Hello, my name is J.H. and I’m a Twitter-aholic.
It wasn’t always this way. Until recently, I was on Team Facebook. I didn’t see the point of Twitter. Then a friend told me about TweetDeck and I was forever changed (Thanks, Drew!). HootSuite will suit you just as well, if you prefer.
Why am I suddenly so obsessed? For one thing, Twitter is awesome for writers. Here’s five reasons why.
1) Time on Twitter, wisely used, instantly pays off. In just a few weeks, I’ve more than doubled my followers. A good percentage of my blog traffic now comes from Twitter. I have four new blog followers and a ton of opportunities have come my way. I could be on Facebook all day, everyday, and not get the same result.
2) #MSWL: This stands for Manuscript Wish List, and it’s the most brilliant tool for writers I’ve ever seen. When a #MSWL Twitter party is on, agents, editors and publishers (mostly agents) tweet what types of stories they’d love to see cross their desks. It’s a great way to find agents who are a good fit for your work, and I’ve also gotten the idea for a new novel from it. It’s a vast wealth of information for authors that you simply can’t find anywhere else.
3) #pitmad: Pitch madness is another Twitter party where writers can pitch their work directly to agents and editors. If an agent “favorites” your pitch, they want a partial (sometimes even a full). It’s an amazing way to skip over the slush pile. There are pitch parties for various genres at different times of the year. #AdPit, which is for any book intended for adults or New Adults, is going on today! I was so excited about it I found it difficult to sleep. I’ll be pitching Dragonfly Summer there all day.
4) #tenqueries: Participating agents go through ten queries on Twitter, tweeting about why they rejected each one or–in rare cases–asked for a partial. It’s invaluable information.
5) The writing community on Twitter is very strong. We support each others’ launches and blogs, share information, and just connect with each other. If you follow a writer on Twitter, nine times out of ten they will follow you. It’s not like Facebook, where many people don’t feel comfortable friending someone they don’t know personally. This opens up an entirely new world where you can easily find like-minded souls who share your interests and cheer you on.
What’s been your experience? Do you Tweet? Have you found it helpful? Why or why not?
If you’re a writer with a finished adult or new adult novel, make sure you take part in #AdPit today. It could be the opportunity of a lifetime!
And, oh yeah…please follow me on Twitter! @Holli_Moncrieff