter’s turn. I’ve picked up all the posts I’ve ever written about Twitter and added them for you in a nice easy list – just pick the one that takes your fancy and give it a spin. You never know what you’ll get it, it could be a gem or a dud. It’s a bit of social media roulette really!
A Twitter account is a Twitter account is a Twitter account, but .. not all accounts are made equal and I’d like to make a few suggestions to those of us who already have accounts, as well as those who are thinking about venturing into the twittersphere. They may help to raise your profile as an author.
By the time this post goes live I’ll be part way through the presentation that inspired it. I promised several weeks ago that I’d share with you the very simple scheduling tools I use to try to make my life easier and here they are. You can view the presentation I’m giving at the BusinessXchange Creative Cooperation event in Dorset today below and I’ll try to distill the main points within the post. If you’d like to download my example sheets then you can find links to them at the end of the post.
In Broadcasting Powerful Messages with Twitter we learn that a Powerful Message is one which is heard by the right people, at the right time who then take the action you would like them to, whether that is to click on a link, share your message or follow you. It is very easy to get sucked into a life of tweeting randomly about your day, but whilst this might get you lots of followers, the likelihood is they won’t actually take the actions that can help you build your business.
I’m in the middle of a series of weekly (?) posts about how Authors and Writers could use LinkedIn more effectively if they wanted to and tomorrow I’ll be putting up a post about the Top Ten Groups for Writers and Authors.You can read the earlier posts on the Marketing for Authors and Writers page.
I’ve noticed two things from the posts I’ve already written; first very few people have commented on the posts and secondly those that have, have been less than enthusiastic. This makes me think that perhaps most writers and authors feel that LinkedIn is not their network of choice because they want to spend as much time as possible building that elusive Author Platform where they can connect with their fans quickly and easily. I would surmise that most seem to feel happier on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Shelfari or their Blog. It seems that LinkedIn may be dismissed because it’s for business and professionals and it’s not a fun, happy ‘share my cute photo of a cat’ sort of place.
I’m here to burst that bubble and I’m hoping that today’s post may just begin a process of swinging your opinion around just a little in time for tomorrow’s clincher.
I’m going to make a huge assumption here and that is that you are hoping that your writing will eventually pay off in some way and that you aren’t doing this just for the love of writing. I could be wrong but writing for the sake of writing, without any sort of recognition of ‘success’ (whatever that may mean to you) will eventually pale alongside the need to do other things that are considered more important.
If you’re a writer you will almost certainly have a blog and a Twitter account because let’s face it, Twitter and blogging were built with writers and authors in mind. Sometimes though it may seem as if you are writing into the wind, with your words drifting off into the distance without catching on anything or anyone at all. However, there is always something you can do about things like this and I thought I might start with a run down of the top ten writers lists to follow on Twitter.
You may well be asking why writers lists and not writers themselves?
When I was a child I looked forward to Christmas and birthdays with much anticipation because I knew that I would be showered with gifts from family and friends. However, one of the small inconveniences that my mother insisted on was that we neatly noted down who had sent the gift so that we could then spend a day following up with thank you letters. At first those thank you letters were written by my mother with a drawing (actually, more a scribble) from my siblings and I, later we progressed to writing our name, in large red crayon normally and finally we were tasked with the responsibility of managing our thank-you notes ourselves, choosing the day we wrote and then posted them.
If you have been using Twitter at all recently, you may well have noticed Tweets going out that may look something like #socent ….. but what on earth does that actually mean, and just what is the hashtag used for?