Back in January, I took the plunge into the Twitterverse. I haven't quite figured it all out yet, but I'm getting the hang of it. Not one to spend all day on this kind of thing, I'm still figuring out how to make connections and get involved in conversations without it eating up all of my time.
My hope is that by following agents, editors, and authors, I'll be able to keep up with publishing industry news and trends, get a better feel for the personality of agents I think I'm interested in working with, and make contacts with other writers.
Of course, some day I hope to have fans, too. And as a newly published author (I can dream, right?), I don't want to be setting up a new account in a platform I've never played with. I also figured it wouldn't hurt to lock in my name now like I did with my web domain. Too late for that one. Another Gwen Hernandez beat me to it, so I had to take Gwen_Hernandez instead.
So far, it's been interesting, but I'm still a fringe user. I don't tend to follow conversations through hashtags (#whatever) very often, but I'm starting to see the possibilities for making connections with people I'd otherwise never communicate with. Much like with commenting on blogs, or interacting with an author's fan page on Facebook.
I have to say, it's pretty darn cool when someone like James Scott Bell tweets you a personal thank you for re-tweeting one of his tweets. 😉