So you’ve joined Twitter because everyone told you it will help sell books, and now you’re wondering how to use the thing. Twitter is a vast mass of tweets and images, and trying to figure out how to get any attention can be overwhelming. Benjamin Wallace has a different approach – don’t spoil the party.
Giving The Bird: The Indie Author’s Guide to Twitter is a very short book geared toward authors, and I enjoyed the speed with which I was able to glean the information. I was able to read it in a day – almost in one sitting, if my kids would’ve allowed. It pretty much gets right to the point, though there is a little overlap.
The best part is the humor with which most of the information is delivered, which makes the majority of the book rather enjoyable to read. But what I found most helpful was the perspective. If you’re looking for something formulaic, this is not the book for you. You’re not going to find a bunch of hashtags and profiles to follow (thank goodness! I’ve read too many of them, and those books are exhausting). But if you’re looking for that secret sauce to conquering Twitter, this gives you all the ingredients. It’s up to you to be your true twitter self and present the twitterverse with your authentic voice.
If you’re an author overwhelmed by Twitter, I wholeheartedly recommend this book. It’s simple, concise and fun, and I think the information is spot on.