Strange but true – A TWITTER tale.

Posted: December 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

So, a funny thing happened on the way to publishing my book.  I made friends.  I posted a few weeks ago about how much I have valued Twitter as a resource for connecting with other writers, most of whom are self-published.  By getting out there and mingling, I have connected with about a dozen writers that I now consider to be friends.

And, these connections allowed me to become involved with a special event that starts tomorrow (12/13) –  the 99cent eBook event.   Sponsored by Melissa Foster and the folks at the WoMen’s Lit Cafe, I was fortunate enough to be able to join the “WLC” group without even having to undergo sex change surgery!   The WLC  is committed to supporting writers of all types and genres and is leading the charge of gathering up indie writers to work collectively to get their message out.

My good fortune at being able to join this group, further highlights how important it is to get out there and network.  The term “networking” can have bad connotations. (think network marketing)   However, when you apply the term to writers and twitter, all the negative connotations melt away.  You see, writing is an inherently solo endeavor.  But if one strives to improve their writing, getting out there and meeting writers, editors, publishers, and READERS is an absolute essential.  To steal a phrase (which us writers occasionally do)  “Good writing abhors a vacuum”.

Stay out of the vacuum.  Get out there and mingle.    Oh yeah, and don’t forget to have some fun.

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Comments
  1. giles snyder says:

    Congrats on the novel, Andy. That’s quite an accomplishment!

  2. Wendy says:

    I follow all the details about the book, and I’m happy for you, congratulations for each achievement.

  3. Jolene Perry says:

    I’ve met editors on twitter. My favorire CPs on twitter. Found my agent while on twitter. Won LOADS of incredible books because of twitter. I can’t believe how many people are missing out!

  4. Meeting other writers is tons of fun! Whenever I’m on Twitter, I’m smiling. 🙂

  5. Well done! And very true, I joined Twitter late summer, having only the vaguest idea about how it would help a writer. My writing has been ‘on hiatus’ for years and I decided to get started again, and try to learn about-and self publish-an ebook. Have discovered a lovely community of writers, helping each other. 🙂
    Will wander over to the WLC and join. And I’ll RT this blog entry too.
    Now…if only I can get over that final hurdle, and convert my short stories and out of print poetry book into e-format…

    • andyholloman says:

      thanks marsha, hit me with an email if u want a little advice on maximizing twitter, it has been a home run for me in regards to meeting and getting relationships with writers and in boosting sales, twitter is a MUST for any writer

  6. adam says:

    Great post! I’m in the process of trying to establish some of those kinds of Twitter connections, myself.

  7. alfaprima says:

    Very interested in your use of twitter, how do you target only writers? Thanks

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