Twitter for writers.

Hello everyone. Happy new week. Quite a few people have been asking me about Twitter and some ways to be social on it without it taking over your whole life. It’s not easy!

Self-confidence meme by Lizzie Chantree 7.30

I feel that as a writer, it’s important to be on social media like Twitter, as it gives my readers and followers on there a chance to find out more about my personality and writing routine. If people enjoy my Twitter timeline, it makes sense that they might also like reading my books. I do schedule some tweets, but change them up every one to two weeks. Twitter doesn’t like posts to be repeated more than once every 24hrs, so be sure to only schedule posts for longer than this time. You can change one word in a tweet and it will count as a new scheduled tweet though. Most of these sites have brief tutorials of how to use them and the scheduling is pretty say to do. You literally type the text and set the time. If you do want to add images, then you sometimes have to use the paid version.

Mostly, I pop by Twitter a few times a day, to say hello and post updates about my writing. I add funny photos that fit with my writing theme, which is humour and romance and try to lighten people’s day, as this is what my books are about too, making my readers smile.

Let me know if you have any other apps that might help other writers. Have a fun filled and creative day!

 

Apps that work well for scheduling are:

Hootsuite

SocialOomph

Buffer

 

Book Marketing.

After deciding to publish my first book babe Driven, I then found myself in the position of not knowing how to promote it! I have learnt quite a lot over the last year and thought I would share a few basic tips I have discovered about finding readers your books on Twitter.

I have had a Twitter account @Lizzie_Chantree for some time, but only begun posting tweets at the start of last year. I quickly realised that it is a fabulous way to connect with other authors and people who love to read books. I now have over 19.7K followers and often chat to them about a whole array of topics, including my books.

There are some great ways to talk to your customers and promote your books on Twitter, with the use of hashtags, networking forums, and photos of your book covers.

The hashtags #kindle #ebook #book #MustRead #Novel #Paperback #Bookworm #GreatReads are good tags to include in your tweets.

To connect with other writers, you could use: #AmWriting #IndieAuthor #Writing #WriteChat amongst others.

#KPRS are the K Pearson family and they RT many tweets of their hashtag to their huge follower base.

In my opinion a photo is the best way to make your tweets stand out, as I find these tweets get the most RT’s. Photos work best at a set size, or they will appear as a link. 880 x 440 pixels as a rough guide.

Break your book tweets up with topical news about anything that interests you and that you think your followers might like to know about. There are lots of programmes out there that will help you manage your twitter account, so that it leaves you with time to write your books. Hootesuite is easy to navigate, as it CommunIt and ManageFlitter.

Have a great day!

From Lizzie.

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