On April 26, this year, I decided to get serious about Twitter. My follower count that day was in the ballpark of 2,400. As I guest blog here, a mere four months later, it’s about 13,000 and climbing daily. What I pride myself in, however, isn’t the number of “tweeple” in my “twibe” (where is Tweety Bird when you need him?), it’s how closely aligned my followers are with my interests and what I care about: publishing, creativity, neuroscience, space flight, volcanic wine, and more. The regimen I developed and use on a daily basis is successful. I’ve taught this system to several of my editorial clients who are successfully using it to position themselves as experts and engage readers, too. It works!

3 Principles to Follow to Grow Your Twitter Following

Here are three of the principles I adhere to—these alone will give you some traction.

As an author, Twitter is compelling for so many reasons, not the least of which is that we can get lonely sitting by ourselves in our home offices in front of a computer screen every day writing. But we do need to WRITE, so when we’re interacting it needs to be QUICK. Authors are smart and funny people, so we love to QUIP back and forth in short bursts. Twitter is the space of WORD PLAY.

If Facebook is where you go to get a virtual hug from your pals, Twitter is where you can go to have your mind stimulated and tap the Zeitgeist. I don’t know about you, but my best friends never let me down. Twitter is one of them.

You can get and give encouragement to other writers by using “Discovery” to look for key words related to books, and hash tags like #WriteTip, #BadWritingTip, and #AmWriting. Once you find the key words that are most appealing to your readers (meaning, whatever audience or demographic you write your books to serve) sprinkle them in your tweets.

About the Author

Stephanie Gunning is one of the most sought-after nonfiction book writers and developmental editors in the publishing industry, she is founder of the Get a Book Deal® Coaching Program. Stephanie also regularly delivers workshops, webinars, and in-depth courses on book writing, publishing, entrepreneurship, and creativity.  To learn more about Stephanie and her work  Visit Stephanie Gunning’s websit