Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Twitter - Things I've learnt that may help/interest you including #FP

I joined twitter a little late 12 January 2014.  For any new self pubbed authors I would really recommend you get on twitter as soon as possible.  My following has increased steadily on twitter whereas Facebook has stalled.  I have conversed with more people on twitter than I expected and met a few lovely people.  You can search for like minded people by using key words so you can find people that maybe interested in your page i.e.- keywords book/reading/ya/paranormal.

One thing I stumbled across was #FP this stands for Friday Phrases.  It is a creative writing game. You write a short story or poem and put #FP at the end. I absolutely love the challenge of fitting something interesting into 140 characters.  It is really fun and gets your creativity flowing. I will check throughout the day other amazing writers contributions. You can favourite or retweet other #FP and it is a lovely community.  I've also followed some new people via #FP and had a few new followers myself.  It is not for self promotion and is just for fun. If you want to see more info check out- http://fridayphrases.com/


Here are a few of my contributions -


The rain pounds on the rooftop waking me. I am warm under the duvet & smile. An icy foot touches mine & I shiver from the cold & lust.


Life is nothing now you are gone.  I have no strength, no happiness, no love. I pray for the day I do not wake & can join you again.


"Wakey wakey sleepy head, its time to get out of bed. The sun is shining high in the sky, lets build a plane & see if we can fly."


A bulb flickered. I watched from the shadows as she smoked on the porch step. I should have stopped coming but the grave was already dug.


Ennie meenie minie mo, Shall I let you live or let you go? You look so sad you pain me so, I must kill you as you are foe.


I jolted awake. Heart racing. A passing cars headlight sent a warm glow over the room. I sighed relaxing but then saw a figure move.


I woke only remembering fragments of a dream. A shopping trolley, beer, laughter. I looked outside confused to see a trolley on the lawn.


The tarot reader shuddered. She looked up visibly upset. "Do not travel by car today." As I left she grasped my hand. "Promise." 


Screech! I heard a heart wrenching thud. Everything went quiet & then screaming. It was only after a few seconds I realised it was me. 


I have learnt about manage flitter. This is a system that allows you to review followers. It will tell you who's not following back, inactive users and use keywords to find new followers. If you 'd like to take a look the website is http://manageflitter.com/


I've also come across #MondayBlogs.  This helps your blog post get noticed, meet others in the blogging community and you can stumble across some fab posts.  The basics are to share posts, RT others and use the # it is restricted to Mondays and No Book Promo allowed.


Update Dec 2014 - other useful # to promote blogs are #ArchiveDay on Saturday's #SundayBlogShare obviously on Sunday's & #wwwblogs on Wednesday's.

The final thing is to make lists.  Twitter has the function to make lists so you can categorise groups of people.  Your twitter following can grow rapidly and you can't possibly read all the tweets.  I have 4 lists currently. 1.Authors 2.Helpful & fun bloggers 3. Celebs and 4. Family & friends.


I find this method means I can keep up to date with relevant tweets easier and I'm sure I'll add more lists in the future.


I hope this helps anyone out there.


Thanks for reading.


Emma x



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