100 top booky tweeps – 30 reviewers, bloggers…
February 22nd, 2012
One of the great things about social media is that people develop in a number of different directions. Authors turn into reviewers, reviewers get book deals. Publishers and agents function as creative writing teachers, so do authors…almost every tweep in this week-long feature belongs in at least three categories. People don’t fit neatly into boxes any more.
And your list of top book-y tweeps won’t finish up the same as mine. But mine’s a good place to start, because you’ve got to start somewhere. Your list will then develop as you evolve your social media ‘strategy.’
Ah, strategy. A word that makes it sound as if we all knew what we were doing. If you joined Twitter in order to publicise your work, then in theory you’re looking for reviewers and readers, but almost no-one is purely a reviewer. And remember, Twitter works both ways. People find out about you and you find out what is going on. I think it’s more important to know what is going on than it is to get your book reviewed. As well as ‘book review’ bloggers, this list includes people who read alot, write alot and communicate about reading and writing, even if they don’t blog. Follow these, and look at who they follow and how they interact with other writers and readers.
So, my biggest list of all (but they will really give you a flavour of books and Twitter): @benjohncock, @cathryanhoward, @danoosha, @MaggieA, @LucyBeresford,@bookreviewsbyrea,@suemoorcroft, @mslexia, @newbooksmag, @novelicious, @keris, @filmvsbook,@chicklitcentral, @lovereadinguk, @Book_shelf, @CuriousBookFans, @cescareviews,@shazjera, @JoannaCannon, @SarahCallejo, @onemorepage, @marniewrites,@janeholland1,@ChickLitChloe, @dizzyCLBB, @Chicklitreviews, @gilliallan, @GillyFraser, @yellowjo, @BrightonBlogger,@writermels, @sarahduncan1, @fredalightfoot, @wearyhousewife,@JudithKinghorn.
I know I’ve left some brilliant blogger/general booky tweeps out – usually just because I may not have been online when they were recently, and Twitter is a slippery beast. If you don’t spot someone, they’re gone in seconds. So tweet me or leave a comment here if you’re reading, writing, tweeting and commenting on blogs – you’ve got your finger on the pulse and that makes you a great book-y tweep to follow. And do check out Monday’s and Tuesday’s tweeps because…well, no-one does fit into boxes any more.
Tomorrow: publishers, editors, agents, bookshops.