Friday, July 08, 2011

It's a Twitter thing

Next Weds July 13th the Wild Rose Press authors are taking it to the Twitterverse.
A full fun day of tweeting our blurbs, favorite lines and whatever.

So fellow Roses, here's how it works:

1st, post your blurb or longer favorite lines or whatever to your blog or website.

2nd, decide what line you want to tweet. Can't be longer than 140 characters, but I'd go even shorter like 120 in case someone wants to add something like: gr8 cover! or luv this one!

3rd, make sure you add the #TWRP hashtag within the message so we can all find each other and readers will also see it and hopefully join in and look for others.

(Other hashtags you can use are #favlines #blurbs #makeupyourown or use your specific genre hashtags. I might use #fantasy #romance #ya #youngadult or #paranormal

Here's an example of mine:
#TWRP #favlines "Cal. Don't move."
Cal glanced up and into the barrel of his older brother's shotgun. ~C the pretty boy cover http://www.amazon.com/Demon-Trackers-Anointed-ebook/dp/B0057PHJQ6/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_4

Except, wait a minute. That tweet is long and clunky once I added the url to amazon. So I need to shorten that.

Here's how to shorten long urls. Highlight the url. Control C to copy it.
Next go to bitly.com or tinyurl.com and paste (Control V) the long url into the "shorten links" box. Press "shorten" and voila, the long url link is now a short url link. Copy and paste that into your message line.

Now here's how my tweet message will look:

#TWRP #favlines. "Cal. Don't move." Cal glanced up and into the barrel of his older brother's shotgun.~ C the pretty boy cover http://amzn.to/oLvK2L

If you click on both the long and short links, you'll see they both take you to the same place. (And while you're there if you want to like and tag my new book I'll be thrilled--did I just do an advertisement? Yes, I believe I did.)

4rd, now you're ready to tweet. On the 13th, send your message out into the T-verse. Make sure to add your #TWRP hashtag. Then type that hashtag into your twitter searchbar or you can also hover over that hashtag on your own message or anyone else's, press enter, and it will take you to an entire list of tweeters using our #TWRP hashtag.

5th, On Weds, Retweet any of the messages that catch your eye. (Hover the mouse over the message and the reply and retweet boxes will appear) If there's room add a message of your own along with. Also if you feel like it, follow their links and comment on their blogs, or like and tag their amazon pages, or whatever. Generally, just spread the love.

It's gonna be a great day.
Leave any questions you have in the comment box and feel free to reblog this and get the word out. I'll even make an "addtoany" share button to make it easy.

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