I enjoy the community of readers and authors on Twitter! As a writer, I don’t think in terms of 140 WORDS, much less 140 characters! I needed some time to get used to Tweeting. When I began to follow other authors or connect with readers, I found we were a community within the larger community. Rather like a very good planet among the other planets and stars in the galactic universe. We are in the universe of the Blue Bird! Join me at https://twitter.com/JoyRossDavis
Just as light spreads around our galactic universe, the connection between authors and readers glows out into other threads of connection in the Twitterverse!
One of the lessons I have learned as a full-time author (and there have been MANY lessons) has been about marketing my writing. No matter how many agents or publishers help my career along the way, the heavy lifting to reach readers will be mine to accomplish.
I realize that I write because I didn’t want a career as a weight lifter! Social communities like Twitter or Facebook or Google+ are tools that make the marketing weight a pleasant lift. I get to engage with readers and fellow authors who are nearby or are miles away. Some of us will never meet face to face, yet we recognize connection and acquaintance. Better yet, across the miles, some of us WILL meet for face to face conversation and inspiration.
Virtual Friendships are REAL and are Good
I’ve enjoyed retreats with authors who live in other states. Without the first virtual friendship, we would have never enjoyed that time together. Friendship that has roots in the world of the Blue Bird!
The number of people who have chosen to connect with me is absolutely mind-blowing. 99 thousand tweets (greetings) to over eleven thousand people who have chosen to connect with and follow me cannot become a distraction! Readers are demanding more books to read! Under the wings of the Blue Bird, I am honored to be able to recommend other authors along with my own books. I know that I am followed by discriminating readers who are looking for good reading. Helping them find the reading they prefer is the way author/reader friendship works.