Are you in a slump with your Twitter account, unsure about what to tweet?
Or maybe you’ve never been entirely sure how to use this platform. Is that it?
No worries. Authors often complain to me that they don’t know what to say.
The truth is, when you’re starting out on Twitter, it can be challenging to know what to do, and at times, what not to say.
5 Steps to Better Tweets
If you’re stumped as you prepare your social media posts for the day (or week), follow these steps:
- Scan your Twitter lists. These are lists that you curate of people you want to keep track of.
- Look at your newsfeed. Your newsfeed contains tweets from everyone you follow.
- Check your notifications at least once daily.
- Review the profiles of experts in publishing and writing and colleagues who write in your genre.
- Sign up for Google Alerts and Mix to receive regular updates of interest to your followers.
What to Tweet? Check out These Examples
If you’re still perplexed, keep this list of 44 tweets nearby and refer to it every day. This list will always keep your tweets fresh.
- Quotes from authors you know
- Quotes from authors you admire
- Quote from authors about writing
- Quotes about reading
- Quotes about how reading is closely tied to writing
- Images of book covers from your favorite authors
- Images of libraries
- Images of bookstores
- Pictures of unusual bookshelves
- Books you like by other authors
- Tweets about your new blog posts
- Tweets about blog posts from colleagues
- Tweets about blog posts from experts in book marketing, writing, publishing, and social media
- Tweets that lead readers to specific landing pages on your website
- Tweets that lead readers to a popular Facebook post you wrote
- Vacation images
- Holiday images
- Images of your writing desk
- Pictures of an outdoor café where you like to write
- Photos of your backyard where you enjoy writing
- Images of your dog or cat
- Quotes from your book
- Expressions of gratitude
- Quotes from positive reviews of your books on Amazon
- Tweet quotes about writing tips and use the #WriterWednesday hashtag
- Tweet an inspirational quote on Mondays and include the hashtag #MotivationMonday
- Use the hashtags #1LineWednesday and #1LineFriday to tweet a great line from a book you’ve read or are reading
- Send a tweet and use the hashtag #FridayReads to tell your audience what you’re reading now
- Links to podcasts you’ve enjoyed
- Links to your podcast episodes
- Include links to a freebie you offer on your website
- Send a tweet for an email list signup on your website that includes an “ethical bribe,” a free gift
- Tweet a link so that people can download a free copy of the first chapter of your book or the first book in a series you wrote
- Information about book fairs and events of interest to your readers
- Ask for introductions
- Announcements of a Twitter contest you’re hosting
- Notify your readers when one of your books is available for free
- Occasionally tweet about your book but never ask people to buy it or fill your tweet with hashtags your readers won’t understand
- Announce the nominees and then the winner of the Man Booker Prize
- Share news about new nominees for the Pulitzer Prize and then share the winner’s name and the book that he or she wrote
- Share the good news about the world’s new Nobel Laureate in Literature
- Let your readers know about new books being released soon within your genre
- Tell your readers about the nominees for this year’s National Book Award and then announce the winners
- Share the news when you’ve won an award for one of your books
- Tweet quotes about your genres, such as what makes a good mystery or thriller novel
- Talk about new publications from famous authors who write in your genre
- Tweet fun/humorous images about books and reading
- Talk about the importance of literacy
- Tweet about developments that may be news-related that are pertinent to your genre
- Share a link to your Goodreads account, so your readers will know what you’ve read and what you’re reading
- Let your readers know when you’ve reviewed a book on Goodreads
- Share your reviews about your books that are on Goodreads
- Check trending issues and incorporate trending hashtags into tweets when it makes sense for your genre, novel, and brand
So, now you have 55 suggestions for tweets. By the way, you can use these examples for all of your social media updates, including Instagram and Facebook.
If you have additional questions about what you should talk about on social media, please contact me.
I am an author and social media consultant for writers. My emphasis is on building author platforms. I also provide content writing and email marketing services. Be sure to download my free Twitter ebook.