Wednesday Wing….Twitter Lists #wwwblogs

Welcome to my new feature called Wednesday Wing where I’ll be

passing on observations, tips and information to readers I’ve made a note of.

Rosie's Notebook

Today I’m passing on a tip about creating Twitter Lists.

Twitter Lists are useful tools for keeping track of helpful Tweeters. If you are part of a blog tour, for instance,  you can create a list to easily find tweets which are relevant and you can quickly share.

Some people create lists about groups of people such as “book reviewers”, or “Romance readers” or any genre that you write about.

Lists can be private to you or they can be public and others may look at who you have on your lists. For a full set of advice check this page from Twitter Help

To create a list:
  1. Go to your Lists page. …(an item on the dropdown menu from your picture icon at the top of your Twitter page)
  2. Click Create list.
  3. Enter the name of your list, a short description of the list, and select if you want the list to be private (only accessible to you) or public (anyone can subscribe to the list).
  4. Click Save list.

Adding people to your list

To add or remove people from your lists:

  1. Go to a Twitter profile you want to add. Click the gear icon drop down menu on a user’s profile.
  2. Select Add or remove from lists. (You don’t need to be following a user to add them to your list.)
  3. A pop-up will appear displaying your created lists. Check the lists you would like to add the user to, or uncheck the lists you’d like to remove the user from. (click in the box next to the list name)
  4. To check to see if the user you wanted to add was successfully included in that list, navigate to the Lists tab on your profile page. Click the desired list, then click Members. The person will appear in the list of members.

To view Tweets from a list:

  1. Go to your profile page.
  2. Click on the Lists tab.
  3. Click on the list you’d like to view.
  4. You’ll see a timeline of Tweets from the users included in that list.

Full easy to follow instructions can be found at Twitter Help

Here is a list of all the recent Wednesday Wing Posts.

May 6th 2015 – Checking your WordPress is linked to your Twitter helps others share your posts http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7L2

May 13th 2015 – Writer’s Craft books by Rayne Hall full of REALLY useful tips http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Ma

May 20th 2015 – Hyperlinks, Short links and Linkys http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Rl

May 27th 2015 – Making your post titles easy to share on Twitter to maximise views. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7SA

June 17th 2015 – Creating Twitter pics that fit http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Y4

June 24th 2015 – Creating a slideshow on WordPress http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Yo

July 1st 2015 – Getting the most out of Google+ posts http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7YM

July 8th 2015 – Automated Tweets, LOVE ‘EM or HATE ‘EM? make use of them http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Za

July 15th 2015 – What’s Your Book Genre? http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-84S

July 22nd 2015 – Should you write dreams into your work? http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-84Q

July 29th 2015 – What can I read in the first 10% of your book? http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-84W

August 5th 2015 – Dialogue – he/she said http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-87T

 

Wednesday Wing…..Dialogue, he said she said #wwwblogs #WriterTips

Welcome to my new feature called Wednesday Wing where I’ll be passing on

observations, tips and information to readers I’ve made a note of.

Rosie's Notebook

Today I’m passing on a basic tip about dialogue.

For many of you I’ll be talking to the converted BUT with self-publishing there are many books for sale which DO have areas which need improving.

Years ago when I read a book, the dialogue style never bothered me. NOW IT DOES, because I read a book with a different mind-set. Now I’m reading it for it’s entertainment value for myself and others. Writing is always evolving and is now a very competitive marketplace. Rules many adults learnt in school as children have changed and serious writers need to be aware of how dialogue can affect the flow of their storyline.

Dialogue followed by he/she said or he/she asked or the character’s name said/ asked etc for me labels the book as a “NOVICE or EARLY STAGE” piece of writing. A book may be the result of many drafts but if it still contains these basic words in excess, then I feel the book would benefit from more work before publication.

Along with the words mentioned above I’m likely to see several others which will rob me of a great read. Rayne Hall has a much larger comprehensive list of “Novice Beginner words” which she talks about in her books The Word Loss Diet and Why does My book Not sell

If your book has he/she turned to look at

He / she nodded slowly

SIGH, whisper, really or nice

Then you are letting down the reader and letting yourself down. There is a whole wealth of wonderful words and ways of expressing them to make your writing come alive for all the senses of the reader.

