Do you tweet? I’ve been on Twitter for a couple of months now and it’s taken me that long to start to figure out how this hot social networking tool can be effective for writers.
When I first joined, I randomly followed anyone who seemed remotely interesting. At first, Twitter feels like being at a cocktail party where you know no one. But if you focus on making the right connections, Twitter can actually be quite useful.
There’s a bunch of publishing types using Twitter and following them is tapping into the zeitgeist—a never-ending stream of conversations, random thoughts and links. It gives you access to lots of smart, interesting, connected people.
But if you’re just getting started on Twitter it can be really intimidating, so I’ve made this list of 25 good follows for writers composed of the twitterati, book bloggers, agents, publishers and writers. This is by no means an exhaustive list of twitterati, but it may be a good start for you. Check out who these folks follow to find many more.
Here’s my list of 25 good Twitter follows for writers:
First, everyone on Twitter follows these two guys and they follow everyone back. They’re kind of like the Grand Poobahs of Twitter.
Guy Kawasaki: http://twitter.com/guykawasaki
Chris Brogan: http://twitter.com/chrisbrogan
Janet Reid: http://twitter.com/Janet_Reid
Lauren MacLeod: http://twitter.com/BostonBookGirl
Colleen Lindsay: http://twitter.com/ColleenLindsay
Jenny Rappaport: http://twitter.com/jennyrae
Nathan Bransford: http://twitter.com/NathanBransford
Authors and Publishing Industry Bloggers
Paulo Coelho: http://twitter.com/paulocoelho
Kevin Smokler: http://twitter.com/Weegee
Maud Newton: http://twitter.com/MaudNewton
Ron Hogan: http://twitter.com/RonHogan
Lit Park: http://twitter.com/LitPark
MJ Rose: http://twitter.com/MJRose
Jason Boog: http://twitter.com/jasonboog
Lee Goldberg: http://twitter.com/LeeGoldberg
Mignon Fogarty: http://twitter.com/GrammarGirl
Sarah Weinman: http://twitter.com/sarahw
Book Publishers & Publicists
Chris Webb, John Wiley & Sons: http://twitter.com/chriswebb
Grand Central Pub: http://twitter.com/GrandCentralPub
Penguin Books: http://twitter.com/PenguinBooks
Bantam Dell: http://twitter.com/bantamdell
Dzanc Books: http://twitter.com/DzancBooks
Graywolf Press: http://twitter.com/GraywolfPress
Softskull Press: http://twitter.com/softskull
My twitter handle is http://twitter.com/mariaschneider if you want to follow me. I’m a moderately prolific tweeter at five or so posts a day.
What’s your twitter handle? Leave it here in the comments and I’ll follow you. And please leave the twitter addresses for more good follows for writers.
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