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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From Twitter pitch to two-book deal: How I became a Carina Press author

So, it's official: I am a Carina Press author! Now I've signed on the dotted line and finalised my first manuscript for publication, I want to share the story of how my manuscript was acquired by Carina Press. My story begins on April 4th 2013. I had just returned home at half-nine in the morning after a long night shift. As I got into bed, I decided to check Twitter one last time. On my timeline, I saw folk promoting #carinapitch - an opportunity to pitch to a digital-first imprint of Harlequin via Twitter, with editors favouriting your Tweet as a request to read the manuscript. (If you've participated in #PitchMAS or something similar, you'll be aware of the format). Sounds good, I thought. An opportunity to hone my pitching skills. So I crafted my Twitter pitch and scheduled it for while I was sleeping. Ctrl+Alt+Del: An agoraphobic hacker and a streetwise ex-con team up to hunt down a serial killer in Cardiff. #carinapitch—...
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#scriptchat 30th June – Multi-Platform Writing

I am honoured and delighted to be guesting on #scriptchat this Sunday @ 8pm to talk about Multi-Platform Writing - specifically, my work with Realm Pictures on The Underwater Realm universe. For those unfamiliar with the concept, show up at Twitter on Sunday 30th June @ 20:00 BST and search for #scriptchat. Writerly folks will then appear as if summoned by ancient incantations and bombard me with questions. *gulp* Look forward to seeing you there!...
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