Welcome to my Writer’s Journal where you will find my step-by-step journey as I write Something about Hera.
Twitter has been, since 2006, the Internet-based equivalent of SMS on our mobile phones. Do you remember the time when if our SMS exceeded a certain amount of words, the provider divided it into two or three messages and charged us for the subsequent number of SMS? Aren’t you glad these times are over?
A “Tweet” is like an SMS. It used to be capped at 140 characters and is now allowing us to send messages that are 280 characters (about 4 lines) maximum. In our perpetual search for new information, I personally find these punchline-like feats to be absolutely convenient and sufficient. The reader understands the message instantly. If there is a need to read further, there will be a link to follow and the reader will be redirected to the full article. No time wasted.
I have had a Twitter page since 2011, and at times, I would post and react, but not very successfully, because I did not have a system in place. Here is my complete TWITTER strategy.
Expand my audience and engage my readers.
Follow the hashtags corresponding to my strategy:
For example: #ScribeChat #LitChat #YALit #StorySocial
Connect with writers in my genre and review books:
I have noted some of the influential authors in my niche, something around the topics of YA Literature, Gay romance mixed with witchcraft: Josh Lanyon, J.L Lagley, Tanya HUff, Mary Calmes, Mercedes Lackey, Cardeno C., Tamora Pierce, Christina Laurens to name but a few.
Once a month, I will look for an indie writer’s book to review.
Talk about interesting events in my genre:
Pride, contests, book fairs, writing seminars, book signing etc.
I am also interested in TWITSTORIES. This is a special way of using twitter to grow an audience. Everyday for a short period, I would publish an episode of a story. This is an exercise requiring special skills, since the words have to be chosen carefully (because of the word count) and the reader has to be kept exciting enough to come back and look for the sequel at some point the next day.