@alicepope: I’m writing an article on Twitter (aimed at writers and illustrators). What’s your best Twitter tip (in 140 characters or less, of course)?
In a matter of minutes my question had been retweeted several times and I’d gotten more than a dozen tips (from writers, editors, and other publishing professionals) which you’ll find below. This served as a great demonstration of how one’s Twitter community can be useful. I suggest you follow each of the wise tweeps who replied to me—and follow their advice as well.
- @HeatherMcCorkle: Twitter tip: Never write anything you don’t want to read on the front page of the newspaper. Could hurt your career later!
- @aliciapadron: tweet how you like to be tweeted
- @GirlsSentAway: Follow 80/20 rule: 80% professional tweets, 20% to show your personality. Interact.
- @EyeOnFlux: Avoid TMI (overly personal information). This begs the question: what DO most people use their Twitter accounts for? Professional? Personal? Should the two mix?
- @glecharles: Be relevant, always add value and remember, it’s SOCIAL media, not just an alternative RSS feed.
- @loniedwards: Tip: Download an add-on like tweetdeck to help sort. Especially during kidlit chats!
- @KateMessner: Just aim to be a friendly, helpful human being online. It’s much better self-promotion than shouting about your book.
- @Lynne_Griffin: I found this helpful “RT @EliseBlackwell @thefictiondesk “Be yourself, not your book.”
- @RuthSpiro: My tip: Connect w/folks OUTSIDE the writing/publishing world; they don’t encounter authors daily, and think you’re really cool!
- @wendy_mc: If you want your funny stuff to be retweeted, shorter tweets are better (leave room for your name)
- @BrianKlems: Be honest in what you post, be it personal or promotional. If you wouldn’t read it, don’t post it.