I often get asked by authors how to connect with people that will read my book. While it is a slightly painstaking thing to do once you get set up and look in the right places you can find readers on Twitter. A big time wasting mistake is to follow other authors at random. I am sure you have other friends that are authors and thats ok but don’t go following other authors just thinking their fans will buy your book.
The key is to follow authors in your genre. If you are writing Harry Potter like books wouldn’t it make sense to follow some people that are following J.K. Rowling? Twitter has a good search tool to find people that are similar to you or have the same interest. Make sure you are logged into Twitter and click on the Who to Follow tool. You are bound to find authors in your genre hat have a big following. You can also get to this from your profile page. See the Yellow Arrow and red circle in the picture below.
Finding Your Writing Genre Followers
Once you view the recommended followers on Twitter you will get to a screen that looks like this. For the sake of this article lets say we are writing in the thriller genre. I would think that following and account called eBookThrillers would be a good place to start. We go and follow them since they are in the genre. They are not an author but a service that helps people find the best thrillers. This is like hitting the jackpot.
Looks like we have found a great place to start. They have over 10,000 people following them on Twitter. Click on the followers that I highlighted with the red circle.
I am sure a lot are people that buy thriller books since they are following a Twitter account that blast out new thrillers. We click on their followers and find some people that look interesting.
While the tops ones are not exactly what we are looking for you can see a list of who follows eBookThrillers and go and find some readers to follow. As I am scrolling and looking I will also look for other authors in the genre and see if they have a big following and follow some of their followers in the same way I described above. Personally I do this as a daily task. I do about 50 – 100 a day and you could do more if you wish. I think Twitter allows you to follow about 2000 people a day based on the amount of people you are already following of course.
Sometimes you can look at the peoples list and find some good ones to follow. On the upper left hand side under favorites you will see List. Click on that and you may find some great places to find more readers. if you want to find readers that are local to you check out our Twitter for book signings page. It has some great information for finding local Twitter followers.