On Being a Twitterbug
Phew! Those last three days of posts were intense! I enjoyed talking with you about elevator pitches, but I gotta tell ya, that was a lot of work. So today’s post will be brief. I want to say a few words about my new favorite way to
waste boatloads of time stay connected with people. Many of you are already following me on Twitter so you know what I’m talkin’ bout. If you don’t know what Twitter is… well, thank your lucky stars you’re living under that comfy rock, and pray that you’re able to stay there.
But if you ARE on Twitter and you’re following me, let me give you some hints about how this works. Other people may be different, but the bottom line is, I don’t do business on Twitter. Just like I don’t do business on Facebook or on my blog. If you have a query or if you have some kind of business with me, please do it the usual way: through email. Of course, all my dear clients are welcome to call me on the phone anytime. (It’s that old-fashioned contraption over which we actually speak aloud to one another. Weird, huh.)
If you’re a writer and following me because you’re hoping to somehow glean some inside secrets or something, well, Twitter ain’t it, folks. I am a completely useless Tweeter. If you want to actually learn stuff and have lots of edifying conversation about publishing & writing, this blog is where it’s at. If you want to hear about what I’m watching on TV and which workout I did at the gym and what news stories I found interesting, well, Twitter is it! Take my word for it, you will NOT get anything that will help your life as a writer by following me on Twitter.
So… don’t pitch me an idea on Twitter. Don’t ask me the status of your query. And definitely don’t expect to hear about what I’m actually doing all day. If I Tweeted my moment-by-moment activities, it would be something like this: Working on a contract. Client phone call. Returning emails. Working on a proposal. Submitting project to publishers. Talking to prospective client. Returning emails. Blah, blah, blah. B-o-r-i-n-g. So instead I say things like “I have a toothache” and “I’m taking my dog for a run.” (Not much better, I realize.)
Twitter for me is like the water cooler. You know, the place you go when you need a five-minute break from work. When you need to chat with a couple friends and get refreshed. So don’t expect anything important from me on Twitter!
Rachelle Gardner is a Christian literary agent and hopeless Twitterbug.