Friday Twitter Tips - Marketing, Publicity, The Funny and Query Tips, Which Will Never Die

TwitterBirdTaps microphone. Hello? Shields eyes from spotlight. Anyone here?

There's a drunk slumped at a table with an empty bottle of Wild Turkey, a suburban mom with a tiny bit of spit-up on her shoulder and a man whose thousand yard stare can only mean he's at the end of writing a first draft. Thanks for sticking around, guys. Sorry for the delay. Traffic was a nightmare.

Where have I been, you ask? Working on the sequel to STILLWATER (coming Fall 2015), which means I've been procrastinating like a mofo. My favorite form of procrastination has been researching book marketing, which says to engage your readers/fans through social media--Twitter, Facebook, Blog--which I haven't been doing because I feel guilty I'm not working on my sequel.

The good news is, the sequel is coming along. It's still a hot mess, but it's getting there. I've also learned a few things about book marketing. Here's what I've learned:

  • Facebook isn't nearly the marketing dynamo everyone thinks it is. The posts on my page have very little reach, even when I share it on my personal page and my friends share it. Why? Because Facebook wants me to pay for promotion.
  • Heard the "you must have at least 2,500 Twitter followers" stat again this weekend. Apparently, this magic number will be the deciding factor for publisher's sales/marketing departments if they are on the fence about buying your book. Still think its a specious piece of advice.
  • Blogging is more difficult when your posts need to be more than just some random woman on the internet posting her thoughts about books. I have to look at everything I post through the "How Will This Help/Hurt My Book Marketing" lens, which has sucked what little blog creativity I had out the window.

But, there's always Friday Twitter Tips. No surprise my favorite tweets focus on craft and marketing/promotion these days. But, there are still a few query tips because they never, ever die.

Craft

https://twitter.com/nownovel/status/526768654533136384

https://twitter.com/WritersDigest/status/521980029027500032

Publicity/Marketing

https://twitter.com/authorStacyHoff/status/527439510645522432

https://twitter.com/carlywatters/status/524193572761767936

https://twitter.com/LizaDawsonAssoc/status/507931985914761216

https://twitter.com/carlywatters/status/501851316537135104

https://twitter.com/WritersDigest/status/500785357471088640

Because Query Tips Never Die...

https://twitter.com/sarahlapolla/status/497810023381499904

https://twitter.com/LZats/status/501749220526026752

https://twitter.com/WritersDigest/status/499869387621691394

https://twitter.com/EricRubenLawyer/status/498877155443757060

https://twitter.com/JennieGoloboy/status/497817537703579648

Things Only Writers Find Funny

https://twitter.com/penguinrandom/status/520307776468549634


 

PREVIOUSLY ON FRIDAY TWITTER TIPS

Article Links Edition

Do Your Homework

More Query Advice

 DFW Writers’ Conference Edition

Query Advice Edition

Writing Advice Edition

One Submission at a Time

#PubTips

#PubTips

#PubTips

#PubTips

Friday Twitter Tips - Do Your Homework Edition

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[embed]https://twitter.com/MKDB/status/473296674463313920[/embed]

[embed]https://twitter.com/literaticat/status/473160177269895168[/embed]

[embed]https://twitter.com/ChuckSambuchino/status/472815199507202048[/embed]

[embed]https://twitter.com/carlywatters/status/472767014000685057[/embed]

[embed]https://twitter.com/alecdshane/status/472134391742078976[/embed]

[embed]https://twitter.com/EricRubenLawyer/status/471607871369920512[/embed]

[embed]https://twitter.com/JennieGoloboy/status/469931486758449152[/embed]

[embed]https://twitter.com/JennieGoloboy/status/469930289108508672[/embed]

[embed]https://twitter.com/WritersDigest/status/469784889236398080[/embed]

[embed]https://twitter.com/AgentShea/status/469200603382816768[/embed]

[embed]https://twitter.com/SusanMacNeal/status/469098613919191040[/embed]

[embed]https://twitter.com/Renee_Nyen/status/466659881375006720[/embed]

[embed]https://twitter.com/ZulfiqarRashid/status/465880333720625152[/embed]

[embed]https://twitter.com/WritersDigest/status/471640179535777792[/embed]

[embed]https://twitter.com/kate_mckean/status/471330492231335938[/embed]

[embed]https://twitter.com/jsinsheim/status/462763493754540033[/embed]

Tweet of the Week

[embed]https://twitter.com/AdviceToWriters/status/462653016626061312[/embed]

Previously on Friday Twitter Tips...

