Twitter: do writers need it for a writer’s platform?

Twitter: do writers need it for a writer’s platform?

imagesTweet?  Twit?  What is this thing called Twitter and why do I need to be on it?  Because you are building a writer’s platform, you need to be where the people are.  Twitter is closing in on 200 million users and 30% of them have 6-figure salaries.  Authors, publishers, business people, reporters, celebrities and politicians are all on Twitter.  If for no other reason than to find out what’s going on, you should be on Twitter.

But how can it benefit you if you are trying to build a platform?

1- It’s a push tool.

Use Twitter to push people to your website or blog.  Enough people are on Twitter and following hashtags, that there is an audience for you.  Engage with other writers and you’ll find readers.

2 – It’s a great source of customers.

Twitter has people looking for products and in our case, books.  Authors promote other authors and word of mouth is still the best way to sell.  Get the authors promoting your book and you’ll see.  Use hashtag #amreading to find what people are reading.

3- Networking.  Networking.  Networking.

People in your industry are on Twitter.  Use it to connect and keep up with industry trends.  To keep track of them, use lists.  Make sure you are following people who are actually engaging, not just selling.

What other reasons do you think writers should be on Twitter?

Would love to hear from you!

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