Thursday, July 22, 2010

Top Ten Ways Authors Can Use Twitter to Promote Books

Guest post by Dana Lynn Smith

Twitter is a great tool for building an author platform and promoting books. Here are some of the top ways authors can benefit from Twittering:

1. Help others by sharing information, while you gain a reputation as an expert. You can post links to helpful articles, recommend resources, and teach mini-lessons.

2. Meet potential customers and stay in touch with existing customers. Promote your Twitter URL everywhere you're listed online, and include keywords in your tweets to attract followers who are interested in your topic or genre.

3. Stay on top of news and trends in your field and get ideas for your articles and blog by reading the tweets of the people you follow.

4. Promote live and virtual events such as book signings, podcasts, virtual book tours, teleseminars, and book launches.

5. Gain visibility and new followers by hosting a Twitter contest where you give away a prize to a randomly chosen winner, or give a free gift to everyone who follows you and re-tweets your contest message. See this post for tips on creating a Twitter contest.

6. Ask for help and get instant responses. When you request product recommendations, referrals to experts, or help with a technical issue, it's amazing how helpful folks are.

7. Spread good will by helping your peers. Introduce other people in your field or genre, or recommend other related books or products.  Re-tweet interesting posts from people that you follow.

8. Promote your book and other products and services. The key is to be subtle and make promotional tweets a small percentage of your overall communications, so people feel like they gain value from following you, not just a stream of sales pitches.

9. Meet other authors, experts, publishers, marketers, and vendors. Twitter is ideal for networking and it's a great place to meet potential joint venture partners.

10. Keep in touch when you're on the road. There are a number of applications that facilitate twittering from mobile devices.

Have fun! It's fascinating to meet people from all over the world, gain a glimpse into their lives, and develop a cyber-relationship.

Excerpted from the Twitter Guide for Authors by Dana Lynn Smith. For more book marketing tips, follow BookMarketer on Twitter and get Dana's free Top Book Marketing Tips ebook when you visit her book marketing blog.  Learn more at Dana's "Boost Your Book Sales with Twitter" teleseminar on August 12.


  1. I don't think my mobile device is up to twittering, but sometimes I'm not sure I am either. Thanks for this. I really must try harder.

  2. Hello! I can't use twitter mobile. It doesn't have +63 or Philippines. :( What other ways I can access the mobile?

  3. Lots of great points here - I find Twitter particularly useful for getting in touch with people who otherwise, might be rather unreachable (e.g. have to go through a PA etc). Also, it's a great place where you can throw out a question and then see what comes back. That has been really useful in the past for me and added bonus of knowing that there are so many kind, helpful people out there!

  4. Great Top 10 List Todd! I believe in the power of twitter, but you must follow many of the same rules that you do in life if you want to be successful with it. Be genuine, give back and don't talk about yourself all the time!


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