But what do I tweet?

TwitterMaybe you’re already on Twitter — you’re active and tweet every day, you follow fellow authors and your readers, you enjoy following news and interacting with the Twitterverse.

Or maybe you don’t get it at all and wish Twitter would just fly away.

We’ll leave the arguments for and against alone for now, but if you’re new to the platform, or if your book is about to launch and you’re wondering how to boost interest (and sales!), here are some suggestions:

  1. Pictures of your cover — of you! — and of your friends and family reading/posing with your book
  2. Launch date info with links to order from OSV, Amazon, BN.
  3. Let people know when the ebook version (with links) is available.
  4. Book signings with location, dates and times. Take pictures and tweet those!
  5. Talks or speeches — have someone take pictures and tweet!
  6. Webcast dates, with reminders that your webcast is available afterwards
  7. Links and news about your book topic
  8. Follow similar authors/writers/experts and retweet interesting news, with your comments
  9. Share interesting facts/Scripture/quotes about your book topic
  10. Watch your ‘mentions’ and be sure to interact with your followers!

Here are some helpful links if you’d like to up your Twitter game:

 

 

Share and share alike.

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Share and share alike.

Here’s a link to a great infographic to help you determine the best sizes for graphics to create shareable posts on social media. Compelling photos, videos, stories, or links can spread across social media rapidly, increasing your exposure. One idea is to take quotes from your book and create graphic images to post. There are several sites online that offer a free way to combine cool images with your own quotes, but you can also use any photo editing application you have on your computer or tablet. Have you tried this? Let us know how it worked, and any tips you have you can share!

A social experiment – social media tips from authors

From TheWriteLife.com, here’s a nice article that includes author’s tips on using social media to sell more books. Here were some of my takeaways:

  • Do the stuff you like, don’t do the rest. If you hate LinkedIn but love Twitter, do that. If you can’t stand Facebook but love to blog, do that. If you love it you’ll keep it up and build your platform from there.
  • You don’t have to do them all. If you jump into 20 forms of social media, you run the risk of burning out and giving up.
  • Be yourself. ‘Nuf said.

Check out the advice from these authors and post your own tips and tricks in the comments!

St. Isidore, pray for us!