Let’s talk about Twitter because you’re doing it wrong.
Today I saw a writer’s group tweet an article/interview that a literary agent had given. This would have been a nice and helpful thing if the article hadn’t been done in 2011—four years ago. Seriously? In the last four years the market has changed so much that it isn’t funny. E-books have gone from a novelty to something that is taken for granted. Self-publishing has gone from pariah to a viable way to increase your readership, bulk-up your income, and hybrid authorship is a goal.
Several people—without checking or thought—retweeted the outdated article. Seriously guys, isn’t it hard enough to learn publishing without sharing outdated information? If you find an article full of useful information then please share. But for evil’s sake check the date on the darn thing. I can almost guarantee that what an agent was looking for four years ago won’t be what they want today. What they want today they might not want next month or even next week, because they already found that thing and have moved on to the next item on their list.
It you’re tweeting about that agent in hopes of gaining their attention it won’t work. Instead, on social media, try being *GASP* social. Say hello. If they like knitting and you like knitting share a pattern. If they—like you—are gluten free. Share a link to the amazing and delicious pie crust recipe you found. Tell them you tried it and it was the awesome-pants version of pie crust.
You think you are being all slick by tweeting their articles and such but you are not. Talk. You’re people and they are people. You all like books, right? HEY THAT COULD BE A THING! *DOUBLE GASP*
You’re a writer and you have an incredible mind. They can’t bite you because of the fact that they absolutely cannot come through your computer screen. Act like a person and don’t make me come over there. I totally will and I can promise you that I am way scarier than any one person on twitter.***
***Except for Dina James and Skyla Dawn Cameron because they are way more evil than I am. They are also bigger-better-faster-stronger and I will totally rat you out.
Buzzy Mag Columnist & Pundit. Julie Butcher lives with her husband and six children on the fringes of Utter Chaos. She adores puppies, kittens, and thinks world peace would be awesome as long as stuff still blows up in the movies.