So what can you be using instead? Here is an easy example.

“I’ll have a pound of carrots,” said Mary, jabbing her finger at the pile on display.

 This could easily be; “I’ll have a pound of carrots.” Mary jabbed her finger at the mountain of orange vegetables.

Which one do you prefer and why?

Have a go yourself, try improving on the example above or open a book, choose a sentence and re-write it to improve it.

Here are links to all the previous Wednesday Wing Posts

May 6th 2015 – Checking your WordPress is linked to your Twitter helps others share your posts http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7L2

May 13th 2015 – Writer’s Craft books by Rayne Hall full of REALLY useful tips http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Ma

May 20th 2015 – Hyperlinks, Short links and Linkys http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Rl

May 27th 2015 – Making your post titles easy to share on Twitter to maximise views. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7SA

June 17th 2015 – Creating Twitter pics that fit http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Y4

June 24th 2015 – Creating a slideshow on WordPress http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Yo

July 1st 2015 – Getting the most out of Google+ posts http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7YM

July 8th 2015 – Automated Tweets, LOVE ‘EM or HATE ‘EM? make use of them http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Za

July 15th 2015 – What’s Your Book Genre? http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-84S

July 22nd 2015 – Should you write dreams into your work? http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-84Q

July 29th 2015 – What can I read in the first 10% of your book? http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-84W

Wednesday Wing….what can I read in the first 10% of your book? #WriterTips #wwwblogs

Welcome to my new feature called Wednesday Wing where I’ll be passing on

observations, tips and information to readers I’ve made a note of.

Rosie's Notebook

Today I’m passing on a tip about the first 10% of your book.

With Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature potential readers can start reading your book for FREE to see it’s worth them buying. With online purchasing of books growing, this is a significant selling opportunity for authors.

Making best use of the first 10%

If a reader picks your paperback book up at a book store or a library, they can easily flick to the first page of the story.

When searching for a book online using the “Look Inside” feature a reader is stuck with the 10% allowed by Amazon. If your first few pages are full of a “dedication”, “Thank yous” to all your, beta readers, proof-readers, editors, book cover artists, family members and pet dog, “Quotes” from thrilled readers, “lists” of your other works, where to find you on social media etc, YOU ARE MISSING a huge MARKETING potential.

Don’t get me wrong, go ahead and have all these features, BUT have them at the back of the book. If a reader REALLY liked your work, they’ll read some of these and MAYBE follow up and go to your social media sites and look for more books you’ve written . BUT ramming this down a NEW reader’s throat before they’ve got to PAGE 1 of your story and YOU may well lose that reader before they BUY your book.

WHY NOT jump straight into the book WHAM! Hook that reader with an intense opening which has them reading down and hitting BUY.

For anyone who wants to argue that “Giving” the reader 10% of their 300 page book is letting someone have 30 pages FREE, meaning they then might not bother with the rest of the book, so filling the first 10 pages with dedications etc is a way of “Giving away less for FREE”. My reply is this, if a reader wants to give up after 30 pages the book either isn’t a subject they are interested in or you need to write a BETTER book, plus that view is so negative you don’t really want to sell your books do you?

Updated note – do check the latest advice from Amazon before uploading your book.

Here are links to previous Wednesday Wing Posts.

May 6th 2015 – Checking your WordPress is linked to your Twitter helps others share your posts http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7L2

May 13th 2015 – Writer’s Craft books by Rayne Hall full of REALLY useful tips http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Ma

May 20th 2015 – Hyperlinks, Short links and Linkys http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Rl

May 27th 2015 – Making your post titles easy to share on Twitter to maximise views. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7SA

June 17th 2015 – Creating Twitter pics that fit http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Y4

June 24th 2015 – Creating a slideshow on WordPress http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Yo

July 1st 2015 – Getting the most out of Google+ posts http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7YM

July 8th 2015 – Automated Tweets, LOVE ‘EM or HATE ‘EM? make use of them http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Za

July 15th 2015 – What’s Your Book Genre? http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-84S

July 22nd 2015 – Should you write dreams into your work? http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-84Q

Wednesday Wing….Should you write dreams into your work? #wwwblogs #WriterTips

Welcome to my new feature called Wednesday Wing where I’ll be passing on

observations, tips and information to readers I’ve made a note of.

