Are You Phoning In Your Tweets?

I’ve been thinking a lot about Twitter lately.

Unfortunately, thinking about Twitter doesn’t quite cut it. So I add a note every day to my Things To Do List: MM. And no, it’s not a reference to that delicious chocolate-y treat AKA my reward for working hard.

So, MM. It’s Mindful Marketing, and it forces me to think not so much about Twitter as to what I’m putting out there on Twitter. It reminds me that Twitter can be a powerful force for engaging readers, writers, and friends.

The key word being engaging. You can read more about how I engage on Twitter–and what drives me crazy on Twitter–over at The Muffin with my post, “Making the Most of Your Mini-Marketing (Or a Tweet is a Terrible Thing to Waste.”

And I hope you’ll share your best mini-marketing advice here or there. Because you have to do more than phone in your tweets if you want to make connections on Twitter (or get a delicious chocolate-y treat).

Friday’s Fun Find: WOW! Blogging and Social Media

Whenever I go to writer’s conferences, an attendee will ALWAYS ask, “Do I need to have a blog?” and “Do I need to be on Facebook? Or Twitter?”

And the professional–editor, agent, publisher or author–will say, “It’s not absolutely necessary, but it’s a very good idea.”

That’s the short answer. The long answer is that first, what you write needs to be good. All the blogging and social media in the world is not going to make stinky writing smell nicer. But if you have sweet writing, then blogging and social media will give you a step up, will show professionals that you are a savvy writer as well as a good writer.

WOW!Women-on-writing’s issue this month is all about blogging and social media. What that means for you, dear writer, is a fun way to get all the info about this topic, whether you’re just getting started or you haven’t begun. Or even if you’ve been at it for a while and think you know everything (ahem) because now there’s Pinterest and really, shouldn’t you at least have an idea what that’s all about?

So.  The next time you’re at a conference, you can sit there, nice and smugly and in the know and skip the lecture about “Why Blogging and Social Media Are a Good Idea.”  Maybe you can pass notes to your friends instead (I recommend sitting on the back row).

Winning Flush Fiction!

Whew! I had a lot of names to spin in the old random thingie but it finally spat out…DEBRA MAYHEW!!!! (I added those exclamation points, just for Debra.)

I know it stinks for the rest of you but I also happen to know that my friend, Beth Cato, is also giving away a copy of Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Presents Flush Fiction. Rush over to her blog here and leave a comment ’cause she’s drawing a name on Friday the 13th. Maybe that day will be lucky for you, huh?

And speaking of poopyheads (not Beth, me), I completely forgot to mention TeacherWriter yesterday when I was blah-blahing about Twitter Finds. Because truly, Suzanne is the Queen of Twitter Finds.

Just last week, whilst checking in at her super informative blog, I came across this plethora of Twitter finds, all in one post. She even has the links sorted into helpful categories so you can go down the writing smorgasbord and pick what you want.  I don’t know how often you’ll find her Twitter Finds of the week, but it’s well worth checking out.

And when you do do tell her I sent you.

UPDATE: Beth says, “If anyone has trouble leaving a comment at her livejournal post for the Flush Fiction giveaway, email her at Beth.L.Cato at gmail dot com and she will gladly post for them and include in the selection process.” Isn’t Beth the best?