I remember joining Twitter a few years ago and being completely overwhelmed. I've seen/heard/read a lot of questions popping up here and there regarding Twittequette lately so I thought I'd tackle that today.
Twittequette Tips for Interacting with Agents & Editors
- Is it okay to follow agents and editors on Twitter or do I need an invite?
- Absolutely okay to follow them!
- Is it okay to talk to agents and editors on Twitter?
- Yes, but don't be pushy. Start small - retweet what appeals to you, answer questions they ask. Personally I suggest doing a lot more lurking and learning than interacting.
- Is it okay to ask agents and editors business questions on Twitter?
- Not usually. If there's an #askagent #askyaagent or similar chat going on, go ahead, but don't be a pest at other times.
- Can I pitch agents and editors on Twitter?
- NO!!! Absolutely not.
- Unless it's a contest, then check out the rules and feel free to participate.
Twittequette Tips for Self Promotion
- Is it okay to promote my book?
- I sense a BUT... coming, what is it?
- But... don't do it very often.
- A standard tip I've seen is to have at LEAST 5 tweets (10 is probably better) about something and/or someone else in between your tweets about you.
- Don't promote every review you receive but when something genuinely excites you go ahead and post it! (Need I repeat... not too often.)
- If all you talk about is you and your books, you'll soon be talking to yourself.
- Follow people because you're interested in them ... NOT because of what they can do for you.
- DON'T unfollow people shortly after you've followed them to inflate your numbers. Nobody really cares about numbers and this makes you look like a dweeb.
- Listen to Mrs. Rabbit. If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.
- having said that it's OK to be funny and snarky ... just don't aim at a person. I follow some hilarious people who are incredibly snarky but they're never mean. If you don't know the difference, err on the side of caution.
- Be yourself and relax. Twitter is all about fun and connections.
Any Twittequette tips to add? Any questions to ask of our knowledgeable readers?
Jemi Fraser is an aspiring author of contemporary romance. She blogs and tweets while searching for those HEAs.