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Twitter Tips for Indie Authors
Are you in a slump with your Twitter account? Or maybe you’ve never been entirely certain how to use this platform and what to tweet.
Don’t worry. I often hear this complaint from writers. The truth is, when you’re starting out on Twitter, it can be difficult to know what to do and what not to say.
If you’re stumped in the mornings as your prepare your social media posts for the day, follow these steps:
- scan your lists
- look at your newsfeed
- check your notifications and consider at what your readers are tweeting
- review the profiles of experts in your field
- go to Alltop.com to find the top blog posts of the day in your niche
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
- Quotes about reading
- Images of book covers from your favorite authors
- Images of libraries
- Pictures of unusual bookshelves
- Books you like that were written by other authors
- Tweets about your new blog post
- Tweets that lead readers to specific landing pages on your website
- Tweets that lead readers to a popular Facebook post
- Vacation images
- Holiday images
- Quotes from your book
- Quotes from your blog posts
- Thank you tweets
- Expressions of gratitude
- Quotes from positive reviews of your books on Amazon
- Use the hashtag #1LineWednesday to tweet a great first 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
- Free PDF
- Free first chapter of your book
- Free eBook
- 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
- Tell your readers about the nominees for this year’s National Book Award nominees 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 good on Goodreads
- Share your reviews about your books that are on Goodreads
- Check trending issues and incorporate trending hashtags into a tweet when it makes sense for your genre, book, and brand
About the Author: Frances Caballo is an author, podcaster and social media strategist and manager for writers. She’s a regular speaker at the San Francisco Writers Conference and a contributing writer at TheBookDesigner.com. She’s written several books including Social Media Just for Writers, Avoid Social Media Time Suck, and Twitter Just for Writers, which is available for free here on her website. Her focus is on helping authors surmount the barriers that keep them from flourishing online, building their platform, finding new readers, and selling more books. Her clients include authors of every genre and writer conferences. Not sure how you’re doing online? Ask Frances to prepare a social media audit for you.