Most of you know by now that Twitter is my favorite social networking platform.
You’ve also heard about Edie's Hard-and-Fast 5 to 1 Rule for social networking. The idea behind that rule is simple.
For every update about yourself or your product, you must schedule five updates about someone else.
This keeps social media from becoming ME focused (something that will kill your social media life faster than anything!), and that rule immediately leads into the question I get asked the most.
Today I’m going to give you 10 never-fail ideas for Twitter Updates.
1. Post specials on books from the genre you write. These could be discounts on print books and/or ebooks, as well as free books. Just make sure your Twitter followers will be interested.
2. Promote book review sites that you use to help you find the books you buy.
3. Post a short Bible verse on a specific topic and ask your followers to share their favorites as well.
5. Announce blog posts that offer give-aways on your favorite authors.
6. Share a quote on a specific topic and ask your followers to share their favorite as well.
7. Share links to sites that reflect some of your personal interests. For me that would be knitting sites or even recipes.
8. Post links to articles that interest your Twitter followers.
9. Give updates on your own writing progress. This could be in the form of a question. You might ask for help in naming a character or finding a good career for him. Or it could be just an announcement that you’ve reached a specific goal.
10. Ask an open-ended question about a current event that would interest your audience. This could be as simple as asking for a movie recommendation or as in depth as requesting an idea for a date night.
Now I’d like to hear from you, what updates are your go-to favorites when you update? Also, be sure to include your Twitter handle when you leave a comment so we can all find new connections. My handle is @EdieMelson.
You can find your true Twitter handle by visiting your Twitter home page. In the URL you'll see an address like this: https://Twitter.Com/EdieMelson. The name that follows the .com/ is your handle. Don't be confused by the Name that's beneath your picture. My friend and fellow columnist on Novel Rocket is a good example. The name under his picture on his home page is Mike Duran, but his Twitter handle is @CerebralGrump (https://twitter.com/cerebralgrump). Now it's your turn, be sure to leave a comment below.
Don’t forget to join the conversation!