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Tweet, Tweet! 20 Fan-Growing Tweet Ideas For Writers | Web Design Relief

Tweet, Tweet! 20 Fan-Growing Tweet Ideas For Writers | Web Design Relief

Using the social media platform Twitter is a great way for writers to build their audiences and gain fans. But the marketing experts at Web Design Relief know that the key to success on Twitter is to make sure every tweet isn’t a “buy my book” promotional push—you need better tweet ideas! People want to engage with you as a person and a writer, not as a pushy salesperson. You’ll grow your fan base more effectively if you tweet about what you’re reading, the causes you support, articles you’ve enjoyed, and even some photos of your pets (#caturday is a popular social media hashtag!). If you need some inspiration to get started, we have some fan-growing tweet ideas that will organically build your audience.

20 Fan-Growing Tweet Ideas Especially For Writers

#1. Actively locate your fans—don’t wait for readers to find you among the millions of accounts on Twitter! Use the search tool in Twitter to check hashtags relevant to your interests, find the followers of some of your favorite accounts, and locate people to follow who might be interested in you and follow you back.

#2. Tweet about the books you love! And if the authors of those books are on Twitter, don’t be shy—tag them in the tweet!

#3. Mention your favorite TV shows. There are lots of diehard TV fans on Twitter, and many of them enjoy reading too. Check out some accounts and hashtags that deal with popular shows, and start interacting!

#4. Retweet other people’s tweets. There’s power in the retweet—you’ll make your timeline something your followers will genuinely enjoy sifting through. Be sure to add a comment when you retweet to take the engagement one step further.

#5. Use memes. Humor is a great way to connect with your fans and followers. Reading- and writing-related memes are excellent tweet ideas and will best engage your audience, but anything you find funny will work! Just be sure to use memes the right way by crediting the creator.

#6. Ask for recommendations. Requesting advice from your Twitter followers is a great way to get them to interact with YOU. Ask for recommendations on which book to read next, binge-worthy TV shows, recipes, etc.

#7. Post photos. Having a photo in a tweet boosts engagement. You can tweet photos of book-related events, what you’re currently reading, the cover of the latest journal to publish your work, or the old standby: cute pets!

#8. Start a hashtag. Have something specific you want to discuss or do with people? Start your own hashtag. People have started small writing challenges, book clubs, and more with a hashtag on Twitter.

#9. Be funny! You don’t have to have the skills of a professional comedian—even a bad pun or “dad joke” will work. Humorous tweets are some of the most popular and offer the best odds of going viral.

#10. Tweet about literary journals. The majority of literary journal social media followers will be writers and readers, so the Twitter accounts of literary magazines are great places to see and be seen! Tweet about something you read in a recent issue and comment on the journal’s tweets! If you get published in a literary magazine, be sure they have your Twitter handle. Most will happily tag you in tweets about the issue your work appears in when it’s published.

#11. Know the writing hashtags: #amwriting #amreading #writerslife #amediting #writing #writingprompt #WIP #writingcommunity are some examples.

#12. Offer praise. If you enjoy a tweet you’ve read on Twitter, tweet about it, retweet it, and tag the person who created it in your tweet. You’ll boost your odds of getting your own retweets.

#13. Give shout-outs. Boost some of the accounts you follow by giving them shout-outs on your Twitter account. In this way, you’ll encourage your mutual followers to do the same for you!

#14. Use threads. If you have a funny or interesting story that is longer than the character limit of one tweet (currently 280 characters), utilize threads! Just keep replying to your previous tweet so that your audience can see/click on any of them and immediately read the entire story.

#15. Share interviews. Post a link to any interviews about you or your work. It’s a great way to usher people into learning more about you and your writing. Also share any interviews you conduct.

#16. Post about what you’re reading right now. Give your thoughts on how the plot is progressing, but don’t give away any spoilers!

#17. Play with polls. Conducting a poll is a fun, simple way to engage with your followers and encourage them to interact with you. HINT: Use a popular hashtag in your poll tweet so that more people will see it and participate, since polls are only active for a short while.

#18. Humble-brag about your successes. Don’t be shy about mentioning your accomplishments! Did you get an acceptance in a dream magazine? Win a contest? Speak on a panel? Appear on a list of some sort? Get into an awesome writing retreat? Share the good news! Just be careful to sound grateful, not pompous.

#19. Follow the best-known literary Twitter accounts. Here are just a few: @NewYorker, @WritersDigest, @StephenKing, @writing_tips, @thewritelife, @rgay, @JoyceCarolOates, @parisreview, @MargaretAtwood, and of course, @WritersRelief! Here’s how to use Twitter like a best-selling author.

#20. Join in on trending topics. Find ways to connect what’s trending with writing and reading—the topic doesn’t have to directly connect to you. By thinking outside the box, you’ll reach more potential followers and fans.

Remember, Twitter can definitely be a powerful marketing tool, but you won’t grow a strong follower base without showing your audience your genuine self. If you scroll through your favorite authors’ Twitter accounts, odds are you’ll see more than just promotional material—you’ll see some engagement featuring their interests and opinions too.

 

Question: What’s your favorite Twitter hashtag?

Writers: How To Use Twitter Like A Best-Selling Author | Web Design Relief

With over 336 million monthly active users, Twitter is still one of the most popular social media platforms. For this reason, you’ll find many best-selling authors using Twitter to connect with their readers, including Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Jodi Picoult, Rick Riordan, Neil Gaiman, and many others. The social media experts at Web Design Relief have some tips to help you take full advantage of Twitter to build your own reader fan base:

Make Smart Use Of Hashtags

Many Twitter users assume that when it comes to hashtags, the more the better to reach the widest possible audience. However, this may not be as effective as once thought. New studies show that the optimum number of hashtags per tweet is one or two at most. Here are a few hashtags that are specific to the writing community that you can try next time you tweet:

#amwriting – This tag is most commonly used when writers discuss projects in progress.

