There are all sorts of reasons writers and indie authors should give Twitter a chance. I go on about how useful Twitter is for freelancers, solopreneurs and small businesses for several thousand words in my Kindle book Tweeting For a Reason.
Today Tweeting For a Reason goes on sale on Amazon.com via Kindle Countdown and I’m celebrating with a Twitter related post. If you haven’t read the book yet you can get it for just 99 cents for the next few days. Here’s the deal:
At 9 am Pacific Time today (Thursday 16th October) Tweeting For a Reason will go on sale for 99 cents. It will be 99 cents until 4 pm Pacific Time on Sunday 19th October. Then it will be $1.99 through 23rd October, at which point it will revert to its normal price of $2.99. The clock is ticking.
The clock really is ticking. I’ve fed the numbers into the big Kindle Countdown machine and I can’t change anything now. The price will automatically go back up at the set times. I can’t change my mind and extend it for an hour, even if I want to, so do grab it now while it’s available for couch change.
And now, I promised you a blog post…
Reasons Writers and Authors should be on Twitter
It’s a virtual coffee break
Writing is a solitary business, usually, and many writers are quite introverted. Jumping on Twitter for 15 minutes is a little social break you can take without leaving your house.
It can even be part of your real coffee break. Or tea break in my case. Preferably herbal. I’m really trying to cut down on the caffeine. Either way, grab your hot beverage of choice and spend 15 minutes with your Twitter buddies.
The need for brevity is a good discipline
There’s a problem for many writers on social media. We like to write so much that we get sucked into writing long posts and replies that can actually ‘steal’ word count from our personal projects.
You can’t do that on Twitter. 140 characters and you’re done. I find the need for brevity a great discipline and it kind of makes you more creative too.
You can find freelance writing gigs on there
You really can. I wrote a whole guest post on this aspect of Twitter this week, over at Kirsty Stewart’s excellent blog Freelance Writers Online. Hop over there and check out my post.
It’s an education
Follow the right hashtags and there is a lot of cool information on Twitter. I recommend #WritingTips #AmWriting #Authors #IndieAuthors, and for all you book junkies, #AmReading too.
It puts you in contact with other writers and authors
Working alone for too long can make you feel like you’re all kinds of crazy.
Twitter is a super efficient way to connect with like-minded writers and authors. Check out the #MyWANA hashtag started by author Kristen Lamb. It’s specifically aimed at writers and authors and the WANA stands for We Are Not Alone. Some days you really need a community you can access from behind your laptop in your own home.
OK the sale has begun. Please consider buying or gifting a copy of Tweeting For A Reason, or jump on Twitter and share it using the hashtags #99cent #ebook. Many thanks.
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