Image via CrunchBaseIntrigued? 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!