Thursday, July 26, 2012

Another 2X4 for My Author's Platform: Twitter

Twitter is ‘hot’!
I realized, as I started building my 'author's platform', a Twitter account was essential. I have a whopping NINE (count 'em NINE) followers to date. I know, that's sad compared to all those other Tweeters out there, but I’m thrilled. So, 'thank you' to all of my followers. I’ve actually tweeted over ninety times. Surely, that makes me an expert, right?

I didn’t care to follow any of the suggested ‘Who to Follow’. Instead, I searched for authors and agents I was already familiar with. As my 'Following' list (those I follow) grows, I'm really glad I'm a tweeter (no, that’s probably not the right word- I rarely use the right words). Many of the agents and authors I follow tweet links to amazingly helpful articles or blog posts for debut authors (yes, I prefer ‘debut’ to ‘unpublished’). Sometimes the people I follow will retweet (RT) what other folks tweet, sharing even more excellent information. Plus, they lead me to different people who I might like to follow.

Since I’m trying to be a benevolent blogger and help out my fellow ‘debut’ authors, I'm sharing some links that I've come across via the awesome tweets on Twitter. As I will do on any occasion that I have nothing better to blog about... at least that should make it worth your while to visit every now and then.

For a great blog post on social media: by Chris Goulet

Also, go to (Tweeted by Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow) It’s really important information for anyone.

BONUS #1 (hash tag that I like on Twitter): #10queriesin10tweets (Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow does this on most Thursdays) ~UPDATE: Sara Medibow is no longer doing #10queriesin10tweets~

BONUS #2: If you are new to Twitter and are at all involved, or interested, in the publishing community, but have yet to run across him, follow Self-Published Hulk ‏@INDIEAUTHORHULK he's flippin' hilarious.

Check me out: Kelley Harvey @KHarveyWrites to see who I follow and to follow me.

All right, I'm off to figure out what else I need to do to strengthen my 'platform'... maybe install a few extra girders?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Maiden Blog

My first blog entry. Hmm… what to say? *Taps finger on chin*

It has to be good, right? It must be witty and humorous, something all new authors will flock to. I need about a million followers, so I can say I’m a success.

My intentions are good. I ‘intend’ to blog regularly about all the fabulous information for authors I find. Writing well, perfecting queries, finding dream agents, and getting published will be my topics. Plus, I’ll probably throw in a few personal stories as well, why not? It’s my blog *smiling like mad woman*.

Will anyone actually read this or will it be alone out there, on some server in the ‘cloud’, never discovered, never read? I don’t know at this point. Right now, I’m still trying to figure out how it all works.

Follow my blog, to see how it goes for yourself.