Writes And Wrongs: Shiloh Walker On Twitter Do's & Dont's

Best-selling author Shiloh Walker pens this column of online advice for writers. Walker is a full-time author who is published in both e-book and traditional print formats. Now she shares her experience and advice to help aspiring and published authors figure out the "Writes and Wrongs" of the writing world. Today, Shiloh shares some tips on how to best use the social networking tool twitter.

There are some things I see on twitter that automatically turn me off of a writer. It’s usually related to those strong-arm, heavy sales tactics.

Some of those strong-armed sales tactics?

Well, if your twitter feed reads like:

Read this review

Read that review

(Insert fancy tagline for book here)

Have you read this review?

Have you read that review?

(Insert fancy tagline for book here)

And there’s never really anything other than that? You aren’t chatting with people? You don’t talk about anything but the book?

Is that really utilizing social media? In my opinion…no. You have to be…ya know…social to use social media.

Now this doesn’t mean a writer should follow every person who follows them, and that they have interact with every single person on twitter.

But if you’re on twitter for the purpose of promo, it’s not a bad idea to understand the purpose of twitter.

It’s social.

You go out and socialize with the people using it. If you’re not socializing, it’s boring. If all you can talk about is your book, your reviews, and only your book, your reviews…you’re not putting much effort into it. And most of us are familiar with that little bit… “You get out of it what you put into it.”

If you’re not putting much into twitter, you’re probably not going to get as much from it as you’d like. And if all you talk about is the book, the reviews, the book, and the reviews…well, that gets kind of boring.

Is boring what you want to be known for? Not if you’re a writer…

- Shiloh Walker

Check back for the next installment of Shiloh Walker's column. Seeking more specific advice? You can ask the author any questions about the "writes and wrongs" of online behavior here. Your question might even get featured in an upcoming article. And of course, you can also follow the Shiloh Walker online daily at her website, on her Facebook page and via Twitter.