I'm going through a crisis of Twitter. They changed their terms of service and can now track me anywhere, even when I'm not on Twitter (and you should see the things I search on, for researching my books!). I even got an email that I may be followed by a Russian bot. Do I care that a Russian bot is following me? No. A follower is a follower is a follower. I don't even care if they retweet me, because any exposure of my books is good, in my opinion.
What does Twitter really do for an author? Like a billboard for your books, it gets your author name and title out there. However, many days, I feel like I'm playing the 'retweeting game,' where you tweet me, I tweet you, and that's that. Nothing feels like it's worth it.
I had this revelation, though, when retweeting people's books this morning. When I see their name, I have an automatic image of what they write/produce. That seed's been planted in my brain of what books are out there, from people I follow, or my 'friends.' If I see that book in any other place, I have an instant fondness for that, because I 'know' the author through Twitter.
If I didn't have Twitter, I wouldn't know any of these authors at all. I wouldn't be able to interact with them, because I don't spend much time on other social media.
Wow. It was like a slap in the face that maybe Twitter is a great tool for authors. Maybe a 'tweet for a tweet' is helping.
Thank you to all my retweeters. I consider you to be in my 'family of authors' that are my friends.
Have a super day!