Léna is also a Regional Manager for Writopia Lab whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in kids and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.

"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Twitterview You

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Intrigued? I was. My respect for Twitter, tweeting and twitterers has just grown exponentially as I have been schooled today by the most excellent Emlyn Chand, twittanista extraordinaire and founder of Novel Publicity. She actually wants to HELP publicize other authors! So in the spirit of reciprocity, I am blogging about my experience and encouraging everyone to follow her on Twitter!

A twitterview is a live interview done via twitter. That's right, those of us who like to give lengthy answers are forced to condense our words to 140 characters. Easy? I should think not!

How did I get one? Well . . . I met Emely on Twitter of all places, just a couple of months ago. And I've watched her grow exponentially since then. I signed up for a twitterview and book review (forthcoming!) and managed to get squeezed in this afternoon at 4PM!

The Twitterview was done by the lovely Emily Rae (@Rachel_Emily) of Novel Publicity, one of the folks who are on board with Emlyn's mission. (The transcript of the twitterview should be available on their website soon.)

It was more challenging than I expected - I'm not gonna lie. Keeping my answers succinct had me stumped at times, but I kept thinking of my editor's mantra "less is more." (When is more, more . . . that's what I want to know!)

I was asked several deep questions that I scrambled to answer briefly! One of them was about Gran, but it took two tweets and I had to be gently reminded that I only had one tweet per question! (It's your fault Emily - your questions were so darned thoughtful!)

I am amazed that I have actually started to very slowly build a community through Twitter - it is not the exercise in extreme narcissism I thought it was. People are finding out about things, sharing information. And we have to think about what we are going to say before we say it. Each word has to matter.

And that in itself is a good thing, n'est-ce pas? We're figuring this all out together. My own growth is very slow, but that's the way I like it, because then it feels authentic, and I can make real connections. With YOU. So it's less about marketing and more about community.

Thank you for being a part of mine!

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  1. I caught a little bit of your Twitterview yesterday. You did good. I'll give the whole thing a read at some point. Keep on writing!

  2. Thank you for stopping by and giving me a lift, time-capsule!

  3. I'm new to your blog. I read your interview on Keystrokes & Word Counts and enjoyed it so much I decided to look you up. I also enjoyed your blogs and look forward to reading more and becoming part of your community.

  4. Orlando - I am thrilled to meet you! Love that you said hello and I hope we get a chance to get to know each other in this arena!

  5. Enjoyed your Twitterview! Just read it.

    Especially loved the line, "I write the story, I find the story, that wants to be written."

    As silly as it sounds, I like Emerson's idea that "primal warblings" are out there, which were written before time existed. Our role is to hear them and somehow bring them into the world.

    Your line above reminded me of that.

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