My wife is always telling me how she doesn’t get Twitter. So – in the interest enlightenment and education – and to fill up time when I REALLY should be writing – I’ve put together nine entirely nonessential guidelines for Tweeting.
1 – If you want to learn how to tweet listen to the birds. They sing so sweetly – but it all boils down to worms-worms-CAT!!!-worms…
2 – Tweeting – or twittering – is best done at a regular random intervals – say like whenever you fart.
3 – The better you are at tweeting the worse you get. Don’t ask me why. It’s one of those Zen things.
4 – 140 characters isn’t much forget about punctuashn
5 – And spellin
6 – You don’t need to know anything to tweet. Even Lady Gaga can do it.
7 – Forget about italics, Twitter doesn’t allow for nuance…
8 – Tweeting is small talk for geeks.
9 – Tweeting effectively probably sells books – except when it doesn’t.
Yours in storytelling,
Earlier this year I was approached by the folks at Kobo to help Beta Test their new KOBO WRITING LIFE program. I jumped at the opportunity because it fit perfectly in my plans. I had been inching my way towards exploring the world of the self-published author – and this new program seemed tailor-made for me.
My progress has been slow. I have only released the one e-book so far – FIGHTING WORDS – through Kobo Writing Life. Sales haven’t exactly been heroic – and I hold that to be my fault – because I have done very little to help market that particular e-book, beyond mentioning it in my blog and posting a few notices on Facebook. That is my fault – like I said – and I will not offer up a bag full of excuses.
So just the fact that there have been any sales whatsoever is a promising sign of the marketing possibilities with Kobo Writing Life. I’m just putting the finishing touches on my next Kobo release and hope to have a third release by the end of the summer – although this summer is getting awfully busy.
So I am woefully ill-prepared to offer up any sort of “this-is-how-to-do-it” advice on using the Kobo Writing Life portal beyond this. Kobo makes their portal very user-friendly. It is dead easy for a complete moron to figure out how to use it. They have gone out of their way to make it easy for a technologically handicapped old fart such as myself to figure out how to get his words into e-book format. The support folk have been very helpful with aiding me at every step of the way and I can only whole-heartedly recommend getting into this new self-publishing program.
Here’s a link to the Kobo Writing Life introductory page.
I really like the way that Kobo does not seek to bind you into only marketing through Kobo. And I like the way that you can keep the epub file of your book once it is released – which makes offering review copies very easy. The Kobo dashboard – which is where my sales figures are made visible to me as a Kobo author is very old-fart-friendly.
For more info on writing for Kobo check my blog entries -
yours in storytelling,
…loudly clearing throat…
I am very pleased and proud to announce the release of my very first YA novel FIGHTING WORDS.
The e-book was released today as part of the KOBO WRITING LIFE beta test program.
Have a look at the cover!
So what is it about?
Max was just a thirteen year old nobody – until the fight.
He didn’t plan the fight. He didn’t even want the fight to happen – but after he stood up to Rodney freaking Hammerhead to protect his sort-of-best-friend Tommy – Max decided that fighting could be a good thing.
People looked up to fighters.
Girls liked fighters.
Now Tommy and Max have decided to create their own personal fight club.
It seemed like a good idea – but what can I tell you?
Sometimes stupid just gets in your eyes.
Please download a copy today.
yours in storytelling,