Tuesday, 9 August 2011


And about time, too, I hear you say! Well, I was going to publish it in September but the nagging demand has been increasing so I thought, why wait? It's nearly ready, I'm nearly ready, the Edinburgh Book Festival is nearly starting. The designer - Andrew Brown of Design for Writers, @abaloo on Twitter - has finished the wonderful cover. I've ordered promotional cards and dreamed up activities and a COMPETITION.

Plus, I get more and more annoyed by twittish things spoken about Twitter by those who don't know what they're talking about, mainly because a) they aren't on it and b) they only know what they read in the Telegraph. (*rolls eyes and yawns*)

Also, I had a flick through a sample of Grace Dent's book, How To Leave Twitter. I thought it was going to be about how to leave Twitter (well, duh) but soon realised it wasn't. It was a just a way of illustrating the obvious truth that, if you hang out with really irritating people on Twitter, you will end up having a really irritating time. Which is exactly like real life: hang out with tossers, and you won't be happy. It also seems to me not unlikely that if you spend your time on Twitter being obsessed with following celebrities you may end up wanting to stick needles in your eyes. Anyway, just in case readers of her book think everyone behaves like an idiot on Twitter (not that she does, by the way, despite the implications of the book's blurb), I thought I'd better get my guide for nice sensible people out asap.

"When? WHEN?" I hear you cry.

Soon. Soon. Very, very soon. No, really. I hearby announce that Tweet Right will be available (on Kindle first - or, of course, on the free Kindle app for ipad, pc, laptop, Mac or iphone - followed shortly by all other ebook devices) ... soon. It will leap out at you when you least expect it. That's my plan. It's an exercise in reverse-marketing: DON'T TELL THEM, PIKE.

How will you know when it's available? Because I will tell you. Here and on Twitter. And if you bump into me in the Edinburgh Book Festival or on the streets of Edinburgh in the next three weeks, I will tell you. And there will be a party with games and a competition and sparkly wine and all sorts of goodness.

And you will ALL be invited!

And here's a clue: today is designated #TweetRightTuesday. Because special Tweetrighty things will happen on Tuesdays. Why? Because I say so.

Meanwhile, I have a Tweet Right taster sample for you here.

Meanwhile, meanwhile during: do tell anyone who wants help getting the hang of Twitter that help cometh. And there will also be angels - #TwitterAngels. All will be revealed!


widdershins said...

Wonderful teaser ... am a tweet virgin, but will buy your book and go forth and ... erm ... pollinate!

Shirley said...

Hi Nicola,

AOL is being its usual helpful self in not letting me access the link to the snipette of your book. Grrrr. Very annoyed but don't know how to get round it. Will have to wait and buy the book.

Nicola Morgan said...

Shirley - it's not AOL. It's something really annoying about google docs and I can't see how to fix it. Very annoying! Will try again later.

Widdershins - lovely!

Fiona Faith Maddock said...

Great post. I look forward to seeing the book.

catdownunder said...

Ooohh...I do not need a Kindle? That is good. I have not yet put my paws on one!

Sally Zigmond said...

Thanks, Nicola. I must get this! I've already learned a lot of things I didn't know about Twitter from your taster extract even though I've been dabbling on Twitter for a while. (@SallyZig for those who may wish to follow me!)

Some days I adore Twitter, some days I learn a lot or find a sympathetic ear. Other days I can't keep up with it or it seems silly but I've realised it's more me than Twitter. Some days I'm sociable and feel like engaging in conversation or having a laugh. Sometimes I just don't. Yep, I'm a moody cow.

However, one thing always bugs me about Twitter. Even the nicest people (and who are otherwise well worth following) bake a wonky, odd-looking cake or cook an indifferent meal and then post a photo. Um. Why?

Catherine Ryan Howard said...

Love, love, LOVE the cover! (Very nice Andrew!) Read the sample - had no problem downloading it..? But I'm signed in to Google Apps – and I can't wait to read the rest. You know how much I love sensible advice! Will be adding it to "Further Reading" in SP for sure. :-D

JO said...

Hurrah - made the link work! And such a useful beginning - looking forward to the rest.

Shauna said...

Like others I'm looking forward to reading the book. I didn't think too much of Twitter to begin with, but have a few writer friends who are seriously into it, and now want to catch up (with the help of your know-how).

Cat Dean said...

"I will assume no knowledge or skill other than the abilities to switch on and use your computer, access the internet and follow simple instructions."

Thank you, oh thank you!

clarekirkpatrick said...

Can't wait! Going to buy it for all my twitterphobic friends :D

Rebecca Bradley said...

I haven't had a lot of time for blogging and commenting recently, due to the fact I've actually been focusing on writing. I will definitely be making sure I check out your blog more frequently now as I await the Twitter book release. (Very clever of you that!)

I love Twitter and have a lot of good to say for it. I will be making a Twitter post myself in the next couple of weeks, about the good things that have come from my using it. It's an amazing facility once you get to know your way around. I'm really looking forward to hearing your thoughts in the book.