Why should writers use Twitter?

If you’re a writer, whether you want to aim to publish traditionally or whether you want to self-publish, self-promotion is part of the deal. Having hung around various writers’ forums and blogs for a couple of years, it seems that very few people acquire a publisher who is able or …

Twitter: Dealing with Spammers and Scammers

If you’ve ventured onto Twitter, you’ve probably noticed that there’s an awful lot of stuff on there that you don’t want to see. What’s the best way to avoid the dross? Book Spammers Spam takes many forms on Twitter. ‘Book spammers’ are something that writers will come across almost immediately. This …

How Do I Fit That Into 140 Characters?

If you hang around my blog, you probably realise I’m keen on Twitter. I play regular Twitter games and interact with a lot of my writer friends there. The biggest challenge that Twitter presents is that of fitting what you want to say in 140 characters. It’s really not very …

How to Interact on Twitter

When people start using social media, most of them start with Facebook. Facebook is an easy place to start. A lot of people already have personal Facebook accounts, and from there it’s easy to gain more friends on your personal account or start up a page for business purposes. Generally, Facebook …

Twitter Games

I’ve recently started up a new group of writers on Twitter, via my writing workshop site, Scribophile. We have a group Twitter account with the username @scribotweeters, and we are going to start playing weekly games which everyone can join in. The image for the first game is at the …

Very Basic Guide To Twitter

These days, if you want to be a writer, you’re told you need to have an author platform. But what do those mysterious words mean? They mean having some kind of presence on the internet. And to be honest, if all you want to do is write books, the internet …