Author Marie Dunn says “I tweet to connect with my readers and other authors… and sometimes just to express random thoughts.”
Hmmmm, I said to self. And then I thought I’d try twittering harder. (Funny how our vocabulary has changed, isn’t it?).
For a while last year, I belonged to an online service that helped me find followers. I read that you needed to connect to your followers personally. I’m still not so sure how that happens when I follow almost 2500 people and the tweets pour into my home page 20 or more at a time. But when someone retweets me, I try to thank him. I try to respond to a personal tweet. I’m even part of a group of romance writers who tweet for each other.
How has it worked out? Well, I had my best year this year in sales. I can’t attribute it all to tweeting. Last year, I began blogging once a week too. Who knows what works in social media?
You need to write short when you tweet. And design your text for “usability.” Here are a few tips from an article called Twitter Postings: Iterative Design.
- Front load attractive keywords.
- Be specific.
- Leave slack in your original post if you expect followers to share it (below 130 characters).
- Don’t tweet on the hour. This author prefers 9:01 a.m. to reach from California to the U.K.
Here are a few of my compositions this year:
Tired of snow? Think KY Derby & spring! Horse races, charity parties and romance in one book: BETTING ON LOVE http://amzn.to/15R1xvM
KY COWBOY What happens when a pro bull rider comes home? http://amzn.to/1bb6iPM Bull riding is America’s original extreme sport. #PBR
He was so powerful. The ultimate warrior. She was his quarry. MY LORD RAVEN http://amzn.to/14TtLID #Medieval
TANGLED MEMORIES If you liked ‘Rebecca’ or ‘Jane Eyre,’ you are going to love this story. #Gothic #Romance http://amzn.to/1e44olF