AFter reading how much Twitter helped FizzyGrrl’s writing career, I decided it was time to sign up for my own Twitter account. I had been thinking about Twitter for a while now, and FizzyGrrl’s story pushed me over the edge. I finally did it. I’m on Twitter.
After a weekend of Tweeting and following about one hundred friends, celebrities, publishers, agents, editors, and so on, I’ve got to say it was totally worth it. Not only have I begun interacting with people I normally wouldn’t talk to at all, but I’m plucking nuggets of knowledge from the Twitterverse. For example, did you know Permuted Press is open for unagented submissions as of Saturday? Gold I tell you! If I hadn’t been on Twitter, and if fellow author Sharon Stephenson hadn’t found me, I wouldn’t have known about this exciting opportunity. Thanks Sharon!
Oh yeah, and Clive freakin’ Barker decided to follow me too. How awesome is that?
The point is to get out there and try different things. While I’m glad I have this blog, and I built Slushland up first, I’m happy to supplement it with my shiny new Twitter account. Find what works best for you and stick with it.
If you are thinking about trying Twitter, just use common sense. Twitter isn’t about how many followers you can attract, it’s about attracting the right followers. The girl with the sexy picture probably isn’t going to keep following you after two hours of you not following her. She isn’t real anyway. There are spammers on Twitter too. You should also try to verify the person you’d like to follow is actually that person first. Many boneheads set up bogus Twitter accounts to look like a real celebrity, or author. A little research before you hit the follow button never hurt anyone.
Just like anything else in life, don’t expect a miracle overnight. Building meaningful relationships takes time…and trust. Many people haven’t responded to my Tweets yet. I understand their reservations. They don’t know me from the next person. But I’ve begun to establish my Twitter identity. Hopefully, over time, I can show people who I am and what I’m about. Did I mention I started talking to a lovely editor of a good-sized press? She loves Firefly and so do I. The perfect conversation starter.
Twitter can be a handy thing if you know how to use it. And while the Twitterverse can be a big and scary place, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it for what it is. Just think, my future agent could be watching me from afar right now. It happened to FizzyGrrl, why can’t it happen to any one of us too? Btw, I’d like to give FizzyGrrl a huge thank you for helping me see the Twitter light. And congratulate her for landing an awesome agent. Well deserved.
As you can see, I’ve added a new column over on the right hand side of the blog. Yep, it’s titled Tweets From Slushland. Feel free to check it out and poke around Twitter. It may be the most important decision you make. Well, that may be overdoing it a smidge. Then again, you never know who may be watching…
You can find out more about Permuted Press and their call for submissions here.
Are you on Twitter? What experiences have you had? What advice would you give someone new to Twitter?