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Use Twitter to Boost Your Writing Career

Updated on June 26, 2010

We all heard of Twitter but some aspiring writers may not know how to use this social networking site to boost their writing careers. Below I will examine Twitter.com and tips on how to use Twitter to help your writing career.

First, let us examine the purpose of having a social networking profile.

Why Social Networking?

We all know that word of mouth is the most powerful form of marketing. With a profile on a site such as Twitter, you have the opportunity to connect with hundreds of people who may be interested in you and your work. Connecting online with people with similar interests is the first step to becoming a household name.  You have an opportunity to display your writing and skills, and readers can browse your writing easier and faster than in bookstores. Social networking is almost as important as any other form of marketing out there.

Twitter: How to get started.

Twitter is the fastest growing social networking site right now. Everyone tweets from Oprah to the guy next door. If you have a favorite celebrity, musician, or author the chances are you will find them on Twitter. And what makes Twitter so fun and addictive is that there are a lot of your favorite people who will have a conversation with you (even if it is one hundred-and-forty characters at a time).

Twitter takes a minute to get used to but by no means is it impossible or difficult. Actually, it’s simple. Once you dedicate a couple hours to familiarizing yourself with it you would believe the same, I am sure.

Start by signing up. If you are a writer, use your author name as your username, doing so will make it easier for others to find you. You can add a picture, a short bio, your location and customize your profile background to your liking. All this is to set up your presence in Twitterland.

The trick to successful tweeting is to play around with it and learn where every button links. You have six buttons on the top right corner of your profile that are self-explanatory.  Below those is the number of followers you have and the number of people you follow. To get some followers first you have to follow some folk.

Search and follow those who interest you. Do not just follow the big celebrities but the average Joes who seem interested in the same things you are. Do not be afraid to click names and pictures. It will take you directly to that person’s profile where you can read some of their tweets to see if you want to follow them. If they are interesting, follow them and every time they tweet, you will receive a copy of their messages on your homepage.

Once you are a follower, start communicating. Read other’s tweets and respond to them. A simple, “Thanks for sharing!” reply is greatly appreciated and can earn you some follows.

However, remember, just as you are looking for tweets that interest you, others are looking for tweets that interest them. So start sharing but be interesting. Share a little more than “what you are doing now.” Talk about your favorite books and what makes them your favorite. Talk about a tweet you saw that intrigued you or talk about one of the Trending Topics since they will most likely be very interesting.

Wondering if others are talking about you or your tweets? Or maybe someone replied to one of your tweets or replies. Then click on the @yourname link.  It will take you to a page where all the replies directed to you are stored.

How Do I Make Twitter Work For My Writing Career?

Simple. Talk about your writing and/or your websites. Update your profile with links to your books, website, blogs or social networking site.

BUT . . . and this is a big but, Do Not Spam.

Everyone hates spam but the spammer. Do not just update your page with links to your stuff because people will stop reading your tweets or worse, they will never follow you or un-follow you. Engage with others, this is the point of being social. Retweet other peoples tweets that are interesting or that you think your followers would think is interesting and give useful tips or info. Be a useful and interesting Twitter presence.

Exercising these easy steps will help you familiarize yourself with Twitter and ultimately boost your writing career on this popular website. Moreover, you will meet tons of interesting people.

 

Leslie Lee Sanders

www.twitter.com/LeslieLSanders

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      Mikal Smith 7 years ago from Vancouver, B.C.

      Thank you so much. This was exactly the info I was looking for. I created an account for my pen name and then realised that I had no idea what do with it :)

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      Leslie Lee Sanders 7 years ago from Queen Creek, Arizona

      Thanks, Juana and KoffeeKlatch! I appreciate you commenting.

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      Susan Hazelton 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great tips. I will have to look into trying it.

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      Juana Ortiz 7 years ago

      Thank you, for all thes tips.

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      Leslie Lee Sanders 7 years ago from Queen Creek, Arizona

      Thank you all for your comments! jimbody, the 140 character limit can make some of your tweets look more like a text message but I find it keeps me focused and from rambling.

      Hello, hello: Connecting with your readers/followers on Twitter is just as important as commenting on every hub. Although, I understand how hectic it can get, you must make time to be social on Twitter for it to work for you effectively. Kudos for taking the first step and signing up!

      Thanks again for all your comments! I enjoy feedback.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your advice and help. I signed up with them and posted my URL from hubpages on it. I have receiveced a few followers and signed-up follows but to communicate I hadn't done any because hub takes a lot of my time commenting. I am not complaining I am just explaining. I comment on every hub of my followers because I think I would like to have a come-back so I have to this as well at the same time I enjoy reading their hubs.

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       7 years ago

      Great hub - I am a writer and I have found work on it through connecting with new clients, so it definitely works!

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      agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Yes, I think social network is very effective for marketing purposes. Thank you for sharing.

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      jimbody 7 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I've always been wary of Twitter, the 140 character limit seems to perpetuate poor grammar and horrendous spelling shortcuts. But after reading this hub maybe I'll give it a try. Thanks for the information!

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