I am a Twitter fanatic. As an author of the 21st century, it is important that I know as much as I can about what is going on when, where and who is involved. If you’re like me and cant make it to conventions and conferences, Twitter is the best networking tool available. And I know that as soon as I am writing this, there is another tool that is even better than Twitter. But I haven’t found it yet. This is my blog, I get to write about stuff that effects (affects?) me now.
If you haven’t already, start following @AuthorMedia. Then got to their “Agents” list. This is a list of Litereary Agents that are on Twitter. Take the time, go through the list and find out which agents represent your genre. Start following those agents. DO NOT query those agents via Twitter. They hate that. But by following them, you will get a look into their heads and discover what exactly they are looking for in a client or a manuscript.
I also follow lots and lots of authors on Twitter. Everyone has their own process, their own voice. Some things work for one author that do not work for another. Know what is out there and what is getting published. The best writer is one who reads a lot. OK so it isn’t Shakespeare, but it’s still true!
Another great way to use Twitter is to use hashtags. 44 Essential Twitter Hashtags Every Author Should Know is a great resource. Memorize these, use them, write them on your hand if you need to.