Today, February 24, 2020 was an eventful day. I got my second professional review for Heather’s Mannequin, my Certification of Registration from the Copyright Office, and 1,000 followers on Twitter. I’ll tackle the first two occasions another time. I should discuss the Twitter thing while it’s still fresh.
For those who don’t know, the #WritingCommunity on Twitter is precisely that: a community of writers on Twitter who support each other, give feedback on their work, and drop reviews on either Amazon or Goodreads. This morning, around 5 AM EST, I tweeted this out:
“#WritingCommunity, I am 74 follows away from hitting 1K…could I do it today??? COULD I??????”
I started the day off with 926 followers. At the time of this writing, I have 1,038. For the last 12 hours, I was amazed at the eagerness of the community to prop one person up. To help one person reach a milestone by retweeting, encouraging others to come aboard, and leave positive/congratulatory comments in their wake.
Now, I’m going to be honest, and I’m going to be real honest here…I wasn’t expecting this, because my initial tweet was somewhat facetious. Don’t get me wrong, I am incredibly grateful for the backing I got because I haven’t experienced this since getting back on Twitter a month ago. I am grateful.
Since getting back on the platform last month, I’ve learned that one cannot rely on Twitter exclusively when working as a self-published writer. The writer needs to utilize other tools in their social media shed. Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Goodreads, you name it. One reason for this is that many of those in the #WritingCommunity are, dare I say, superficial.
It would appear that Follows are the be all, end all. Here’s a secret: Follows do not equate to book sales or reviews, folks. Reviews are what independent writers need. It’s our lifeblood. Hey, I get it, Follows are easy, you just click an icon and you’re done. Book reviews, on the other hand, take work. The 1K Tweet attached to this blog so far got 66 likes in 15 hours, compared to the 37 likes in 3 weeks for my Pinned Tweet (the one with the link to my book).
The communal support I witnessed in the last 12 hours was nothing short of inspiring. That was a hella lot of energy to tap into. Incredible. If I may suggest, though…instead of collectively saying, “Let’s help this kid reach 1K!!!!!”, how about:
“This kid needs 10 reviews for his book! Let’s do it!!!!!!”
Because if I could trade 1,000 Twitter followers for 10 Amazon reviews, I would do it in a heartbeat.