I got lucky in being led to Twitter. A client already had a Facebook habit, so I joined his social network. Twitter took off while I was getting agile with Facebook, and before I knew it I was hooked on both.
Lucky for me, there’s a way to feed both of these networks at the same time. When I post to my Twitter feed — you can follow me at @ronseybold — it will update my Facebook news feed at the same time. Facebook has a program to help you set this up.
The Twitter experience leads to other writers and industry advice on craft and business. Mashable.com has a wonderful summary of “100+ of the Best Authors on Twitter.” Then there are agents and readers like AAKnopf, operated by the New York publisher.
The person Tweeting at Knopf advises
Go behind the covers with Knopf jacket designer @mendelsund in this @Omnivoracious interview: http://ow.ly/JwwX
That last bit is a shortened Web address, commonplace in the Twitter-sphere. Writer’s Digest has a fine summary of some of the terms and techniques in Twitter use in its cheat sheet. Among their bits of advice on becoming someone who Tweets on Twitter:
- Use your real name if possible. Make it easy for people you know or meet to find you on Twitter.
- Add a profile picture. Preferably this will be a picture of you. People connect better with other people, not cartoons, book covers, logos, etc.
- Link to a website. Hopefully, you have a blog or website you can link to in your profile. If you don’t have a website or blog, do that. Now. And then, link to it from your Twitter profile.
- Write your bio. Make this memorable in some way. You don’t have to be funny or cute, but more power to you if you can do this and still make it relevant to who you are.
- Tweet regularly. It doesn’t matter if you have only two followers (and one is your mom); you still need to tweet daily (or nearly daily) for Twitter to be effective. And remember: If you don’t have anything original to add, you can always RT something funny or useful from someone else.
Then there’s the matter of following lists. To track a collection of Tweeters writing about books, sign in to Twitter on its Web site and head to twitter.com/tweet09/books
The life of a writer can be isolated and solitary. In fact, that’s the best way to compose and refine your work. But you want connection with a community, too. If you can’t make it to a workshop, manuscript group or a writing group meeting, Twitter can keep you connected.