Rosie's Notebook

Today I’m passing on a tip about DREAMS in you writing.

Using dreams in your work has been used for years, just look at Charles Dickens and “A Christmas Carol” but now it’s a technique which is often used poorly in writing. Kirsten Lamb explains it really concisely and much better than I ever will to check out this post

When Dreams Go Bad—Dream Sequences, What Works & What Flops

What happens when I read about dreams as a reader?

Opening lines

If your book opens with a dream sequence my eyes roll upwards and I think “OH NO!” This is because as Kirsten explains, the hook you use to open the book, becomes a lie and you are in fact sublimely saying to the reader at the end of the dream sequence “Ha, ha tricked you, this isn’t real”. Then the reader has to start all over again when the “Real” story begins. If you opened with a lie, the message to the reader is “You can’t trust my writing”.

It can be much better to go WHAM into a story with a high impact opening which will get a reader asking questions – a murder (murder mystery), a plane crash (thriller), an explosion (Sci-fi), a wizard in broad daylight on the streets of London (fantasy), hot rugged man stripped his shirt off (Romance). All these scenes well written will have me asking “Why is this happening?” and I WANT to read on to find the answers.

Dreams within the book

How useful are dreams used within the main body of the book? As Kirsten says in her article unless the dream moves the storyline forward in a significant way, DO NOT use them. So often they are used as an information dump, or a back story or a filler, authors use them badly as convenient ways to find answers and solve puzzles. Some writers try to disguise them as Day dreams or reminiscing BUT I’ll be HONEST here, as a reader this is a MAJOR area where I WILL SKIP these sections because TOO often they are BORING.

Dream scenes are NOT new, they are NOT cutting edge writing, they have been done before, are over-used and turn readers off.

So if you’ve used dreams, go back and check to see if they are REALLY needed and if you can, CUT them out.

Here are links to previous Wednesday Wing Posts.

May 6th 2015 – Checking your WordPress is linked to your Twitter helps others share your posts http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7L2

May 13th 2015 – Writer’s Craft books by Rayne Hall full of REALLY useful tips http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Ma

May 20th 2015 – Hyperlinks, Short links and Linkys http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Rl

May 27th 2015 – Making your post titles easy to share on Twitter to maximise views. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7SA

June 17th 2015 – Creating Twitter pics that fit http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Y4

June 24th 2015 – Creating a slideshow on WordPress http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Yo

July 1st 2015 – Getting the most out of Google+ posts http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7YM

July 8th 2015 – Automated Tweets, LOVE ‘EM or HATE ‘EM? make use of them http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Za

July 15th 2015 – What’s Your Book Genre? http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-84S

Wednesday Wing….What’s your Book Genre? #wwwblogs #WriterTips

Welcome to my new feature called Wednesday Wing where I’ll be passing on

observations, tips and information to readers I’ve made a note of.

Rosie's Notebook

Today I’m passing on a tip and my view about BOOK GENRES.

When authors contact me for a book review, they’ll tell me about their book, its book description and where I can find it. I like to know the book genre and not everyone rushes to tell me WHY?

Confidently dropping your book into a book genre is DIFFICULT for some writers and more so for novice self-published authors. There are admittedly hundreds of book genres and the book market IS saturated, BUT as a reader I still need an answer.

What confuses me as a reader? 

My book is “contemporary women’s fiction /romance/mystery with some sci-fi”

My book is “historical fantasy with romance and a little paranormal”

My book is “a cross between paranormal and contemporary”

When an author uploads their book to places like Amazon, they have options to place their book in more than one genre category, where the above examples can be used, however when approaching a REAL reader authors need to be more precise.

What works for me?

I really need to know the books ONE MAIN genre for example; Romance, contemporary fiction, murder mystery etc. I can also visualise books in the following popular examples of Sub-genres Historical Romance, Paranormal mystery, Urban Fantasy, Suspense Thriller.

