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I've been creative writing all my life, though with various haitus(es) along the way. IFrom 2010 I started this blog and enjoyed sharing writing and other information with everyone. illness and bereavement supplied the more recent hiatus.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Advice: Tell me about Twitter?

Don't forget the A-Z Challenge starts today.
Okay, so I have yet to create a Twitter account and I feel quite clueless about it really.

I have heard it's the best way to advertise a forthcoming novel...

So, how does it work?

AND How do I get the most from it?

BTW my next post will be for P: Plotting Blogfest as I'll be taking a blog break. Happy A-Zing.


  1. Twitter is a fun way to connect with other writers - like blogging, but in 140 characters lol!

    It all seems like a bit of a mystery at the beginning, but once you start tweeting and following other people, it gets very addictive!

  2. Hi Madeleine .. good luck with Twitter - I don't use it .. but I gather if you think of it as story telling in microbytes - ie set a theme for the week, and follow it through .. as Kyra says you'll get a handle on it ... Good luck - Hilary

  3. Hi Maddy. Thanks for the A-Zing best wishes.I'll need it doing it in 2 places. I see you're taking a blog break but try to remember to visit me on 'S' day won't you?

    Twitter? It's really the best social networking tool IMHO. Quick and easy but it doesn't work as good for me in Oz as I'm twittering away when everyone is asleep. FB has a far larger audience by the millions but I really don't like it much. Google+ is fine if I could just get time to have a good look at it.

    Ah, twitter, you make twits of us all.

    If you go to my blog and search twits I did a rather comprehensive post on it.


  4. I'm on Twitter, but I don't do anything on there as I never feel like I have anything interesting to say. I like responding to people directly though :-)

  5. Lovely Madeleine!! I don't have a twitter account so I'm pretty useless! LOL!

    Have a great blogging break!! I think I may join you too! Take care

  6. I'm on twitter - I quite like it but I'm not at all sure I'm getting the most out of it. Nicola Morgan's ebook Tweet Right did help a bit though.

  7. I have never done Twitter. Although I know it has it's uses, I just think it is TMI - much of it immaterial.

  8. I'm not on Twitter, so I don't really have any advice.

    Hope you have a wonderful blog break!

  9. The main thing you want to avoid is promoting your book on Twitter, and definitely avoid sending Direct Messages (DM) to people after they follow you and tell them to check out your blog or book. That irks a lot of people because it's nothing but spam. Some people will unfollow you if you do that. List you book and blog/website under profile. People will see that when they visit your page.

    I tweet, but not a whole lot.

    Enjoy your blog break!

  10. Twitter is fun! But it helps if you download Tweetdeck or Hootsuite or something like that. This way it makes it easier to see who mentions you or talks to you and you can follow topics better too.

  11. With Twitter I usually post a few tweets a day (I used to tweet more when I was new to it). I write standalone tweets, respond to others, and retweet. Basically, you don't want to look like you're not communicating with others or that you're only promoting yourself. You jump into conversations and there are even weekly chat sessions with hashtags. I haven't been on a chat in a while, but I used to go on #kidlitchat, #yalitchat, and #litchat all the time. There are many other chats to fit the genre you write in. I've met many industry people, writers, and bloggers through Twitter.

  12. Thank you all for your comments Kyra, Hilary, Sarah, Old Kitty, Medeira, Golden, patsy, Starting Over.

    It sounds like something I don't have time for at the moment, but maybe in the future.

    Great advice Stina & Jennifer. I can identify with what you say.
    Denise I will have a gander sometime, sounds interesting.

  13. Hi Madeleine,

    Twitter is fun and fast! I love the free book tweets and get them instantly so it is good promotional tool!

  14. I used twitter, but don't especially like it. The 140 character limit drives me nuts. I'll use it to post the occasional haiku. Or to post 2 lines of a limerick and a link to the limerick post. For general interactivity, I very much prefer Facebook.
    Madeleine Begun Kane


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