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Tip #2: Use Twitter
If you only use one social media tool, then I recommend Twitter. Social media sites can be a distraction and are often ineffective networking tools. Twitter is great because it is easy to learn and takes only moments to use. Plus, it’s popularity among those in the publishing industry–agents, authors, writers, editors and publishers alike–makes the time you spend Tweeting worthwhile.
Here are a few excellent resources you can use to get started:
- Twitter: What is it and why should authors use it?, Joanna Penn on her blog The Creative Penn
- How Twitter Makes You a Better Writer, Jennifer Blanchard on Copyblogger
- Time to Twitter: Using Social Media to Further Your Career, Kathi K. Browne on WOW! Women on Writing
- Newbie’s Guide to Twitter, by Chris Brogan
Once you get your account started, follow a few of these authors. You can learn a lot by watching how they interact on Twitter.
If you are a non-fiction writer, try following the publications, web sites or businesses you would like to write for. Their Tweets can give you the inside information you need to pitch stories and land jobs.
Are you a writer who already uses Twitter? What do you like (or not like) about it?
If you’re not a fan of Twitter, which social media tool do you prefer?