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It has now been a little over two years since I opened my Twitter account. I can't say that I know much more about Twitter now than I did back then but I suppose I've gotten better. With well over 5000 followers and nearly 8000 tweets to my account, I guess I'm not what one might consider a Twitter heavyweight, but I'm doing moderately well for whatever that's worth.
When I first started on Twitter I naturally began following all of my blog contacts who had accounts and a few other people I know. I also began following every literary agent and publisher I came across. I figured by doing so I'd get some insider knowledge about things I'd need to know about being a writer and perhaps even get a foot in the door with some of these contacts. Wrong!--at least as far as I can tell.
First of all, I discovered that most of these agents and publishers had a ton of followers--probably writers like me with the same goals as I have--and they had a minuscule number of accounts that they were following. They were unlikely to see any of my tweets and probably didn't care whether they saw them or not. Like any high profile Twitterer, they were sitting in their high places tweeting their tweets expecting their fans to revel in everything they sent into Twitterland. Where I would excitedly note who followed my account and courteously follow them back, they were probably deleting every "following" notice they received as quickly as they came in. Actually they probably had an assistant or an intern casting people like me off into non-entity limbo.
Not only would they be unlikely to ever follow my Twitter account, I discovered that most of the publishers were just tweeting marketing information about their products and many of the agents were tweeting absolute nonsense. They were making comments about the weather or what they ate or some such usual nonsense that many people tweet about. If I tweet about stubbing my toe nobody's especially interested, that is if they even happen to notice my tweet in the first place. An agent needs to be tweeting me something that's going to provide me with information that is going to lead me to success. I guess not though. After all they're just people too and they don't have all that much to tweet about either and if they do have something about business it's about their client or something like that.
I eventually decided that I didn't need the agent tweet clutter in my feed and started unfollowing all of the agents. I get enough dumb stuff flying through my Twitter feed.
Oh, and if you're an agent and you happen to be reading this post, I wasn't talking about you. I love you and would like to start following your Twitter account. Just let me know your handle and I'll faithfully read about what you had for lunch or what you're wearing today. And if you're ready to sign a contract with me then let's talk. I love all of your tweets! You can find me at @ArleeBird. I follow back!
Tweeters You Should Know
If you want to get to know some great folks on Twitter then join in the next A to Z Challenge Chats on Twitter tomorrow (Thursday March 27th at 1 PM and 8 PM EST). This is a good bunch of people who have a good time and dispense some useful information.
You can even join in if you're not signed up yet for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge and just want to know more about it. Have questions about A to Z? Jump into the conversational fun and just ask. The previous chats were very enjoyable--much more so than I had expected.
All agents and publishers are welcome to join the A to Z chat sessions cause I really do like you. Just ignore what I said earlier.
Why Should You Come to #AZchat?
A to Z co-host Pam the Unconventional Librarian tells about why you should attend the A to Z Twitter Chats. Please drop over to her site and take a look.
While you're at Pam's blog, if you haven't done this already, please stop in to check out my guest post about one of my favorite books.
Do you follow Twitter accounts of literary agents, publishers, or other professionals whom you think can be helpful to you in your field of interest? Do you follow any celebrities or well known people? Can you recommend any particularly helpful tweeters who post useful content?