In the last lesson, publisher, poet, and author, LL Barkat, said Twitter is the best tool for authors to reach new readers. Whether you agree with her or not, Twitter is worth learning and experimenting with.
Personally, I’ve found Twitter to be the best social media tool to build my audience. While Facebook provided me with most of my early readers, Twitter is now my top referral source.
All that’s to say, if you aren’t on Twitter already, you need to consider joining.
In this assignment, you’ll follow a step-by-step guide for how to build your first 1,000 followers on Twitter. This might take several weeks or even months. Be patient. However, if you follow this guide, you will soon be making hundreds of new connections for your writing. I promise!
1. If you haven’t already, start a Twitter account.
If you have, share the link to your profile in the comments section so we can follow you!
2. Add a clear photo of your face, a short, quirky bio, and a link to your website.
3. Compose four tweets:
- a quote by an author you admire
- an article you enjoyed
- a quirky update about your life
- a link to your book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble (if you have one)
4. Then, and only then, follow 20 people.
- Friends and Family
- Writers you admire
- People in story Cartel
If you want people to follow you, share a link to your Twitter profile in the comments!
5. Tweet three times a day.
Again, quotes, articles, and quirky updates, and links to your books are fabulous things to tweet about.
If you don’t have time to check Twitter three times a day, sign up for Buffer (bufferapp.com), an easy tool that lets you schedule tweets to go out when you’re not on Twitter. I use it every day!
6. When you reach 10 followers, follow 20 more people.
Be sure to reply to others, thank them for following, and in general, be friendly. Twitter is a cocktail party. Treat it like one. Don’t be shy or afraid to “interrupt.”
7. When you reach 20 followers, follow 20 more people.
As LL Barkat suggested, follow other writers, agents, and other people in publishing. If you have any other hobbies, feel free to follow people who tweet about those hobbies.
8. When you reach 30 followers, follow 20 more people (you should be at 60 now).
Another tool that’s helpful to find followers is JustUnfollow, a free tool to help you manage your Twitter followers.
On the Copy Followers menu, enter the username of someone you like on Twitter. Then, follow the people who follow them. They’ll probably follow you back!
9. Keep tweeting and following new people.
But don’t follow more than 100 more people than follow you.
You want to keep your following to follower ratio as close as possible, otherwise, people might think you’re a spammer.
Here, the JustUnfollow tool is helpful again, because you can easily find the people who aren’t following you back and unfollow them.
10. Be patient!
If you follow this plan, slowly following people as more people follow you, it won’t take long to build a solid Twitter following. Be patient, show up consistently, and you’ll soon be meeting interesting people, building your Cartel, and expanding your audience!
How about you? What have you done on Twitter to build your audience?