Warning – What Twitter Won’t Do For You

Did that get your attention?  So here’s the deal.  As an author, or anyone trying to use Twitter to promote yourself, you have to make Twitter work for you.  First, I’ve harped on this before, but you can’t expect to create an account, and then just have people follow you.  It won’t happen…

Once You’re Getting Followers

Treat them with respect.  Don’t bombard them with “buy my books” all the time.  Give out useful information.  Or better yet, when a follower tweets something you find interesting, retweet it.  Why?  Because that person is more likely to tweet one of your tweets.  And so on, and so on.  It’s all about…

Twitter Karma

MR Mathias talks about this in his book, The First Ten Steps.  This is a wonderful little book, loaded with tips on how to build your following.  It comes down to the old saying “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.  Help someone else out, they’re more likely to help  you out.  Don’t rip on someone in your Tweets, it can come back to haunt you.  Post…

Interesting, Informative Tweets

Some of your tweets can and should be about your books, but others should just be funny, informative, or a way to get others to find you elsewhere.  Ask your followers to find you on Goodreads, Facebook, Google+ or wherever else is the rage.  Tweet about other authors you like.  Show that you are a real person, and that you are as much about helping others as about yourself.  And don’t forget the…

Hash Tags

#mustreads #SampleSunday #ShortStorySaturday #writing #RT

These, and many more, help others who are searching for those terms find you.  Use whatever genre you’re writing in to tag your book.

Remember, it’s all about you building your following.  Use that following wisely.  Happy Tweeting!

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7 Responses to Warning – What Twitter Won’t Do For You

  1. Thanks, I hope it’s helpful to you.

  2. zencherry says:

    Great advice, the last thing someone wants to see on their feed is advertisement after advertisement. Gotta make it fun. Thanks for the hashtag suggestions too. :D

    • Yes, you want fun tweets too. The nice thing is that if you post about every hour, you can mix in “selling” tweets with other stuff. The nature of Twitter means that a cycle like that won’t typically offend because people don’t see all the tweets. Hm, maybe I should write a post about that lol.
      Thanks for commenting and joining the blog. I hope you enjoy my posts.

  3. zencherry says:

    I do like your blog, thanks! I try to have fun on Twitter and every now and then point out something I’ve done or someone else and their projects. I’ve found that the more I try to help others, the more they help me. Isn’t it nice to see the best of humanity in action? My tweeps rule and I’m awfully glad you’re one of them. :D

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