Greg Hickey Shares His Twitter Philosophy

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Greg retweeted in December “Writing means sharing. …” Lilac Reviews asked for Greg to share his thoughts about Twitter as an author’s tool.
Like many other writers, I think I’m just learning how to effectively use Twitter (and other social media) to market my work. The biggest thing for me is that I don’t want to come across differently on social media than I do in real life. Social media is not another persona for me; it’s me sharing my thoughts through a different platform than speech or formalized writing. I wouldn’t feel comfortable going up to a person on the street (or even a friend or family member) and telling him or her to buy my book, so I don’t want to do that on Twitter either.

My goal on Twitter is to be a regular presence so that people who take interest in what I’m saying on a small scale can connect with me and discover my work.My goal is to tweet (and post to Facebook) once a day. My posts tend to fall into two categories: 1) something related to what I’m writing, such as a giveaway, free content, update on a specific project or news on a writing-related event, such as a book signing or virtual book tour, and 2) something related to what I’m reading, such as a quote or a book review.I’ve built up my following (modest as it is) over time, and I don’t necessarily have the greatest handle on how exactly to perfect this process. But Twitter makes it fairly easy to track the effect of your tweets so you can see what works and what doesn’t. Twitter Analytics gives you data on the number of people who users who view each tweet, and the number who engage with it by favorite-ing, re-tweeting, clicking on a link, etc.I also use Klout, which allows you to schedule tweets to post at a certain time of day, so you can try to have your tweet appear when your followers are most active. With this data, you can start manipulating how and when you tweet to see what gets you the most impact. However, I think it’s important to remember that the end goal is not to get followers, but to have people engage with you, ultimately by reading or buying your work. Naturally, having more followers gives you greater opportunity for this deeper engagement, but social media is just a platform to create connections.

It’s up to you to offer your followers something of value so that they will continue to stay engaged with your work.

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Genre: Dystopian / Science Fiction     Pages: 234

Format: Paperback, eBook (.mobi / Kindle), PDF

 In 2153, cancer was cured. In 2189, AIDS. And in 2235, the last members of the human race traveled to a far distant planet called Pearl to begin the next chapter of humanity. Several hundred years after their arrival, the remainder of humanity lives in a utopian colony in which every want is satisfied automatically, and there is no need for human labor, struggle or thought. But when the machines that regulate the colony begin to malfunction, the colonists are faced with a test for the first time in their existence. With the lives of the colonists at stake, it is left to a young man named Samuel to repair these breakdowns and save the colony. Aided by his friend Penny, Samuel rises to meet each challenge. But he soon discovers a mysterious group of people behind each of these problems, and he must somehow find and defeat these saboteurs in order to rescue his colony.

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About The Author:

Greg Hickey

Greg Hickey was born in Evanston, Illinois in 1985. After graduating from Pomona College in 2008, he played and coached baseball in Sweden and South Africa. He is now a forensic scientist, endurance athlete and award-winning writer. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Lindsay. You can visit Greg’s website at

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