GP: An Author in the Twitterverse

This week’s guest poster is the lovely Jackie Baldwin, author of Perfect Dead.  She talks about her early tentative steps into the Twitterverse.  Enjoy.

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AN AUTHOR IN THE TWITTERVERSE

Just over two years ago anyone who knows me would have gone into a betting shop and gladly placed a bet against me ever going on Twitter.  I thought that people who tweeted must be completely bonkers.

Two years before that I’d been dragged on to Facebook kicking and screaming by the author Graham Smith.  He told me that if I ever wanted to be published I needed an online presence.  I later discovered my privacy settings were so strong that only I could see my posts, (all two of them).

Imagine then the irony of someone like me getting a book deal as a digital author!  After the initial euphoria I peered at the small print and saw that I had to be active on social media platforms!

My husband was as clueless as I was so I sent out an SOS to my son Alex who came and sorted me out a Twitter account.  It felt a bit like ‘first contact’ with an alien species as I sent out my quavering, ‘Is there anyone there?’ into the Twitterverse.

At first, it was a lot like talking to myself.  Then, I started to get followers.  My phone would ping and I would jump about a foot in the air filled with an impending sense of urgency, a form of conditioned reflex.

On the day that my first novel, Dead Man’s Prayer, was published, I remember sitting until 4.30pm in my dressing gown with no time to even drag a comb through my hair as all three devices pinged at me.  I have a horror of being inadvertently rude so every night I would stay up until the wee small hours, writing lists of people to thank for retweets.

I am not someone who is comfortable with the whole ‘Look at me! Buy my book!’ thing. However, I have no qualms about retweeting other people’s stuff and helping them.  They then reciprocated and before I knew it I had found my tribe.

I had worried about trolls and all the online nasties that are meant to lie in wait, ready to pounce.  Touch wood, it hasn’t happened.  I deliberately steer clear of politics and anyone who seems aggressive.  There’s enough of that in the real world.  I was very excited when I realised I could follow the stars of my favourite TV shows like Dark Matter and get involved in the fight to save the show.  I love science stuff, robot stuff, animal stuff and, strangely, bench stuff.

I’ve met some charming people in the old fashioned sense of the word who I can have a bit of a laugh with.  I feel like a member of a community.  I have made a particular small group of friends from around the world that I feel have my back and I have theirs. We have a hilarious chat across our disparate timelines and a few of us have even managed to meet up in the real world.

Two years later, I have 5600 followers and follow a similar amount back.  My second novel, Perfect Dead, is coming out on 15 June so I have to poke my head above the parapet and be a little more visible than I feel comfortable with.  The great thing about Twitter is that I always feel that each tweet is like a tiny cork that flows out into the ocean and is immediately engulfed by the waves.  Blink and you miss it.

Perfect Dead

Perfect Dead: A Frank Farrell Novel by Jackie Baldwin

Each murder brings him one step closer to the perfect death.

Ex-priest, DI Farrell is called on to investigate a gruesome death in rural Scotland.  All evidence points to suicide, except for one loose end: every light in the cottage was switched off.  Why would he kill himself in the dark?

The question sparks a murder investigation that leads to the mysterious Ivy House, home of ‘The Collective,’ a sinister commune of artists who will do anything to keep their twisted secrets hidden.

And when the remains of a young girl are uncovered on a barren stretch of coastline, Farrell realises that there is something rotten in this tight-knit community.  Now he must track down a ruthless killer before another person dies, this time much closer to home…

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Big thanks to Jackie for her guest post and as someone who was also dragged onto social media screaming, I can completely understand how she felt. 

Hopefully, this post will encourage those other writers who are still unsure about dipping their toe in the social media pool, to give it a go.

Please check out Jackie’s links and leave any questions for her in the comments below 🙂

I’ll be back tomorrow with a Blogger Series article, see you then 🙂

Happy writing

Ari

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19 thoughts on “GP: An Author in the Twitterverse

  1. Nice post, Jackie. 😊
    I quit doing Twitter around the turn of the year. I just never got the hang of it and don’t get how people, like you and others, end up feeling like they have really made friends on there. For me it seemed to be an endless stream of “buy my . . .” type tweets tweets from everyone

    Your comment: “The great thing about Twitter is that I always feel that each tweet is like a tiny cork that flows out into the ocean and is immediately engulfed by the waves. Blink and you miss it.” is another reason it doesn’t work for me. I like not having to be on top of it all the time. With Facebook people’s posts stick around so I don’t feel as pressured to get constant alerts and have to keep interrupting everything else I’m doing to read them.

    All that said, I’m really glad that you’ve found your niche and have such a high number of followers. Have fun tweeting!

    • Thank you, Pearl. I think everyone just has to find a spot where they can feel comfortable. Instagram, I can’t get to grips with at all!! Have a great evening!

    • I know the feeling Pearl. Once I found I could make lists of writer people I liked to follow, it was a lot easier.

      I do find Twitter has a lot of people who are just constantly peddling their work. I will follow someone and it will send an auto DM saying “Thanks for the follow, you can buy my book at x” ergh

      Who thinks that’s a good marketing idea? Seriously?

  2. Great post. Twitter can be such a hit or miss. I go in spurts with it, for sure. I love it, but it is hard to keep up when you follow a lot of people.

    • So true. I am kinda annoyed at myself because I set up lists of the writers I love to follow, but I forget to actually do INTO the lists and instead just trawl through my regular feed.

      I am getting more of a hang of it now and it helps having Buffer to keep me posting when I’m not in the mood to be on.

      • Yeah, I need to start reading and commenting on other blogs more regularly again. I was doing good for a while but then I end up working on my own blog or writing or something and I never engage back with everyone else.

        Buffer is a lifesaver! I absolutely love it.

      • Hi Rachel, I’ve never heard of buffer so will file that away. Like you, I was missing lots of stuff from people I know due to the volume of feed so what I tend to do now is turn on tweet notifications for friends and I then know when they have put a new tweet up. x

      • I found the best way for me to visit other blogs, I have a bookmark folder of my favourite blogs and I try and get through them every week.

      • I think I’m still following blogs that have been abandoned. I think a clean sweep is in order.

        I do like WordPress Reader but I seem to always see the same like 4 people’s blogs and have to scroll for ages to find anyone else.

        That’s why I like to keep them in my bookmarks, then I remember which blogs to visit. 🙂

      • Same here.

        And yeah that makes sense. I follow a few blogs who post multiple times a day and they end up clogging my feed.

  3. I too was hesitant when I entered Twitter-Land. I thought I was to old, out of the loop and just not hip enough. Sadly my daughters agreed. ThankfullyI ignored my kids and opened my first Twitter account in January of this year.

    Right away I liked the idea that you could choose your group. Unlike my Facebook page where it is a free for all, my Twitter account is centered around writers, published authors, agents and so on. We all have the same goals, we understand each other.

    Like you I have my circle of friends. They are the coolest people. It is a wonderful way to start and end my day. I wonder now what took me so long.

    Excellent interview. Thank you.

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