I’m a weirdo, I know. I don’t say that in the “It’s so cool to be weird” sense. It’s more like a survival skill.

As a weirdo, I naturally have some quirks. One of them dictates indie authors should be on Twitter.

Why Twitter?

So glad you asked!

Twitter_escultura_de_areiaTwitter makes it easy to promote someone’s good work. I have this list, you see, of indie authors I’ve read. Now and again, I go check the list, see what everyone is up to, maybe interact a little, and retweet a few things. Easy peasy. No long reviews. No deceptive little stars that mean one thing to one person and another to another. In 10 seconds, I can share something I enjoy with my 2000+ followers. With another 5 seconds, I can add a little, “loved this book” to it. Review and promo in 2 clicks.

Please don’t get me wrong. I do NOT want an endless loop of “buy my book,” “here’s what so-and-so said about my book,” “I’m a best seller,” and so on. Trust me. You only need about 1 in 10 of your posts to be of the promo variety. People stop paying attention, at best, if you shove your products in their faces. Think about those little perfume carts in the mall. You wouldn’t appreciate it if the salesperson sprayed cologne at you as you walked past. That’s what endless promo tweets feel like.

Okay. Nothing weird about that.

Here’s the extension of that quirk: I will not do the same thing on Facebook.

Facebook, my timeline, that is, is a quiet sanctuary of Autism awareness, Alaska pictures, and happy things I find, with very few exceptions. If you want to be promoted there, you have to be someone I’ve interacted with many times. Better yet, you should be an actual friend. Not Facebook “friend.” Friend. At the very least, I need to have been one of your beta readers.

Pictofigo-Twitter-iconThe other thing about Facebook is, I don’t see everything. It has this notorious algorithm, I’m sure you’ve heard of it, that picks and chooses what I see based on my likes, comments, posts, and hides. This works to my advantage most of the time. Tired of political posts? Hide every one you come across and after a week or so, you’ll see fewer. The downside is, it also picks what pages to show me when. I get little rashes of one page or another. One week, it’ll be mostly Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid, another it’ll be The Alaska Life. These folks, and a few other pages I follow, post like mad, which doesn’t leave a lot of room for indie authors trying not to spam people. Yes, there’s the pages feed, but I don’t bother with it often. I’m more interested in what my friends are posting.

Of course, Facebook doesn’t show me everything my friends post, either.

Twitter shows every post.

In my home feed, individuals can be invisible. That guy who posts 20 times an hour is going to drown out the less social media happy folks. Which is why I have a separate list for indies I’ve actually read. I know exactly where to find all their tweets.

Sadly, this list only has 24 members in it. I assure you, I’ve read more indies than that.

It really doesn’t take much. 1 tweet a day will do it. If every 10 days, 1 of those happens to be your promo day, I’ll find it, and maybe share it.


This post brought to you by a moment of minor irritation.