More Query Advice

 DFW Writers' Conference Edition

Query Advice Edition

Writing Advice Edition

One Submission at a Time

#PubTips

#PubTips

#PubTips

#PubTips

Friday Twitter Tips: Mostly Query Advice. Again. #pubtip #querytip

With the ease of internet research, you'd think writers wouldn't keep making the same query mistakes over and over. But, you'd be wrong. https://twitter.com/Renee_Nyen/status/466659881375006720

https://twitter.com/AliceNicoleH/status/466577390400200706

https://twitter.com/LZats/status/466013761048825856

https://twitter.com/jawlitagent/status/465954427975647233

https://twitter.com/literaticat/status/465926248313544705

https://twitter.com/SarahGreenhouse/status/465843281600196608

https://twitter.com/gordonwarnock/status/465198395192537089

https://twitter.com/Michrichter1/status/464953239427768320

https://twitter.com/carlywatters/status/463307781366636544

https://twitter.com/byobrooks/status/463787652785778688

https://twitter.com/agentgame/status/462319015244091392

https://twitter.com/gordonwarnock/status/461979714236997632

https://twitter.com/byobrooks/status/463787652785778688

https://twitter.com/WritersDigest/status/465242484386590720

https://twitter.com/jawlitagent/status/461520453677637632

https://twitter.com/gordonwarnock/status/461202307724902400

https://twitter.com/bradfordlit/status/461186703961509888

https://twitter.com/Mary_C_Moore/status/460900346336796672

https://twitter.com/jawlitagent/status/460805702861467649

https://twitter.com/jawlitagent/status/460788700159676416

https://twitter.com/SaraMegibow/status/460780327741321216

https://twitter.com/jsinsheim/status/460203985220403201

https://twitter.com/WolfsonLiterary/status/459897340657410048

TWITTER TIP OF THE WEEK (for everyone suffering through yet another rejection)

https://twitter.com/LitRejections/status/459768474467053568

Friday Twitter Tips 5/6

Friday Twitter Tips 4/25

Friday Twitter Tips 4/18

Friday Twitter Tips 2/28

Friday Twitter Tips 2/14

Friday Twitter Tips 2/7

Friday Twitter Tips 1/31

Friday Twitter Tips 1/24

 

 

 

DFW Writers' Conference: Tuesday Morning Twitter Tips Edition

Since I am writing a full recap of the DFW Writers' Conference for a Sisters in Crime newsletter, I am not going to recap the weekend here. Though I will say it was outstanding. I learned so much and met many wonderful people. I also felt very 21st century. I took notes on my computer and, because wi-fi was free at the conference center, I was able to have Twitter open in the background and to tweet my favorite quotes from Donald Maass, Jonathan Mayberry and Les Edgerton, among others. So, because I'm still a teeny bit brain fried, I'm going to do a Tuesday Morning Twitter Tips, Writers' Con edition. https://twitter.com/SwampOfBoredom/status/463019723597168641

https://twitter.com/SwampOfBoredom/status/462962742777753602

https://twitter.com/LZats/status/462649834575376384

https://twitter.com/SwampOfBoredom/status/462961882144309248

https://twitter.com/SwampOfBoredom/status/462697309105451009

https://twitter.com/SwampOfBoredom/status/462662824854974464

https://twitter.com/NinaAmir/status/462646869412159488

https://twitter.com/SwampOfBoredom/status/462645931683246080

https://twitter.com/SwampOfBoredom/status/462600246065770496

https://twitter.com/DFW_Writers/status/462626728905416704

https://twitter.com/SwampOfBoredom/status/462598829745790976

https://twitter.com/SwampOfBoredom/status/462596217839427584

https://twitter.com/SwampOfBoredom/status/462595349312319488

https://twitter.com/DFW_Writers/status/462644165117882368

https://twitter.com/SwampOfBoredom/status/462330786041966593

https://twitter.com/SwampOfBoredom/status/462321976464273408

https://twitter.com/SwampOfBoredom/status/462321419439726592

https://twitter.com/SwampOfBoredom/status/462268264941228032

https://twitter.com/NataliaSylv/status/463072082692042754

 

 

Friday Twitter Tips, Writing Advice Edition

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Yes, I've fallen down on my Friday Twitter Tips so much I have a huge backlog of favorites to post. So many, the brilliance of the tips would be lost amid the avalanche. So, I'm focusing this Friday Twitter Tips on one particular subject: writing advice. Because writing advice is like dieting advice: you know it already, but it doesn't hurt to be reminded. https://twitter.com/DFW_Writers/status/456986286486589440

https://twitter.com/erinjorge/status/456504055305498624

https://twitter.com/DanielleBurby/status/455800573384982528

https://twitter.com/ALeeMartinez/status/454345104921083904

https://twitter.com/AgentShea/status/454258574597038080

https://twitter.com/DelilahSDawson/status/453144132475953152

https://twitter.com/UweStender/status/450292815868997632

https://twitter.com/UweStender/status/449525699981115392

https://twitter.com/susanorlean/status/446402111043948546

https://twitter.com/KatBrzozowski/status/444471572825661440

 

