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January 27th, 2011
Thirteen Things For Authors To Tweet About

Thursday Thirteen

I’m fairly new to Twitter, and I’m always wondering what to tweet about. I subscribe to The Book Marketing Expert newsletter and this week they included an article covering things for people to tweet about. Here are a few of them.

Thirteen Things For Authors to Tweet About

1. Teach stuff – teach a little mini-lesson on Twitter. Delve into your area of expertise or just talk about book publishing and how to get published.

2. Share sites or blogs that your followers would be interested in. Be their “filter” to new and exciting information.

3. Use Twitter as a news source: you can easily announce news both from your world (as long as it relates to your topic) and from the world of your expertise.

4. Tweet any good reviews your book gets, it’s always fun to share the good stuff!

5. Feed your blog through Twitter using Twitterfeed.com

6. Use YouTube to share helpful videos you think your followers will love.

7. Run a contest.

8. Ask for advice or ask questions that encourage responses.

9. Talk about the latest trends in your industry.

10. Review a product or book on Twitter.

11. Post an inspirational quote or message.

12. Follow big names in your market on Twitter: this will often bring in their followers too, and you want to see what the “big guys” are up to.

13. Widen your network – follow other Twitter folk, this will not only give you some ideas for your own “tweets” but it’s a great way to network with other writers or professionals.

Source: Reprinted from “The Book Marketing Expert newsletter,” a free ezine offering book promotion and publicity tips and techniques. http://www.amarketingexpert.com

Are you on Twitter? If so, what is your Twitter handle? (I’m @ShelleyMunro) What do you tweet about?

16 comments to “Thirteen Things For Authors To Tweet About”

  1. I do some of these – and one other thing I do is follow cycling teams. Their tweets are frequently hilarious, and I’ve gotten so much material for the story, you wouldn’t believe it. :)

    Happy TT!

  2. Great advice! I’ve been loathe to try it because I’m afraid of the time investment but this is great. And why am I not surprised by Kimberly’s comment? :grin:

  3. Um….wow. You mean you’re not supposed to tweet about how much you hate your day job? :eek: who knew?
    It could be worse. I could be this chick.

  4. I don’t tweet anywhere near as often as I should. I kinda forget it’s there until someone new follows me. *blush* Then when I do remember, it’s for minor announcements and to geek out with other authors. I’ll have to look at these after deadline and see what might fit.

    Love the story ideas Kimberly mentioned. Twitter is like every overheard conversation on public transportation ever, in terms of raw story material!

    Happy TT,

    The Clockwork Courtesan

  5. For some reason I still haven’t gotten a twitter account. I will most likely break down soon and sign up , LOL.

  6. I don’t tweet, twitter or squawk… but I’m thinking perhaps I should. :grin:

  7. Great tips! I probably don’t tweet as much as I should. Though I did tweet this morning about Viggo playing the huntsman in Snow White and the Huntsman!


    My TT is at http://paigetylertheauthor.blogspot.com/

  8. Twitter is one of those time sucks that simply does not interest me.

  9. I use Twitterfeed, but have otherwise given up on Twitter because I got so turned around and disconnected there.

  10. I use to tweet a lot. I find that I don’t have as much time to be on twitter as I use to be.

  11. LOL Kimberly. Why am I not surprised?

  12. Darla – I haven’t used it a lot. I always put my writing first and do things like Twitter and Facebook when I have the time.

  13. Jennifer – LOL about the video. Our puppy didn’t like her voice at all.

  14. I’m @brattyhack I tweet about writing, beer, and other silly things.

  15. I have twitter, but am not a faithful user. I find it so fast, it’s hard to follow a topic.
    I do use it to announce contests, blog posts, etc

    I am @AdelleLaudan

  16. Never had twitter… Facebook is enough to occupy my day.