Use a MAIN GENRE and or a SUB-GENRE BUT don’t try to sell me every tiny genre covered in the book, this is just a detail for the reader to discover.

If you are unsure of your genre as the author, then the messages you give to the readers is a confused one too. Most books cover more than one of the hundreds of genres out there – romances can have self discovery in them, mysteries can have scientific technology, contemporary can have a suspicious death or some historical content. What IS important is that you leave that to the reader to discover.

DON’T fall into the trap of crossing too many of the Main genres ie Historical + Sci-fi, Romance + thriller, Fantasy+Contemporary, you may TURN -OFF readers who only like romance or thrillers rather than drawing them in.

Think of it like this; A book is a gift wrapped parcel – you know it’s a gift, the exciting bit is unwrapping and opening what’s inside. Recently I read a book called The Cunning Women’s Cup by Sew Hewitt. (see my review here http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-81Z) I knew the book was a contemporary Women’s Fiction, the book cover had the Duddo standing stones on the front, so that hinted at some ancient history. What I discovered and “unwrapped” were lovely layers of writing which built up a storyline which I wanted to go on forever, the characters became my friends and I loved discovering this GEM of a book.

Here are other Wednesday Wing posts you may find useful.

May 6th 2015 – Checking your WordPress is linked to your Twitter helps share your posts http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7L2

May 13th 2015 – Writer’s Craft books by Rayne Hall full of REALLY useful tips http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Ma

May 20th 2015 – Hyperlinks, Short links and Linkys http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Rl

May 27th 2015 – Making your post titles easy to share on Twitter to maximise views. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7SA

June 17th 2015 – Creating Twitter pics that fit http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Y4

June 24th 2015 – Creating a slideshow on WordPress http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Yo

July 1st 2015 – Getting the most out of Google+ posts http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7YM

July 8th 2015 – Automated Tweets, LOVE ‘EM or HATE ‘EM? make use of them http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Za

Wednesday Wing….making the most of those who automate Tweets #TwitterTips #wwwblogs

Welcome to my new feature called Wednesday Wing where I’ll be passing on

observations, tips and information to readers I’ve made a note of.

Rosie's Notebook

Today I’m passing on a tip about making the most of those who automate tweets.

Now this really is just an observation and LOVE ‘EM or HATE ‘EM there are those who like to use automated tweets and those who don’t.

When I like automated tweets.

I like an automated tweet that goes out throughout the whole day of a book post and supports a piece I’ve written, but after that it needs changing if it supports a longer tour/ promotion.

Those who search for KEY words

I recently read a post about Tweeters who search for KEY words on Twitter by Lily J Abernathy   She explains that if you use a tweet service like roundteam.co adding in KEY search words like #BookReview & #BookBlogger helps you find the tweets from the book reviewers.

SO as a book reviewer WHY not work with this and make sure your ADD #BookReview or #BookBlogger to the title of your book review posts? Then these will get picked up and shared more often.

So why might you use automated tweets?

Time constraints.

Do you automate Tweets?

Some people create automated Tweets which they release every day.

May I suggest that you consider the length of time that you are intending to tweet these. A look at your analytics may be useful to see how effective these are. (To find all sorts of exciting figures about the usefulness of your tweets Click on your small twitter profile picture at the top of your Twitter page (you may need to do this from a laptop) scroll to analytics and read and absorb, you’ll find out about how far each of your tweets reached, how many engaged with them and how many were re-tweeted)

I’m not a fan of the automated tweet – I try to re-tweet every tweet relevant to myself, but when I see the same tweet everyday YOU HAVE ME RUNNING FOR THE HILLS SCREAMING – they can become robotic tweet stream fillers which I abhor. Surely you can show your creative flare and write a new inspired Tweet each time? What does a robotic tweet say about you?

Automated NEW FOLLOWER replies

The BIGGEST turnoff for new Twitter followers is the automated reply that says ” Thanks for the follow, please like my Facebook page, follow my blog here or I look forward to you reading my book….”

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, remove these and engage as a human beings with your followers, by tweeting interesting tweets.

Also consider the need for Tweet validation services, if I see those,  I NO LONGER follow through the validation request.

