The Power of Twitter for Writers Looking to Publish

I often forget about reblogging. This is a post by a former student (who’s gone on to do some great things in her young writing career) that I found very helpful in thinking about new ways to make use of Twitter for writers. We got into a discussion of Twitter lists, which got me started collecting lists of magazines, magazine resources, and writers. Not only does this help me organize my Twitter feed and see more of what I want to see when I want to see it, but since people can subscribe to my list (or I could subscribe to yours), they could see what’s tweeted on my list. My next project is to hunt for some similar lists and subscribe. Who knows what I might discover. After following New Pages, Duotrope, and a number of literary magazines of interest, I’ve seen some cool announcements of open submission periods and found a few new lit mags I want to keep an eye on. Thanks again, Christy, for the original suggestions.

If you’re anything like me, you set up a Twitter account when it was just reaching popularity in 2008-2009. You followed the short list of your friends who had a Twitter account. Then, for funsies you followed a few starlets just to add to your following list and to be trendy (I’ve followed Ellen DeGeneres since day one).  If any of this rings true for you, then you (bored and let down) may also have left your Twitter account stagnant for the next four years. This was certainly my Twitter story.

Just last year, I realized what millions of Americans already knew about this social medium.  For some people, 3,000 of your closest friends are on Twitter, and for you, this is why Twitter matters. For the rest of us, finding a niche for your account is vital to its usefulness. For years, I already had a niche – writing…

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Published by Kendall Dunkelberg

I am a poet, translator, and professor of literature and creative writing at Mississippi University for Women, where I direct the Low-Res MFA in Creative Writing, the undergraduate concentration in creative writing, and the Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium. I have published three books of poetry, Barrier Island Suite, Time Capsules, and Landscapes and Architectures, as well as a collection of translations of the Belgian poet Paul Snoek, Hercules, Richelieu, and Nostradamus. I live in Columbus with my wife, Kim Whitehead; son, Aidan; and dog, Aleida.

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