Would I Follow Me? Twitter Tips for Writers

Twitter: the networking, promotional and procrastination hub for writers everywhere. But how do you make it work for you? How do you persuade your fellow writers, industry professionals and consumers that you are someone they want to follow? I tend to look at my new Twitter followers in one big batch, so I've noticed a few trends in what turns me on or off a potential new Twitter friend. I don't get it right a lot of the time. Which is why the examples of Twitter faux-pas showcased here are all from my own timeline over the past month. Learn from my mistakes, friends! Here are my five biggest Twitter mistakes: Retweet Central When I'm short on time, I tend to check Twitter, flick through the latest updates and retweet one or two things that interest me. I become a consumer, not a creator. There are accounts that very skilfully curate content from throughout the Twittersphere and are sources for the best articles out there. If that's...
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LCWF Countdown

Less than six days until the London Comedy Writers Festival! Who's excited? And who's terrified of meeting all these NEW PEOPLE? Fret not! Oli Lewington has a series of excellent posts about preparing for a festival found here. The posts on networking are particularly useful and nerve-calming. Do you have your business cards? Mine are from moo.com - you can still get them in time for the festival if you pick "Rush Express" delivery. Completely customisable and perfectly printed. For an example of cool things that go down at festivals, check out Lucy's notes from her talk at Southern Script Fest 2011 on Spec Script Pile clichedom, what things crop up again and again. If you're planning to attend the pitching event on the Sunday (and if not, why not??) and for networking opportunities, the latest Screenwriting UK Podcast should set you right with a special on pitching! And, finally, advice on success: Micheal Jacob on his career in comedy and Sherlock Holmes' lessons, my...
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