Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Twitter,Tweets, Twibes… what the F***!

So I have had a twitter account for a little while now, but really I don’t use it. Occasionally I think ‘oh, I’ve not put anything on it for a while’ and then write something random on it. Really I use it exactly the same way as I used the status update on facebook!

Anyway, I started reading Mark Coker’s (the founder of Smashwords) guide to Marketing  after I saw the link on fellow author Anita Vilijoen's facebook page.  One of the things he really advocates is the use of twitter!

It is yet another social networking site, but it is also about building a profile and a support group. It’s not about selling all of the time (nobody likes to be sold to), but is more about passing on information and making entertaining comments!

I have always held back when it comes to putting myself out there, but I am just going to have to get over it if I want people to start noticing what I write.

These days, to be a writer, you not only have to be a good writer, you also have to be popular! And while I’ve always had friends, I am also perfectly happy with my own company, (as long as I have a laptop to hand), and I can even verge on being downright unsociable! Before this whole thing started I would never have dreamt of making friends with people on the internet, yet now I probably have more contact with some of my internet writer friends than I do my regular ones (sad, huh?).

So today I have pledged to myself that I will learn how to use twitter properly and hopefully, in time, it will have an effect on sales and readership. I will do my best to support other artists I am following and in turn they will hopefully do the same.

If you want to follow me (and I will follow in return) here is my twitter link Marissa Farrar on Twitter!

Happy tweeting everyone!


  1. I'm glad you are finding Twitter again. It took me a while to "get it" and now I find it a valuable tool for my blogging and people I've met on there some will be friends for life. @ScareSarah follow me too! I talk about horror and other crap LOL

  2. Thanks Sarah - you're actually one of the few I've been following for a while! As soon as I figure out what all of the little icons mean, I will be on a roll!

  3. Hey, Marissa. I found your blog on WD writing mothers and started following you. I also started following you on Twitter. I've found Twitter to be awesome if you follow the right peeps (agents, publishers, well-known writers) there's all kinds of great info on there.

  4. Hi PK. Thank's so much for stopping by. WD is a great resource for writers to hook up with other writers - my only problem is I join too many groups and can't keep up with them all. Thanks for the follow on the blog and on twitter. I'll follow you right back as promised. Writers need to get each others backs!

  5. I have no idea how to do it. I'm sure it involves a cell phone. I only have the one for our park job, and my husband knows how to work the think , I'm just lost unless I need to call someone. Sheesh!

    But with you on your comment on being comfortable with yourself. I'm that way too. Plus the friends out in the internet world. VEry strange, but true. I think it's easier to contact people this way (relatives esp. on facebook lol!)

  6. Lorelei, just go onto and set yourself up an account. It is no different than using email or blogging or f/book. No cell phone needed - just an internet connection!