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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Social Media And You - The Twitter: What The Tweet?

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Once upon a time, you wrote a book, you got an agent, you got published, and you did a few hours at a book store signing copies of your books.
You're a writer. The end.


Not anymore. Now, writers are supposed to have a platform, a following, and be marketable long before their books ever see the light of day. Some say it's important to have a "Social Media Presence" even before your final draft is finished!

"Many agents and publishers won’t look at you, if you don’t have a big enough platform (Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, and more) followers." -- Devin Berglund


I don't know about you, but I like to write. I do not like to do the "business". Social Media is time consuming. It's frustrating. It's confusing. I'd much rather be writing than trying to promote my writing-- which I have less time to do because I'm busy trying to learn The Twitter.

PROBLEM: You need the social media.

SOLUTION: Use the force.


Okay, maybe that's better left to the Jedi Masters, but it just so happens that I know some Jedi Masters. They have so much wisdom that we cannot cover it all here today, so let's just focus on the Social Media Thingy that gives me the most "WTH?" moments.

I call it "THE TWITTER".

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Dun Dun Dun...



Social Media Jedi Devin Berglund of Life & Writing Wanderlust loves Twitter! She loves it so much she's started a monthly #WritingHarvest Twitter Chat! But let's not get ahead of ourselves. I want to talk about this post:

HOW TO USE TWITTER!



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Tweet Tweet!
Because, if I'm being honest (and I am) I don't get The Twitter. I try to get it. I even toss up some tweets daily. Am I doing it right? Doubtful. I headed over to Devin's to see what I am doing wrong and how to do it right. She's got some AMAZING TWITTER TIPS, but more than that she has step-by-step instructions from beginning to end on how to do The Twitter. She also covers Twitter Etiquette! I really should have started with Devin's how-to before I got all giddy and started Buffering things to tweet about. Yikes.





Once you know how to use The Twitter, you're ready to visit Jedi Master Natalie J. Pierson over at Read Write Muse. Natalie's going to show you:

HOW TO ROCK YOUR TWITTER!

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I'm not going to lie. I printed this one out. I'm in the process of trying to memorize it. Not only will I learn The Twitter. I will ROCK The Twitter.  When you finish reading this one be sure to check out her other posts about Twitter. Another favorite:

 

3 Amazing Apps To Simplify Your Twitter World!

Remember the Buffer I mentioned? Yeah, you'll find out more about that one here. Amazing little app that has saved me so much time and made my "social media musts" less of a time sucking process.


Now That You Know How To:


USE THE TWITTER
ROCK THE TWITTER
SIMPLIFY THE TWITTER

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I hope if you struggle with the Twitter this post will send you to just the right places to help you grab it by the wings and take charge like the boss that you are!
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5 comments :

Natalie Pierson said...

Thanks for the shout out, D.M.! Once you get used to Twitter it's easy peasy. And I think you're doing awesome!

Great post =)

Colette Pedersen said...

The Twitter. *sigh* I am trying to get the hang of Twitter. Thanks for the tips on how to ROCK it!

DM Kilgore said...

Thanks Natalie- your posts are so helpful!

Colette - WE CAN & WE WILL! Eventually. LOL

NaturallyBec said...

Great!! I need to read all the links and learn the twitter! I had a twitter account just sitting empty until the Re:Write conference (since I wanted to get in on the hashtag fun). Now I have no idea what I'm doing but I've just been getting stuff out there, this will help tons!

Katie Cross said...

What the tweet is right! It's taken me awhile to love twitter, but it's slowly growing on me these days :) I always see Devin's tweets over it and wonder if I should join that little movement of authors as well!

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