If you’re published, or about-to-be published, you’ve heard plenty about establishing your online presence with a website and/or blog and various social networking sites you can use to spread your message and promote your book.
Twitter, probably the most popular and the most ridiculed of all social sites, is popular with readers and writers. Even more exciting, agents and publishers hang out on Twitter. This venue offers several features that can be useful to writers. The one I’m looking at today is Lists.
The List feature appeared in 2009, but I ignored it at first. It seemed like one more way to waste time. Now that my follows total about 850, I realize how convenient it is to have a few specialized lists that allow me to see a stream of messages from a few selected people.
Since I’m about to embark on an agent search for my new novel, I want a convenient way to scan agent comments and advice before I send queries. To accomplish that, I created a new list called “Literary Agents."
To create a list: On your Twitter Home Page, in the right side bar, there is a link called “New list.” Clicking on that link brings up a box in which you’ll enter:
Optional Description (less than 100 characters)
Privacy designation (Public or Private)
I chose to make my literary agent list public so it would be available to other writers. I found some of the agents by using Twitter’s “Find People” feature, and discovered more on the AQ Connect list at Agent Query.
If you use Twitter as one of your networking sites, try using the list feature. As your follow list grows, you’ll have a way to follow small groups outside the main stream of “tweets.”
Patricia Stoltey is a mystery author, blogger, and critique group facilitator. Active in promoting Colorado authors, she also helps local unpublished writers learn the critical skills of manuscript revision and self-editing. For information about Patricia’s Sylvia and Willie mystery series, visit her website and her blog. You can also find her on Facebook (Patricia Stoltey) and Twitter (@PStoltey).