#WriterWednesday – Twitter absolutely loves alliteration, and Wednesday is the day for writers. This hashtag can be used to update your current (and potential) readers and followers as to what’s new in your writing life.

#WritersLife – Keep in mind many of these can be used together. #WritersLife is similar in intention to the previous hashtags.

#WriteTip – Share your experience and knowledge with the Twitter writing community.

These are only a few examples of the many writing-related hashtags you can use on Twitter. And you don’t have to stick with preexisting hashtags—you can make up your own as well!

Update Your Profile From Time To Time

Do you still have the same old Twitter profile photo from when you first opened your account? The one from three hairstyles ago? Time for a change! Many authors use professional headshots on their various social media profiles, but you can use something casual as well.

In addition to updating your profile picture, be sure to update your profile’s cover photo as well. This could be anything you’d like it to be: the cover of your latest book, a photo you took that represents you and your genre, artwork or images that will appeal to your fans and readers, etc. Just be sure to keep your images and style consistent across all of your social media platforms to help reinforce your author brand and make it easier for your audience to recognize you.

Remember to update your bio with current projects you’re working on, any new publication credits, and details that show off your personality.

Tweet During Peak Hours And On High-Traffic Days

Twitter experiences high and low activity times just like every other social media platform. While your peak hours may be relative to your location and the location of your audience, there are days and hours that absolutely have the most traffic. For Twitter, the best time to tweet is 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. on weekdays. This would be the perfect time to announce a contest to win your latest book or a genre-themed gift basket!

Utilize More Multimedia

Photos and videos are the best way to stand out from the crowd on Twitter. Share some photos or videos you’ve taken during a recent book signing event or a writing conference you attended—just remember to keep safety in mind. Tweet a photo of your book or the literary journal you’ve been published in. And yes, it’s true—cute photos of pets are very popular on social media, so go ahead and post that adorable photo of Fido or Fluffy. Your followers will enjoy a glimpse into your daily life.

If you’re comfortable, consider making a video of yourself and talk to your audience directly. Most laptops and smartphones make it super easy to create short, simple videos. Vlogging (video blogging) is growing in popularity in the online writing community. You might find that you enjoy this new way to interact with your readers and fans.

 

Question: What have you found most effectively boosts your tweets on Twitter?

8 Twitter Mistakes Writers Must Avoid

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Twitter has quickly become one of the most effective social media networks for writers. Even literary giants such as Stephen King and Margaret Atwood use Twitter to interact with fellow writers, fans, and publishing industry insiders. But as easy as it is to positively connect with all your Twitter followers, it’s just as easy to send a major faux pas flying across thousands of Twitter feeds in an instant.

Here Are Eight Of The Biggest Mistakes Writers Commit On Twitter—And How To Avoid Them!

  1. Submitting to agents and editors through tweets – Literary agencies and journals have submission guidelines and pages for a reason. Agents and editors are on Twitter to interact with fans, readers, and the writers they represent or publish, not to solicit queries and submissions. They consider it unprofessional for writers to pitch their works to them on social media networks, and it shows them that the writer has not done his or her research.
  1. Being inconsistent – Not using the same hashtag for a certain topic can cause confusion for your followers. We understand that in the flurry of tweets and trending topics, you might get caught up in the conversation; however, a little organization goes a long way. Keeping your hashtags and topics consistent ensures that people who follow you won’t miss anything important that you have to say.
  1. Neglecting @ mentions – Use the @ mention feature to direct your tweet at specific users so that they can spot your tweet and answer you right away. And don’t forget to reply to the tweets that mention you too!
  1. Tweeting infrequently – Maintaining an online presence reminds your followers that you’re there, you’re willing to engage, and you have interesting things to say. We don’t suggest that you glue yourself to your Twitter feed 24/7—but you should consider carving out some time in your weekly routine to check in online. You can even schedule your tweets for the entire week in advance using tools like Hootsuite to organize your Twitter feed. And if you don’t have the time or inclination to regularly tweet and engage with your audience, check out our Virtual Assistant program to see how we can do it for you!
  1. Cluttering up tweets with irrelevant hashtags – Using too many hashtags, especially hashtags that don’t have a solid connection to your tweet, can annoy followers. It takes up character spaces you could be using for your actual tweet, and spams the hashtag that doesn’t have anything to do with what you’re saying.
  1. Oversharing – Some writers air out their issues over social media, especially on Twitter, where they know they can get a reaction as soon as they publish their tweet. But oversharing is a turnoff for followers and potential readers! And flooding your followers’ Twitter feed with pushy sales pitches screaming Buy My Book! will cause them to quickly unfollow you.
  1. Networking, but not socializing – This goes back to what we just said about over-promoting: Twitter is for establishing connections and announcing exciting news, but don’t forget that you have to be social on social media! Strike up thoughtful conversations, jump into trending topics, and get to know people – don’t just cozy up to Twitter users you think can boost you and your writing.
  1. Treating Twitter like other social media networks – Twitter is not interchangeable with Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Snapchat, LinkedIn, or other social media sites. Take the time to learn how best to utilize what makes Twitter unique from the other sites. Twitter is a great means to post a concise thought, a witty observation, or an engaging prompt. It’s good to remember that Twitter is for easy conversation, not lengthy anecdotes, works of fiction, or professional opportunities.

 

QUESTION: What other mistakes have you discovered that writers make on Twitter?

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