The Twitter Secret by guest @DanaLeipold
Today please help me welcome author and writing coach Dana Leipold to the blog as she shares her secret to Twitter success.
My real life friends often ask me, “Why do you do that Twitter thing? I don’t get it.” At first, I didn’t get it either but now I see the power Twitter has to help writers and author build the ever-important platform. There are a bunch of things you can do to build your following and find readers, which I’ll outline coming up but first here’s something people don’t often understand about Twitter:
The secret to Twitter is acknowledgement.
Everyone wants to be recognized and acknowledged. That holds true on Twitter. In that big, wide, world of tweets all most of us want is for someone to notice us (because getting a reality TV show is not on everyone’s agenda). Most people, like me, love it when someone retweets one of their tweets or when someone recommends a link that they tweet. That’s what Twitter is all about. It’s sharing and connecting but MOST important is acknowledging someone.
There are several ways you can acknowledge people on Twitter:
- Retweet– this is probably the easiest way. When you see a tweet from someone you follow that you like or you want to share, copy their tweet and put “RT” next to their handle. It’s the best way to make sure they see that you retweeted their tweet. You can also just click the retweet button but I think it’s more personal if you do it the other way (and it shows that you took the time).
- Mentions– you can just mention people you follow and share what they are good at or what their major contribution to Twitter is. For example, if you follow someone who shares great recipes you mention their Twitter name (@Twittername) and then say what you like about them: .@Twittername has got some great recipes! Check her out!
- Hashtags– a hashtag is a filtered search of all people who tweet something related to that hashtag. It’s a quick way to see what’s going on for certain topics. For writers and authors, there are tons of ways to recognize others using specific hashtags. Like the #WW hashtag, which stands for Writer Wednesday. On a Wednesday, you can use the hashtag and list the Twitter names of writers you want to give props to. It is sort of like the #FF hashtag which stands for Friday Follow. You simply list people you follow on Friday that you suggest to the people that follow you. #MondayBlogs is another great one for indie writers and authors.
Twitter can be confusing for those who are new to it or who have never tried it. But it is a very powerful tool for building your author platform. Once you know the secret, it’s a snap!
About Dana Leipold:
Dana Leipold, author and writing coach has 16 years experience as a marketing copywriter and has self-published two books, Stupid Poetry: The Ultimate Collection of Sublime and Ridiculous Poems and The Power of Writing Well: Write Well. Change the World. She just finished her first novel, Burnt Edges, available for pre-reading on Wattpad and available October 2014. In addition, she founded POWW School–the place where writers of any genre can learn the power of writing well, and where she coaches other writers on story structure, messaging, and writing skills so they can achieve their dreams to become published authors. She also loves coffee and yoga pants. Dana is on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and GoodReads and her websites: www.danaleipold.com and www.powwschool.com.
Abuse or an uncertain future. This is Laurel Lee Page’s choice when she is faced with an unplanned pregnancy at 18. Born into a broken family, all she has ever known is guilt and shame. No matter what she does or who she meets, Laurel appears to be living a condemned life but she is determined to find independence and freedom in spite of her family’s legacy of hatred and self-contempt. Can Laurel see that she is in a powerful position, poised to break the cycle of abuse? Set in Southern California during the tumultuous 1960s era, Burnt Edges is based on true events and proves that strength can be found even in the most horrific situations.
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