What about you? Automated Tweets; LOVE ‘EM or HATE ‘EM?

Here is a list of recent Wednesday Posts.

May 6th 2015 – Checking your WordPress is linked to your Twitter – it helps get your post shared http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7L2

May 13th 2015 – Writer’s Craft books by Rayne Hall full of REALLY useful tips http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Ma

May 20th 2015 – Hyperlinks, Short links and Linkys http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Rl

May 27th 2015 – Making your post titles easy to share on Twitter to maximise views. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7SA

June 17th 2015 – Creating Twitter pics that fit http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Y4

June 24th 2015 – Creating a slideshow on WordPress http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Yo

July 1st 2015 – Getting the most out of Google+ posts http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7YM

Wednesday Wing…..Google+ posts tips on social networking #wwwblogs

Welcome to my new feature called Wednesday Wing where I’ll be passing on

observations, tips and information to readers I’ve made a note of.

Rosie's Notebook

Today I’m passing on a tip about using Google+

Having a presence on Google+ is important for authors/ writers, the whole google search engine is one of the largest and commonly used, so Team Google is a good bet.

If you are trying to get more traffic to your blog, books etc and you have a google+ account then I think it really needs to be set up for PUBLIC sharing.

When I go to share a post on google+ and I get a message, “This post was shared privately”, then I don’t share it and you’ve LOST potential visibility.

Make sure you have the box below your Google+ post showing a GREEN “Public” for who the post is going to if it’s a post about your book/work.

If you blog make sure you are showing the Google+ button for readers to add you to their circles and to the Google+ button to share your post to their own Google+ accounts.

Make your post stand out on Google+

If you add the star asterisk to each side of your post title, when you post those words will come out in bold *Your post title*

Use Hashtags – just like Twitter, don’t forget to add hashtags, google+ picks them up too.

Also, like Twitter, direct your post to a specific person when appropriate. I’m lazy I’ll type in @(for example)rosieamber in my post and as long as that person is in one of my “circles” on Google+, clever old Google+ finds them and changes it to +rosieamber. When I then share my post it immediately adds that person to the share, making sure my post hits the mark.

Use the +1 button on the bottom of friend’s posts to “like” a post.

Use the right hand curved arrow on the bottom of a post to “share” it to your friends.

Build your friendships/ acquaintances as you do on Twitter.

Here are links to all my recent Wednesday Wing Posts

May 6th 2015 – Checking your WordPress is linked to your Twitter http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7L2

May 13th 2015 – Writer’s Craft books by Rayne Hall full of REALLY useful tips http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Ma

May 20th 2015 – Hyperlinks, Short links and Linkys http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Rl

May 27th 2015 – Making your post titles easy to share on Twitter to maximise views. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7SA

June 17th 2015 – Creating Twitter pics that fit http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Y4

June 24th 2015 – creating a slideshow on WordPress http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Yo

Wednesday Wing….Creating a Slide show on your blog #wwwblogs

Welcome to my new feature called Wednesday Wing where I’ll be passing on

observations, tips and information to readers I’ve made a note of.

Rosie's Notebook

Today I’m passing on a tip about creating a slideshow on your WordPress blog. This can create a new dimension to a post.

It can be inserted into a post or set up with a widget on your side bar.

A slideshow as part of your post (using pictures already in your media library)

  1. When writing your post, go to the “add media” button on the top of your draft.
  2. At top left of screen click on “Create Gallery”
  3. Click on all the photo’s you wish to use in your show from your media library
  4. At the bottom right of the screen, click on “Create New Gallery” – the chosen pictures appear and can be moved in a new order, add captions if required.
  5. At the right of this screen are boxes, find the bottom one saying “Type”. Click on the down arrow and highlight the  “slideshow” option.
  6. Then at the bottom right of the screen click on “Insert Gallery”
  7. The Pictures now appear in your draft post, they will be static in the draft, but if you go to the preview option (top right of draft post) you can see them in action.

