For that latter category of Twitter virgins and novices: I am writing a bookette about why and how to use Twitter, growing from some blogposts I did about it some time ago and which gained a great response. I will be self-publishing it as an ebook when it's ready.
For those of you who are already tweeting away: at the end of the book I want to list a whole load of friendly, useful people to follow on Twitter, so I thought I'd give you all the chance, if you wish, to pitch a tiny bit about yourselves and be added to the list.
Please note: I reserve the right to be selective. So, who am I likely to ignore?
- purely commercial organisations, apart from bookshops; if you tweet personally, that's fine but please make your pitch reflect this
- anyone who I think won't contribute to the positive Twitter experience of my readers
- hyper-self-promoters - if I read your tweets and feel that the vast majority of them are plugging yourself rather than engaging, I will ignore you
- Also, please do NOT include any links - if people want to find you they can go to your Twitter page and find any website there.
Writer: Published Author - @nicolamorgan - Writes, speaks & blogs. Award-winning author of 90 books. Aka The Crabbit Old Bat, who blogs crabbitly for aspiring writers. [Then put title of book in brackets, as per instruction below]
If you fall into two or more categories, simply refer to the others within your blurb, if you wish. Eg if you've chosen the category "Writer - Published Author", you might say within your blurb, "Romantic novelist, also reviews books on blog..." or "Children's writer, also freelance journalist..." If you aren't sure what category to choose (though it IS your choice) then ask in a comment.
Writers: Published Author - if you have had (or have a deal for) at least one book published by a selective publisher. This does not include setting up your own publishing company to publish your book - not that there's anything wrong with that, but this category is specifically for traditionally published, selected writers. (Please add the name of one of your eligible books after your blurb - ie that's not counted in the word count but is for my information.)
Writers: Self-published - if you have published yourself (and this must be for a paid-for book, not a free ebook) or set up a company for the purpose, or if you have paid anything towards the cost of publication.
Writers: Freelance - if you make money from writing eg articles or short-stories and are regarded as self-employed for tax purposes.
Aspiring writers - if you are working towards becoming one of the above.
Writing magazine / other resource
Working in publishing industry - eg editor, agent, marketing expert
Bookshop - please say what country you are in
Writing as a hobby - and if you also have a paid occupation, do say if you wish in your blurb
Other creatives - eg artist, musician, jewellery designer
Book reviewers or bloggers - whether professionally or as a hobby
Self-employed - in a different capacity from anything mentioned above; obviously you can then say what you do in your blurb, if you wish
Nice, friendly and fun - because you may feel this is your main reason for being on Twitter, and you are most welcome!
Is there another category you think should be there?
Now, please add yourself to the comments below and then do go and follow each other if you're not already doing so. It doesn't matter whether you're new to Twitter or an old hand - all levels are welcome. Just tweet nicely and positively.
Please note: I make no guarantee or promise to include anybody at all in this book. It is possible (though unlikely) that the whole idea of a list of tweeters will be unwieldy or for some other reason undesirable. However, if that happens, at least you'll all be recorded below this post and people can come and find you here. Simples.