It’s that wonderful time again, the time for Insecure Writer’s Support Group day, compliments of our very own fierce and noble Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you think this group sounds like a good place for you and you’d like to join, click here.
It’s a simple process:
“Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.”
Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG
Alex’s awesome co-hosts for today are Tina Downey, Elsie, Elizabeth Seckman, and Julie Flanders! Please stop by and thank them for their generous time and effort.
Please help us spread the word about the Insecure Writer’s Support Group Website!!!
Part 2: How can authors use Twitter effectively to create relationships with potential fans?
Last month I discussed how to create an effective Twitter profile after explaining that Twitter is a free social media site in which people send out tweets with a maximum of 140 characters, and people on Twitter can follow anyone without asking permission (except for the few people who lock their tweets, which as authors we do not want to do).
I also said that as authors we want to be public on Twitter, sharing information about ourselves, other authors, topics related to our nonfiction or fiction books, and other well-worded tweets (no vulgarities, please) that might encourage people to be interested in us and, by extension, our books.
Okay, I’m going to assume that you now have an effective Twitter profile with a good photo and a well-written bio.
If you already have lots of followers, that’s good. If you don’t, use the search field on Twitter to find people interested in books, the topics of your books, and other related information.
For example, put ebooks in the search field and you’ll be provided a list of tweets mentioning ebooks. Click on the Twitter username of each of those tweets and see if you are interested in following that person on Twitter.
Now there is no guarantee that a person you follow on Twitter will follow you back (especially if that person is famous). But there is a good chance the person will follow you back if the information you share is related to the information that person shares.
By using different search terms related to your interests, you can start to grow a following.
And meanwhile, the name of the game on Twitter is sharing other people’s information rather than only tweeting about yourself and your own books.
When you look at the tweets that come up following a search, check if there are any tweets that you want to retweet. (Note that you do not have to be following someone to retweet that person’s tweet.) Simply hover over the bottom of a tweet to get the RETWEET button and click.
If someone retweets one of your tweets, you can thank that person. But just tweeting “thank you” doesn’t mean a lot to people following your tweets. I like to do this kind of thank you tweet that references the tweet and the link in the tweet: