A friend and fellow author Alison DeLuca is launching Fantasy Island Book Publishing's blog series: Social Media for Authors. Her post is the fisrt part of this traveling series Pt. 1: A New Star in the Twitterverse. Here is a taste:
When I finished my book, agents and publishers never called or rang the doorbell. Once I was live on Amazon, the throngs of people clamoring to shell out three clams for my book also failed to materialize. I had to go and get them, one at a time.
One of the main tools I use to do that is Twitter. It’s a great resource for writers - in fact, I would hazard a guess that a lot of tweeps out there are writers.
When I started marketing, I had 17 followers. I now have close to 700, three months later. If you are starting off from scratch, I suggest you use your writer’s name as your twitter username, or your name + author if it’s not available. Go to Twitter .com and build a profile. Be certain to upload a nice photo – one that looks good humored or that has a bit of sass to it.
Include a short bio that mentions what your connection is to writing, as well as a link to your blogspot (more on that later.) The next step is to get a whole boatload of followers.
I built a following by participating in #WW or #WriterWednesday, and #FF or #FollowFriday. If you put some of your followers’ names in a tweet and add those hashtags, they will do the same for you. They’ll know you have done that because they will click on the @Mentions, which will bring up all the tweets with their names in them.
At a certain point the following will just start building on its own, especially if you take the time to say thank you to every new follower...
For the complete interview see Alison's blog Fresh Pot of Tea
And be sure to check our her bestselling Young Adult book:
The Night Watchman Express