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 - 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.


 

 PREVIOUSLY ON FRIDAY TWITTER TIPS

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

[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]

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: Query Advice Edition

TwitterBirdIf you're a writer at a certain point in your career, you've heard the words "build your platform." In case you haven't,  in short it means engaging on social media, blogs, networking, yada, yada, yada, blah, blah, blah. Though I think too much emphasis can be put on platform building for unpublished writers, specifically those who spend more time blogging and tweeting than writing (you know who you are; stop it right now!), I appreciate the idea and I think in the long run, having a presence on Twitter, Facebook, a blog, blah, blah, blah, yada, yada, yada, will all pay off with greater exposure and more sales. But, that's down the road. For the here and now, what can an unpublished writer really get from these platforms? Besides lots of follows by people who only want to promote their own books? Well, if you're following the right people, you can get some great advice. I follow some wonderful writers (@deannaraybourn being my favorite author Twitterer by far) and they give brilliant advice and encouragement. But, if you want advice that will make a difference right now, i.e. land you an agent or sell your book, you should be following literary agents and editors. Some are more prolific twitterers than others. (I especially recommend Margaret Bail (@MKDB) for her almost daily 10 Queries Tweets.) But, all of their advice is useful. If you read along long enough, you'll have an, "Oops. I've done that" moment. You'll also notice a pattern in their advice, namely they can sound like a broken record. Seems like we writers never learn. Either that or we don't follow them on Twitter and listen to their advice!

In case The Twitter scares you or you're too lazy to bother, every (or most) Fridays, I round up my favorite Twitter #pubtips from the week. It's my very own public service to you.  This week's focus is on querying.

https://twitter.com/kate_mckean/status/458936933021151232

https://twitter.com/NYCeditor/status/458275481054642176

https://twitter.com/hannahnpbowman/status/456833668737425408

https://twitter.com/SaraMegibow/status/457178626861977600

https://twitter.com/MarleneStringer/status/456450748105388032

https://twitter.com/DebNemeth/status/456423862411214848

https://twitter.com/AliceNicoleH/status/456073213227712513

https://twitter.com/KatBrzozowski/status/454388209859182592

https://twitter.com/WolfsonLiterary/status/453519368866258944

https://twitter.com/jawlitagent/status/450644862925561856

https://twitter.com/ALRutter/status/449498326816534528

https://twitter.com/JennieGoloboy/status/448636494354202624

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 Vol. 4 - #PubTips from Agents and Editors

  Welcome to the fourth installment of Friday Twitter Tips where my sympathy for agents and editors grows ever more acute. Y'all see it all, over and over and over again. On behalf of every author out there, I'm sorry.

https://twitter.com/notjustanyboggs/status/434050562384863232

https://twitter.com/notjustanyboggs/status/434050346415976449

Personal story time: in fifth grade, Mrs. Starnes gave our class a worksheet, told us to read it through then complete the worksheet. Of course, I started answering the questions right away. When I got to the last question, it said to only answer one or two questions. Mrs. Starnes, looking very smug at the front of the room, didn't even have to spell out the moral of the lesson. Based on what I read from agents on Twitter, very few writers had their own Mrs. Starnes.
Read the agent's submission and query guidelines! They're all different!

https://twitter.com/MKDB/status/433699617016778752

https://twitter.com/MKDB/status/433697923549786112

Who doesn't want writing advice from a Dalek?

https://twitter.com/DalekAdvice/status/433669776888455168

Query Etiquitte

https://twitter.com/sarahlapolla/status/433624183004614657

Always good advice from Elmore Leonard:

https://twitter.com/BrianKlems/status/433327154277789696

Absolutely the way to get an agent to like you:

https://twitter.com/BookaliciousPam/status/433057904438964224

https://twitter.com/Fizzygrrl/status/433330802714087424

Hugh Howie, self-described self-publishing success outlier, makes the case for self-publishing, using numbers.

https://twitter.com/sarahw/status/433575992792453120

On the other hand, if you're self-publishing to get into traditional?

https://twitter.com/byobrooks/status/432954828118319104

Know your genre.

https://twitter.com/SaraMegibow/status/431839664048054272

Makes me glad I don't write YA.

https://twitter.com/SaraMegibow/status/431837870664339456

Moral of this tweet: Revisions may seem evil, but they're just misunderstood. Like Draco Malfoy.

https://twitter.com/lindaurbanbooks/status/431777225189621760

Moral of this tweet: don't be easy to mock. Oh, and get a friend to read your query.

https://twitter.com/TyrusBooks/status/431857758267142144

More editing tips. From editors!

https://twitter.com/BathNovelAward/status/432485095924965376

 

TWITTER TIP OF THE WEEK

https://twitter.com/gordonwarnock/status/432280332600344576

Previous Editions of Friday Twitter Tips

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