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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Anyone Twitter?

I've heard a lot about Twitter. Some good, some bad. But I've never signed up for it. Why? Well, because I have a lot going on in my life right now. In between taking care of my family, feeding said family, trying to make sure my house doesn't completely fall apart, blogging, critiquing, and writing, I have very little time for anything else. I am sooooo afraid that if I get a Twitter account now, I will want to spend way more time on that than I should.

Now, I'm nowhere near the querying stage right now. But...I found a link to this blog. Go ahead, check it out. I'll wait:)

Now, this blew my mind. I mean, who would ever dream of an agent having interest in your work because of Twitter? Wow!

So, for those of you who do Twitter....what are the benefits? Even if you're like me (remember, I'm still working on the first draft), do you think Twitter is helpful to you now? Or if you don't Twitter, why not? I'm on the fence about getting an account now or waiting until I'm done with my WIP. What do you think?

19 comments:

  1. It doesn't take much time. I say go for it.

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  2. Wow, I hadn't seen that link, that's crazy. I do have a twitter account, but honestly I neglect it. I usually just retweet the link to my blog post for the day. But it's definitely not a hard thing to set up if you want one.

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  3. Hi Melane,

    The first time I signed up, I thought this is so ridiculous! I cancelled my account that day! Six months later, I tried it again and haven't stopped! I'm twitterfied and twitterfried! It's a great way to meet awesome writers, readers and everything in between. They have great writer groups too, like #yalitchat and #kidlitchat that happen one a week. I LOVE IT!

    If you do join, you kind find me at hilarywagner1!

    Take care and I look forward to your tweets!

    xoxo -- Hilary

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  4. Wow, great link! What a story. Just goes to show the online presence is extremely important. I have yet to delve into the realm of twitter. It might be time though.

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  5. I just recently joined Twitter because my cousin convinced me it would help drive traffic to my blog. And it does! I use the search engine to find people who write fiction or science journalism, etc. topics that I am interested in, and follow them. Like in blogging, the people you follow will most likely become your followers and check out your writing. My cousin also told me about this Twitterfeed website that directly updates your Twitter account and lets all your followers know when you've posted on your blog. Let me know if you wanna try it and have any questions! It's super easy. :) Thanks for sharing the cool story!

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  6. I twitter and I usually get on there a couple of times a day. There are heaps of agents and editors on there and they often tweet really interesting things and they regularly do sessions where they invite you to ask them questions etc.

    I say, do it!

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  7. I'm so glad you found my post, and thanks so much for using it as an example of the awesomeness of Twitter. I say, go for it! I was terrifically reticent at first, but then wised up. I tell people I went "kicking and screaming into heaven!"

    Best of luck w/your writing and never give up your dream. ;-)

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  8. I, too, had an agent contact me via Twitter. She has a partial right now...so yes, Twitter can help get you out there. And that is a step in the right direction.

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  9. I don't have a Twitter, but these comments might be changing my mind.

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  10. I've shied away from Twitter and Facebook and all that, but sometimes it does sound fun. :)

    Then again, I need to write and I'm terribly distracted by the internet.

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  11. I don't have twitter yet, but I do have facebook. Trying to figure out whether to jump on the twitter bandwagon made me do a post about it, though. (More about tips for using the various social networking sites.)

    The post on social networking can be found here.

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  12. I got a twitter account so that I can follow various agents. When one that maybe I'm interested in posts "can anyone recommend a good yarn for X project" then maybe I'll step up. And then quickly zap off my query letter. And mention that perfect yarn again in the query. Or whatever. You know. If you follow a few agents that you are interested in you can pick up lots of little "I've investigated you and I think you're great" tidbits to add to your query letter.

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  13. I too have not yet jumped on the twitter bandwagon, but seeing all these comments is kind of making me think about it. I do the blog, I have facebook. But I'm just not sure about the twitter thing...

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  14. I have a twitter account. I don't know what to do with it most of the time, but (after 2 months of twittering) I'm finally starting to get it. It doesn't take a whole lot of time (unlike blogging) and it's a good way to make friends.

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  15. I'm a huge twitter fan :-) I thought it was lame at first bc I figured it was the same as facebook, only not as cool. Why did I want to ready 140 character status updates from friend when facebook gave so much more information.

    Then I found inkygirl's blog about it. And stopped following just friends. There's an entire writing community on it - I haven't picked up an agent, but I have picked up valuable writer friends!! Even found my crit group...

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  16. I love twitter, that's how I found my Crit partner There's a great community of writers that encourage, comment and help you, and it's all instant. Well most of the time, that's what I like.

    You can see a lot of different writers/agents tweets, kind of gives you an idea of what other people deal with. It's one of my favorite ways to communicate :o)

    Great post!

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  17. Go for it. I'm a tweeter but I dont let it consume much of my time. I have met some great people through there though. You never know who is reading your tweets. ;)

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  18. When Wendy showed me that link, I couldn't believe it either, but I think it's great. I do technically have a twitter account, but I don't use it. I think it's funny when I get a new follower on there, since I actually don't post anything. Like everyone else, though, now I want to figure it out!

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