One of the big rules when trying to get published is to be involved in all social networks. Facebook, forums, blogs, etc.. Twitter is a biggie.
I've had a Twitter account for a couple of years. I got it mostly because I liked to read Conan O'Brien's comments after he was ousted from The Tonight Show. There were a few other people I liked to follow: Stephen Fry, Russell Brand, Simon Pegg. (It's no coincident they're all British. This was during my "Obsessed with Top Gear" pre-midlife crisis.)
Last night I logged into my Twitter account for the first time in over a year. I added a few people to follow: Ellen Degeneres, um...ok, I only remember Ellen right now. I'm sure the others were just as entertaining. But I was quickly reminded why I stopped using Twitter. It sucks. It's like live blogging with millions of people who are incredibly boring. Or Facebook without being asked to donate a cow or a plank of wood to someone's Farmville. I can't imagine I have anything to add to the Twitter community that will be any better.
After giving up on the idea of finding my fanbase via Twitter, especially since I had all of 14 followers, I went back to working on Book #2 instead.
This morning I had an email.
Stephanie Deal, you have a new follower on Twitter.
Really? Who? *Click*
A Miley Cyrus look-a-like from a very explicitly named sex website. Great.
Well, it could have been worse. It could have been Miley Cyrus. I'd have even less to tweet to her about.