 

Friday Twitter Tips Volume 5: This Week's #PubTips Theme - One Submission at a Time

  https://twitter.com/Janet_Reid/status/439396047719510016

https://twitter.com/jawlitagent/status/438797629003411456

https://twitter.com/MKDB/status/439232049501597696

https://twitter.com/AlisonReads2/status/438807984005591040

https://twitter.com/jenniferweiner/status/438674375819030528

https://twitter.com/sarahlapolla/status/436924020718837761

https://twitter.com/AliceNicoleH/status/438341366142103552

https://twitter.com/BookaliciousPam/status/436913875749830656

https://twitter.com/maseditor/status/436553296573394944

https://twitter.com/maseditor/status/436553414991155200

https://twitter.com/LitAgentMarini/status/436533043562827776

https://twitter.com/Tina_Wexler/status/436156796685025280

https://twitter.com/sztownsend81/status/435507390013005824

https://twitter.com/AgentShea/status/436145222020780032

https://twitter.com/SaraMegibow/status/435466198071791617

https://twitter.com/NaomiLHughes/status/435415644628987904

https://twitter.com/MKDB/status/435075428575739904

Friday Twitter Tips 2/14

Friday Twitter Tips 2/7

Friday Twitter Tips 1/31

Friday Twitter Tips 1/24

Friday Twitter Tips - Roundup of Literary #PubTips from Agents and Editors

ALL ABOUT QUERIES

https://twitter.com/MKDB/status/431472056874434560

The same goes for pitching at conferences. You should only pitch completed work.

And this is why:

https://twitter.com/AgentShea/status/431266489313013760

https://twitter.com/jawlitagent/status/431438715991646208

https://twitter.com/jawlitagent/status/431439003712507905

https://twitter.com/SaraMegibow/status/431433726484938752

https://twitter.com/AgentShea/status/431265915179905024

Here she means offer from another agent or publisher:

https://twitter.com/jawlitagent/status/431060547660832768

https://twitter.com/MarleneStringer/status/431048646176436224

https://twitter.com/hannahnpbowman/status/430863100829782016

https://twitter.com/JennyHansenCA/status/431759373220589568

https://twitter.com/LitRejections/status/431141843288338432

Conference season is coming up. Read this:

https://twitter.com/WritersDigest/status/427117603862355968

TIPS ON CRAFT

https://twitter.com/gordonwarnock/status/429372198496006144

https://twitter.com/DFW_Writers/status/431273181408927744

https://twitter.com/JillCorcoran/status/431475137615912960

https://twitter.com/WritersDigest/status/428879905116651520

https://twitter.com/ForewordLit/status/431129636165005313

https://twitter.com/JennyHansenCA/status/430309824450928641

THE BUSINESS OF PUBLISHING

Not entirely sure where to slot this advice, so it's going here:

https://twitter.com/brooke_warner/status/431105002330136576

https://twitter.com/DonMaass/status/431126909230272512

This tip is more of a tip on professionalism than anything:

https://twitter.com/jawlitagent/status/431454556787322880

TWITTER TIP OF THE WEEK

https://twitter.com/MKDB/status/429663849319370753

Friday Twitter Tips 1/31

Friday Twitter Tips 1/24

Friday Twitter Tips - Roundup of #pubtips from agents and editors

I love following agents and editors on Twitter. It gives such a great insight into what they like, dislike and what is trending in the publishing world. Plus, some of them are interesting in their own right. When they tweet about the weather, opera, their children, cats, happy hours, well, it reminds us they are human and not robots reading and rejecting our manuscripts just because they can. I see so many good #pubtips on a daily basis. So, as a public service to my fellow authors, and as a way to keep the ones I like best easily accessible on my blog, I'm rounding up my favorites. My idea is for this to be a weekly post. Considering how sporadic my posting as been, and my general inability to follow-up with my Grand Blogging Ideas, I understand if you are skeptical of my ability to do this. At the very least, you'll get this one post, and that ain't nothing.

https://twitter.com/AngiNicole722/status/426732128374493184

https://twitter.com/AngiNicole722/status/426745267430248450

https://twitter.com/maseditor/status/426736347391348736

https://twitter.com/SaraMegibow/status/426448170596306944

https://twitter.com/SaraMegibow/status/423950383833042944

This should be a no-brainer to writers. That someone had to tweet this advice makes me sad.

https://twitter.com/RedSofaLiterary/status/424633576257093632

https://twitter.com/JennieGoloboy/status/418054153839976448

https://twitter.com/AliceNicoleH/status/426105668844548097

I especially love agents who do 10 queries in 10 tweets, or a similar series. You get lots of great tips and advice about what turns agents off. Margaret Bail has been doing 10 queries in 10 tweets consistently for a while now. Great info.

https://twitter.com/MKDB/status/426061250842202112