I’ve been on Twitter for several years now. At first I didn’t get it and it seemed rather an exercise in futility. Over the years, I’ve changed my tune quite a bit and now I’m a daily user with nearly 20,000 (!) tweets to my name and nearly 3000 followers. Recently, I’ve changed up how I use Twitter and if you’re a writer, I think the method may be of use to you.
Even as early as six months ago I was frustrated with my timeline. As someone who follows a lot of writers, I tend to see a lot of “BUY MY BOOK” tweets. Well, I few months ago I decided to light a candle instead of cursing the darkness. I started Re-Tweeting a lot of these folks. I fact I started retweeting a lot of things in my timeline. The response has been astounding. I now get several new followers every day, I am mentioned on Follow Fridays (#FF) more than I could possibly ever respond to and I have built some very cool relationships with other writers. I purchase a lot of their e-books that interest me and I’m genuinely happy to help promote their work.
In essence, when I changed my mindset, I changed my world. It feels great to help these wonderful folks and when I finally get on the writing bandwagon again, I know that I can count on the support of the folks that I have been helping. Pretty cool stuff. Also, I can’t help but think that maybe, just maybe, I’m interacting with the next James Pattterson or Stephen King. You never know.
So, my advice to writers is to get active on Twitter. Grow your followers organically. Engage. Interact and retweet your compadres working in the trenches the same as you. Check back and let us know how Twitter is working for ya.
Of course, a follow at www.twitter.com/GeorgeAngus would be very cool.