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Not Sure What to Tweet?

Check Out These 55 Examples

Are you in a slump with your Twitter account, unsure about what to tweet?

Or maybe you’ve never been entirely sure how to use this platform. Is that it?

No worries. Authors often complain to me that they don’t know what to say.

The truth is, when you’re starting out on Twitter, it can be challenging to know what to do, and at times, what not to say.

5 Steps to Better Tweets

If you’re stumped as you prepare your social media posts for the day (or week), follow these steps:

  1. Scan your Twitter lists. These are lists that you curate of people you want to keep track of.
  2. Look at your newsfeed. Your newsfeed contains tweets from everyone you follow.
  3. Check your notifications at least once daily.
  4. Review the profiles of experts in publishing and writing and colleagues who write in your genre.
  5. Sign up for Google Alerts and Mix to receive regular updates of interest to your followers.

What to Tweet? Check out These Examples

If you’re still perplexed, keep this list of 44 tweets nearby and refer to it every day. This list will always keep your tweets fresh.

  1. Quotes from authors you know
  2. Quotes from authors you admire
  3. Quote from authors about writing
  4. Quotes about reading
  5. Quotes about how reading is closely tied to writing
  6. Images of book covers from your favorite authors
  7. Images of libraries
  8. Images of bookstores
  9. Pictures of unusual bookshelves
  10. Books you like by other authors
  11. Tweets about your new blog posts
  12. Tweets about blog posts from colleagues
  13. Tweets about blog posts from experts in book marketing, writing, publishing, and social media
  14. Tweets that lead readers to specific landing pages on your website
  15. Tweets that lead readers to a popular Facebook post you wrote
  16. Vacation images
  17. Holiday images
  18. Images of your writing desk
  19. Pictures of an outdoor café where you like to write
  20. Photos of your backyard where you enjoy writing
  21. Images of your dog or cat
  22. Quotes from your book
  23. Questions
  24. Answers
  25. Expressions of gratitude
  26. Quotes from positive reviews of your books on Amazon
  27. Tweet quotes about writing tips and use the #WriterWednesday hashtag
  28. Tweet an inspirational quote on Mondays and include the hashtag #MotivationMonday
  29. Use the hashtags #1LineWednesday and #1LineFriday to tweet a great line from a book you’ve read or are reading
  30. Send a tweet and use the hashtag #FridayReads to tell your audience what you’re reading now
  31. Links to podcasts you’ve enjoyed
  32. Links to your podcast episodes
  33. Include links to a freebie you offer on your website
  34. Send a tweet for an email list signup on your website that includes an “ethical bribe,” a free gift
  35. Tweet a link so that people can download a free copy of the first chapter of your book or the first book in a series you wrote
  36. Information about book fairs and events of interest to your readers
  37. Ask for introductions
  38. Announcements of a Twitter contest you’re hosting
  39. Notify your readers when one of your books is available for free
  40. Occasionally tweet about your book but never ask people to buy it or fill your tweet with hashtags your readers won’t understand
  41. Announce the nominees and then the winner of the Man Booker Prize
  42. Share news about new nominees for the Pulitzer Prize and then share the winner’s name and the book that he or she wrote
  43. Share the good news about the world’s new Nobel Laureate in Literature
  44. Let your readers know about new books being released soon within your genre
  45. Tell your readers about the nominees for this year’s National Book Award and then announce the winners
  46. Share the news when you’ve won an award for one of your books
  47. Tweet quotes about your genres, such as what makes a good mystery or thriller novel
  48. Talk about new publications from famous authors who write in your genre
  49. Tweet fun/humorous images about books and reading
  50. Talk about the importance of literacy
  51. Tweet about developments that may be news-related that are pertinent to your genre
  52. Share a link to your Goodreads account, so your readers will know what you’ve read and what you’re reading
  53. Let your readers know when you’ve reviewed a book on Goodreads
  54. Share your reviews about your books that are on Goodreads
  55. Check trending issues and incorporate trending hashtags into tweets when it makes sense for your genre, novel, and brand

So, now you have 55 suggestions for tweets. By the way, you can use these examples for all of your social media updates, including Instagram and Facebook.

If you have additional questions about what you should talk about on social media, please contact me.

Take care,
Frances Caballo
Social Media Consultant
Social Media Just for Writers

PO Box 14354, Santa Rosa
CA 95402 United States

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