In the old days, writers built a following by earning the esteem of readers through great writing. Today, through the magic of social networks like Twitter, you can simply pretend to read thousands of strangers describing their brunch. Not familiar with Twitter? Webster’s Dictionary defines Twitter as “Kinda like Facebook, but without Farmville or family members you’re trying to avoid.” Lots of authors are using Twitter to advance their writing careers 140 characters at a time (yes, those count toward your daily word count). Here’s a few ace tips on how you can dominate the Twittersphere.
Follow the leader[pullquote]There’s a 1:1 ratio of Twitter followers to book buyers, according to a study that probably exists somewhere.[/pullquote]
Twitter allows us to establish relationships with thousands of potential readers every day. There’s a 1:1 ratio of Twitter followers to book buyers, according to a study that probably exists somewhere. You can get followers simply by following lots of people. Unless they’re inhuman monsters, they’ll feel pressured to follow you back. Yeah, this will clog your feed with flame wars and Pinstagrams or whatever, but you’re going to unfollow everybody once you get to 15,000 anyway. [Read more…]