If I had to choose between Facebook and Twitter, Twitter easily would win the competition.
There’s a reason I’m a Twitter fangirl (woman). Twitter, more than any other social media network, has been extremely good to me.
How? Let me explain.
Shortly after joining Twitter, I discovered a Facebook expert from Malaysia who almost rivaled Mari Smith.
Well, no one can rival Mari’s success as the Facebook Queen but this person almost did. In fact, Mari would comment on her blog posts as well as tens of other ardent fans.
One week, to my surprise, she included me on a list of social media rock stars and included my picture and comments about Facebook.
Then I met Tony White, who lives in Wales. He asked me to write a post for his popular blog and ever since then I enjoy book sales in the U.K. every month.
I could go on, but you get the idea.
This is why I encourage writers to always include social media in their marketing strategies. You’ll meet people and make connections with people who will help you sell your books and promote your skills.
Why I Think Twitter is Awesome for Writers
Now here are seven reasons why Twitter is awesome for writers.
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- If you are active on Twitter, it will refer a ton of traffic to your blog and website. (Twitter is my #1 source of website traffic.)
- There is a large community of Indie authors on Twitter who are willing to help you promote your book and form supportive alliances. Endeavor to meet other authors in your genre, share blog posts, and promote each other on Twitter.
- Twitter will help you to market your books.
- Twitter is where the news happens. If you read newspapers or listen to the radio, your news is old. What happens around the world is reported first on Twitter. How does this help you as an author? As an online marketer, you need to stay abreast of the news to incorporate big stories in your posts. Who knows? Some events might even relate to your books. For example, if you write a young adult novel featuring a young, female athlete, you’d want to tweet about the Women’s World Cup.
- You can use hashtags to easily find your readers, book bloggers, reviewers and literary agents on Twitter. You can also use hashtags to find people who love to read. Using the Advanced Search feature, you can find the right people to follow for your genre or niche.
- Who wants to write long updates after spending the morning writing your next chapter? Twitter is great because the platform limits you to just 140 characters, including spaces. Of course, you’ll want to keep your tweet between 70 – 100 characters so make space for retweets.
- As in my example, on Twitter you’ll meet bloggers who will help you to advance your career as a writer by offering you various opportunities, including guest posts, mentioning your books, or retweeting you.
What do you like about Twitter?
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About the Author: Frances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. You can receive a free copy of her book Twitter Just for Writers by signing up for her newsletter. Connect with Frances on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+. Be sure to check out my Social Media for Authors Podcast.