A slideshow as a sidebar widget

  1. Go to “Appearance” on the left hand menu list, then “widgets”
  2. Drag a “Gallery” widget from the left hand list of widgets to the sidebar list. Choose its position amongst your other widgets.
  3. The widget opens. Create a “Title”
  4. Click on “Choose Images” you have a choice of “Select Files” from your computer or click the top left button “Add to Gallery” which will go to the pictures in your WordPress media library.
  5. Follow from step 3 -6 in the above list
  6. Then click “Save” in the Gallery Widget and “Close”. Exit the widgets and go to your front screen and check your slide show.

 

Wednesday Wing…..Using Paint for Twitter Pics #wwwblogs #TwitterTip

Welcome to my new feature called Wednesday Wing

Where I’ll be passing on observations, tips and information to readers I’ve made a note of.

Rosie's Notebook

Today I’m passing on a tip about Using Paint to create pictures for Tweets

Adding a picture to your tweet gives it INSTANT eye-appeal

I use the PAINT facility on my computer, there will be other methods. A picture will take up 23 characters of your tweet.

Making a picture 1024 pixels wide and 512 pixels high will make sure it fits completely.

1) Open up a new paint file

2) Resize the page clicking on Pixels and making the Horizontal width 1024 and the vertical height 512, uncheck the “Maintain ratio aspect box”

3) Paste your pictures to this blank space, add writing etc.

4) Save this as a j-peg file

5) Write your tweet, click “add photo”, tweet. (If your picture doesn’t show, click on the “picturelink” words in the tweet and it should appear.

Paint frame

This works for me on a desk top computer, but there are all sorts of other technology for your pictures

Let us know other ways you create your Twitter pictures.

Wednesday Wing…..Just 2 clicks to Twitter and pass on by, is that enough? #WriterTip #wwwblogs

Welcome to my new feature called Wednesday Wing

Rosie's Notebook

Where I’ll be passing on observations, tips and information to readers I’ve made a note of.

Today I’m passing on a tip about sharing posts on Twitter.

I’m the first to raise my hand and admit to BAD HABITS when sharing posts to Twitter.

You know what it’s like, too little time too many posts, posts you feel obliged to share, posts you skim read and hit the “Share” button and move on.

How many of them will just be lingering on you Twitter feed with very little sharing by others?

Here are a couple of tips to help make some of your tweets that you share from blogs look a little different and more eye catching.

Quick Tips to make the Tweet look interesting with very little effort

Turn this tweet– Wednesday Wing…Just 2 clicks to Twitter and pass on by, is that enough? wp-aaabbbccc via @rosieamber1

into this tweet –

WEDNESDAY WING…

Just 2 clicks to #Twitter and pass on by,

IS THIS ENOUGH?

wp-aaabbbccc

@rosieamber1

This first example joins many others drifting through the Twitter feeds. While the second looks different and will start to catch the readers eyes.

It easy to use the bloggers basic Tweet info from their posts title and change the sentence format, swap some words for Capital letters and add a hashtag.

Want to go one further? Some bloggers posts aren’t linked to their twitter accounts, (see this post with a tip on how to link a WordPress account to your Twitter http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7L2) if you can have your Twitter account tab open you can look up their twitter name to add to your tweet.

Bloggers, do you want your blog shared on Twitter with an eye-catching tweet? In your blog title put in everything you need, example; if it’s a book review make sure you have the book title and the author (if you put the author’s name as their @Twitter name this will make a better Tweet) add a hashtag word in your title such as #bookreview add a couple of other words maybe exciting thriller or cosy romance, anything relevant to your post.

If it’s a guest post make sure your blog post title says something like this #Guest #Author Joe Blogs chats about his book and explains why Cats: A Man’s best friend left him Mum laughing @JoeBlogs27

What can you do if you want to add something to your blog title in WordPress after you’ve drafted it?

Sometimes I write a blog post and then need to change the post title,

Step 1 change the title

Step 2 change the permalink – click on the edit button below the main blog title and a box appears, your title is shown in all lower case letters with hyphens between each work, no @# signs show up here. Don’t worry, add in any new words you’ve added in the title with a hyphen between each word, no spacing and no capital letters, then click ok, then save your draft.

wed wing edit

This is a very basic piece of advice on permalinks, you can google more and get really technical. I find the above enough for my use.

Wednesday Wing will be back on June 17th after the Beach Reads Book Tour