If you missed Rayne's treatise on "procrastination", be sure to scroll up to yesterday's blog and have a read!
1. Twitter is great for networking with other writers. Many writers – from hopeful novices to bestselling authors – have chosen Twitter as their main social network, and you can read their tweets by following them. To find writers, look for profiles with the word 'writer', 'author' or 'novelist'. Also look for tweets (posts) containing the word '#amwriting' which writers use to talk about their progress.
2. Experienced authors often share writing advice. You can find this by searching for tweets with '#writetip'. Since Twitter allows only 140 characters per post, these tips are simplistic. Don't view them as rules. Instead, treat them as suggestions to apply to your writing if and when they fit.
3. Connect with readers, especially those who enjoy the genre you are writing. Search for profiles containing 'avid reader', 'bookworm' or 'bibliophile', and tweets with '#amreading'. Also search for genre-specific words, for example, if you write paranormal romance, look for tweets containing 'paranormal romance', 'vampires', 'shapeshifter' and the like. Connecting with these people gives you insights into the audience you are writing for, and it builds a platform of potential readers who may one day buy your book.
5. Attract new readers to your books. Your tweets are mini-samples of your writing. Followers who enjoy reading your tweets will become interested in reading your books. A writer who can create interesting tweets will soon have a growing flock of fans. At first, coming up with interesting short posts is a challenge, but your mind soon becomes attuned to the challenge. Writers are creative and skilled with words, which gives us the advantage over everyone else.
6. Promote your books. Tell your followers about new releases, discounts, and when your book has won an award or hit a bestseller list. You can include a link to where people can buy the book and attach a picture of the cover. Take care not to deluge your followers with constant promotional tweets. That would bore or annoy them, and turn them off your books instead of attracting them.
7. Use Twitter to make valuable connections in the publishing industry. If you've chosen the traditional publishing route, you may want to follow major literary agents and small press publishers. If you have opted for indie publishing, Twitter is a quick way to find cover designers, proofreaders, editors, illustrators and formatters for hire.
8. Respond to fan mail. At the end of each book, invite readers to contact you on Twitter. Because tweets are short, readers find it easy to contact the author, and you can give them a personal reply without spending much time. Be nice to your fans; they may recommend your book and buy your next title.
There's much more in this volume of The Writer's Craft Series!