If you are a writer, I’m curious about what you think about Twitter. I’m being encouraged to start tweeting and it seems overwhelming. About a year ago, Lisa Schroeder spoke at our local SCBWI meeting. She felt her latest book, Chasing Brooklyn, had been given a huge leg up in its launch all due to her Twitter friends and fans. Another writer I know felt she got a plum speaking engagement because of her Twitter connections and visibility.
Mitali Perkins has a great blog post about getting started; the key point I heard from her and from some other savvy social networkers is that it’s important to “follow” other folks on Twitter. But I worry — is it one more time suck away from writing? (Okay, okay. I already know the answer to that question. So I should ask, do the pros of tweeting outweigh the cons?) And I know it is possible to tweet without being a follower – that’s what Nancy Pearl does. . . but then she’s Nancy Pearl!
I need some help here. What do y’all think about this? If you are tweeting, what do you think it’s doing for your writing career? If not, why have you chosen not to?
And can a novelist find true happiness 140 characters at a time?