by Julie Hennrikus
Cozy Chicks blog. (Read part one here and part two here). She is also part of a Guppies team encouraging Twitter use by hosting Friday tweetups. Lists Krista has created on her Twitter page (like this list of writers) help Guppies (and others) jump in and find people to follow.
All of this helps get people started. But for many the question remains: why?
Krista Davis: Lots of reasons!
· Twitter has the ability to reach more people than any other single promotional idea outside of extremely expensive TV or radio advertising.
· It's free, which makes it affordable for everyone.
· Unlike other social media, there's little expectation of interaction.
· Tweets must be 140 characters or less, so it's not time-consuming.
· Authors can target audiences and readers through the use of hashtags.
· A lot of social media churns in the same circles of writers. Twitter zooms outside of those circles and reaches a broader audience.
Question: You intersect foodies and mystery readers with your tweets and your blogs (especially mysteryloverskitchen.com). Do you feel that the cross promotion helps grow your followers? And is that helpful?
What is your most interesting RT*?
I once re-tweeted a tweet about storing a severed body part in the crisper of the refrigerator. We were having a Guppy chat on Twitter when I saw it, and I thought it was hilarious. That tweet was retweeted all over!
*An RT, or retweet, is a way of repeating someone else’s tweet to your followers. And it may get retweeted to others. And so on, and so on.
her web site and visit her on Saturdays at the Mystery Lovers Kitchen blog , where she blogs on Saturdays. Follow her on Twitter at @KristaDavis. She promises to follow you back!
J.A. Hennrikus is a Guppy and on the board of the NE Chapter of Sisters in Crime.