Twitter for Authors: Part III on Social Media

Melissa Foster, Bestselling Author of  COME BACK TO ME

Melissa Foster, Bestselling Author of COME BACK TO ME

Welcome to the third in a four-part series on social media, bringing four authors sharing their expertise and knowledge about Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Today, the award-winning author, Melissa Foster, joins us to discuss how authors can effectively utilize Twitter. Significantly, I met Melissa through social media. Her three novels, “Megan’s Way,” “Chasing Amanda,” and “Come Back to Me,” are international bestsellers. She’s been published in Indie Chicks, an anthology, and is currently collaborating in the film production of “Megan’s Way.”

Melissa is a builder of community, and a strong one at that. If you search #WLCAuthor on Twitter, you’ll see what I mean! She’s the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, and the World Literary Cafe (formerly WoMen’s Literary Cafe), a cross-promotional site for authors, reviewers, bloggers, and readers. Join me now in learning more about how this remarkable writer approaches social media and life!

 

Silverberry: What makes Twitter different from other social media?

 

Melissa: I see Twitter as a global meeting place, a place to establish relationships with the widest market possible. The unique avenue that Twitter offers is the ability to be yourself in a very quippy sort of way. It challenges users to really think about the message they want to convey, and to make sure each message is powerful. I love it.

Silverberry: Why is Twitter an important part of a writer’s marketing strategy?

Melissa: Marketing is about exposure. As an author, we need to be ever-present. Twitter allows us to touch many readers 24/7, as well as reaching out to other literary professionals and build a network.

Silverberry: Do you emphasize Twitter more than other forms of social media? If so, why?

Melissa: I emphasize Twitter and Facebook for social media because those are your largest audiences. I’ve met so many warm and witty people through both, that social media has become a part of my life that I look forward to all day long.

Silverberry: What should writers try to accomplish with Twitter?

Melissa: Life is about building relationships. Twitter is no different.

Silverberry: How do you approach building followers? Do you look for people in your genre, or do you cast a wider net?

Melissa: I use Twitter for so much more than marketing books. I use it to touch people’s lives. I am a bit of a positive-preacher and happy-thought invoker. I approach followers in three ways; people that I have something in common with (children, location, hobbies, craft), people that need a pick-me-up (those that seem like they can use a happy thought more often than others), and those that offer insight that I find valuable. I guess you’d say that I cast a wide net.

Silverberry: Do you follow everyone back? What are the pros and cons?

Melissa: I don’t follow everyone back. I don’t follow people who curse a lot, or those who prefer to show off their bodies. I don’t follow people who have nothing interesting, friendly, or valuable to say, and I don’t follow people who demean others. I like to surround myself with positivity and information, and if someone is negative or mean to others, that would bring me down. A definite con.

Silverberry: What do you see as effective and ineffective tweets?

Melissa: Effective tweets send an honest message about something–anything. Ineffective tweets? That’s a funny question because it would depend on the context/content. I guess those people who only auto tweet would be ineffective.

Silverberry: Do you link your social media accounts? If not, why?

Melissa: No, never. I love to chat, so why would I minimize the opportunity to meet and talk to followers?

Silverberry: What should authors avoid doing on Twitter?

Melissa: “BUY MY BOOK” tweet tweet, lol.

Silverberry: What got you started as an author?!

Melissa: Oh my…got me started as in why do I write, or got me started as in marketing? I’m going with the first option:-) We have six kids, and when my second oldest was a year or so old, I had an overwhelming urge to write a specific story. I picked up a pad and pen, and never looked back. I had to wait over 10 years before I could write full time, so the passion festered and grew until our lives allowed for my writing, and voila. Here I am.

Silverberry: Tell us about your books and who are they written for!

Melissa: I write in several different genres. “Megan’s Way” is a literary fiction, “Chasing Amanda” is suspense, and “Come Back to Me” is contemporary fiction. My current work in progress is a psychological thriller/suspense. I write for anyone who likes emotional stories that are tied to real life. Men, women, young adult–if they seek stories that will cause them to be introspective, then they would probably like my books.

Silverberry: You’re one of the most active authors I know. What’s ahead for Melissa Foster?!

Melissa: Yikes! I hope more books, the movie of “Megan’s Way,” and enjoyment of building the World Literary Cafe community. I really enjoy helping others learn to bring their books to readers, and I hope to be able to do more of that.

Silverberry: Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us today! I’ll be looking forward to “Megan’s Way,” the movie, and to your next book!

Melissa’s Links:

Melissa’s books on —->Amazon

Melissa’s Website: http://www.MelissaFoster.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Melissa-Foster/240064542695303

Twitter: @Melissa_Foster

Melissa’s social network for women: http://www.TheWomensNest.com

Facebook Melissa Foster : http://www.facebook.com/MelissaFosterBooks (profile)

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3023973.Melissa_Foster

 

If anyone missed Parts I and II of this series, here are the links:

 

Social Media for Authors: Part I

Facebook For Authors: Part II on Social Media

 

COME BACK TO ME by Melissa Foster

COME BACK TO ME by Melissa Foster

CHASING AMANDA by Melissa Foster

CHASING AMANDA by Melissa Foster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEGAN'S WAY by Melissa Foster

MEGAN'S WAY by Melissa Foster

10 Comments

  • Posted February 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Great article! Interestingly, I just heard a story on NPR about how for the most part, people on Twitter are most apt to connect with people geographically near them or in a similar location (for example, big city to big city) despite that Twitter is thought of as transending those types of limits. But I thought of Melissa Foster and WLC and how I’ve met authors and readers from all over the world (and not all in big cities) because of our common love of books. It really is an amazing community.

  • Posted February 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    I couldn’t agree more, Lisa! I’ve met so many authors from all over the world on Twitter! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Posted February 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Some graat points Melissa. Twitter has been phenomenal for me due to living in the remote rural area of the Smokey mountains that I do. I have met so many folks that I wouldn’t have without Twitter and Facebook. Congrats on the movie Melissa. Peter, great topic to post on, Thanks.

  • Posted February 21, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    You’re right, Michael. Being able to connect with people who hail from far-flung places has been awesome. I’ve made friends from all over the world! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Posted February 21, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lisa, Peter, and Mike.

    Lisa, yes, I think Twitter is great for meeting those far away and close by. I have met book club members who live nearby, authors, and simply other people with whom I have a common interest, but I’ve met more people from far away. I love being able to connect with people from overseas and across the country.

    Mike, we have infiltrated your peaceful little area. Muuhhhahahahhaha.

    Peter, as always, it’s wonderful to cyber chat with you. Your book is gaining rave reviews and the recognition it deserves. Kudos. I am honored to have been your guest today.

  • Posted February 22, 2012 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    Some great points there. I still have so much to learn.

  • Posted February 22, 2012 at 4:32 am | Permalink

    I know what you mean, Sheila. It’s a lifelong process! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing.

  • Posted February 22, 2012 at 4:33 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Melissa. We’ll have to do it again! Thanks so much for sharing your insights!

  • Posted February 23, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Very interesting interview. Yes, Melissa certainly touch people through your messages. Her tweets and responses build relationships of respect and friendships with friends continents away and not having met in person.Her suggestions of books have always been the best to read and her encouragements to take up writing are commendable.

  • Posted February 24, 2012 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    Thank you for stopping by, Sudhin. Melissa really has touched so many us!

Post a Comment

Your email is never shared. Required fields are marked *

*
*