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


 

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My Path to Getting Published Blog Tour

My workshop friend, Brooke,  started this pretty cool blog tour idea in a post for Carve Magazine. I volunteered to participate, though I am not going to tag five people. Feel free to post about your own path on your blog. 1.    Where are you on your publishing path?

I signed a contract with Skyhorse Publishing last month. My debut mystery novel, STILLWATER, will be published in hardback in October 2015.

2.    How long has it taken you to get there?

I started writing ten years ago. I attended my first writer's con in 2012, I signed with an agent in 2013 and signed a publishing deal in 2014.

3.    What’s your journey looked like thus far?

My mentor, Mark, told me recently I have done this whole publishing thing by the numbers. Finishing a book, getting an agent, getting a deal. It sounds like it was easy and painless and, if I'm honest, it probably has been an easier journey than many or most writers go through. Why? I don't know. It's not because I'm good at pitching or write a clear, gripping query letter. In fact, I'm pretty terrible at pitching and query letters. Don't even ask about synopses. My success has been a mix of talent, luck, perseverance and the confidence that, no matter how long it took, I would get published.

4.    What’s your future look like?

NYT Bestseller, baby! At least, that's the dream. Isn't it every writer's dream? Realistically, I want STILLWATER to sell well and for the second book to be picked up. I want the historical fiction novel my agent is submitting to publishers in the fall to be picked up. But, most of all, I want to continue to write, for people to read and enjoy my work.

Friday Twitter Tips - Article Links Edition

TwitterBirdMonday, we will have another My Process Blog Tour entry but today it's Friday, and that means Friday Twitter Tips. I know how y'all love a schedule, so I'm sticking to my schedule. I don't know about y'all (you know you're from Texas if you use "y'all" in two consecutive sentences), but I'm getting a little tired of the same old query tips. So, today's theme is Article Links. Below are tweets promoting articles as varied as how to plan a blog tour, how to increase  your productivity, how to set up Google Authorship in Wordpress and more!

[embed]https://twitter.com/gordonwarnock/status/476745615221993472[/embed]

[embed]https://twitter.com/olsonkayla/status/476745594879229954[/embed]

[embed]https://twitter.com/nfrail17/status/476354915485634560[/embed]

[embed]https://twitter.com/WritersDigest/status/474884684934291456[/embed]

[embed]https://twitter.com/BadRedheadMedia/status/470020089409200128[/embed]

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

[embed]https://twitter.com/SassyOutwater/status/469799650716053505[/embed]

[embed]https://twitter.com/pwheeler_agent/status/458228927992176640[/embed]

If you have a helpful or interesting article about writing you'd like to share, please post it in the comments!

Next week, I am going to post the Six Query Tips I've Learned from Compiling Friday Twitter Tips, your one stop post for Six Query Tips.


 

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Friday Twitter Tips - Do Your Homework Edition

[embed]https://twitter.com/MsMariaVicente/status/474638891358896131[/embed]

[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]

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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

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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