Welcome to Day 10, roughly one third of the way through the 5 Minute Promo challenge I have set myself, and which I’m inviting fellow book creators to take part in.
Some tasks have been challenging, and others quite easy. Today is a super easy one, so I’ll get straight to it:
5 Minute Promo #10
Head over to that Twitter account you opened (or updated) back on Day 2 and which you’ve hopefully been checking regularly. Now it’s time to build up some followers and to start to use it more regularly. SO, today’s task is to follow 20 new people.
It’s easy to find new people to follow. Twitter suggests people based on who you’ve already followed – ie people or organisations with similar interests – in the right hand column of the Twitter homepage. You can also find people by looking at who your friends follow, and who they retweet. Or, you can use the search function. For example, I write children’s books, so I could use search terms such as children’s author, or kids’ books, or Australian authors. But it’s a good idea not to simply follow other authors – I try to follow an eclectic range of people, including booksellers, publishers, librarians, teachers, sports people, entertainers, and people who post quirky things.
So, how does following people help promote your book? Two ways: firstly, the people you follow often follow you back, and thus will see your tweets. Secondly, you learn all kinds of things which may give you opportunities to promote, or interesting tweets which you can retweet and thus engage with your followers. If you are still not sure what to do on Twitter, it’s worth rereading my previous article explaining what I do on Twitter here.
What are you waiting for? Your five minutes starts now. If you follow me, that’s only 19 more people you need to find, and I’m likely to follow you back.