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Giving The Bird: The Indie Author's Guide to Twitter [Kindle Edition]

Benjamin Wallace
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Get on Twitter,” they said.
“You’ll sell lots of books,” they said.
“They can suck it,” you said.
You got on Twitter and tried to sell your books, but nothing happened.
You searched for readers, but just kept attracting spam.

So, what’s the point?

Twitter is a powerful marketing tool for the indie author. Within its ranks are millions of readers looking for new authors and new books. But, simply broadcasting your link isn’t going to get you the attention you need.

This concise guide doesn’t focus on the nuts and bolts of Twitter. It will not tell you how to gain a kabillion followers. It will tell you what “they” don’t – what to tweet to build your brand as an author.

This guide is about how to sell yourself as a person and a brand, one tweet at a time, to an engaged group of followers.

So, why is the guide so short? Because, just like on Twitter, it doesn’t take a lot of words to communicate a powerful message.


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  • File Size: 355 KB
  • Print Length: 43 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007P8BGHG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,818 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I should've given this book four stars instead of five. . . for making me read it at one sitting. Now I'm on the Twitter website, have a crick in my neck and no Ben Gay or other salve to rub on it.

Knowledge like this CAN hurt.

This is the first common sense "how to do it" no BS book about today's technology and social media I have ever read, let alone purchased.

Wallace gives the reader the benefit of his decade-plus in advertising, marketing and promotions by explaining what Twitter can and cannot do, and better yet, what you should and (more importantly) should NOT do.

The book is easy to read (ask my aching neck if you don't believe me), very concise, self-deprecating at just the right places, brutally honest and best of all, it works.

What this book is NOT: It is not one of those scam direct advertisement debacles you get spammed with in which you read and read and read, scroll down the page and keep scrolling only to get to the part that says, "For the REAL secret of how to make zillions of dollars like me, sign up for my secret newsletter and send $24.95 for my amazing secrets all contained in this incredible e-book!!!"

What this book IS: The best damn $3 you'll spend on an e-book this year if you are in to social networking and social media to enhance your present business model.

Good job, Mr. Wallace.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short, Sweet, Simple June 15, 2012
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This has got to be the most surgically precise book ever written about Twitter. Get in, get out, then get on Twitter.

While it covers the basics of using Twitter, its real strength lies in the "why" and "what for" departments. Rather than simply re-telling us how to use the service, the author does a great job of explaining how to build an audience by following the unwritten rules of Tweeting etiquette. Moreover, the slant of this little guide is geared toward authors looking to promote and sell their work without making the same, obnoxious mistakes currently cluttering up the Twitterverse.

My only complaint was that I found the dinner party metaphor a tad trite. Mercifully, it only lasted a page or so. Perhaps this little niggle is the result of my real-life aversion to dinner parties in general, and something for which I shouldn't fault the author. Sorry.

I would recommend this guide over all of the others to anyone considering using Twitter. It's short, sweet, and simple -- you know, just like a tweet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It works! April 4, 2012
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As an author I knew I needed to make Twitter work for me but I wasn't sure how. I learn the techie stuff on a "need to know" basis but I have to do so much research already for my work the last thing I need is to wade through all the info-junk on how to utilize Twitter effectively. I wanted some nice person to explain it to me over breakfast. Not only did this book do that but Ben Wallace is one funny guy, which made the learning not so painful. In fact, I laughed so much reading it that my family started to make fun of me and THAT was painful, but . . .

I immediately changed my Twitter profile to what he recommended and did only one step he outlines (I'm taking this in small chunks) and I went from 45 followers the first day to 121 two days later. Two days! And I haven't actually completed that first step - it's a process. So do I recommend this book? Absolutely. It's short, sweet, and to the point. And more importantly, it works right out of the gate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tells EXACTLY How To Build a Following That Buys Your Book September 26, 2012
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Finally, a book that gets into the SPECIFICS of how to build a huge and loyal following that buys your books. It really is about making friends on Twitter and a lot less about promotion. No other book provides anywhere as specific instructions on just how to do that. It is an eye-opening book that should definitely make an author go "Ah huh. I can do that and it makes a lot of sense." I remember when I was reading John Locke's famous (or infamous, depending on how you look at it) book How I Sold 1 Million eBooks In 5 Months. John Locke sold his ebooks largely by developing a devoted following of friends and advocates on Twitter. John Locke's book, in my opinion, didn't go into enough specifics about how to do that. This book does! I've already completely revised my Twitter strategy after having finished this book two days ago. It's a quick, easy, and entertaining read that cuts right to the chase and provide the exact details I need to develop a large following of friends who buy my books. This is one of the top three of four books I've read on ebook marketing. I most highly recommend it to all authors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Giving the Bird May 2, 2012
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A MUST read for any author wishing to help boost their promotional selling power...without actually selling. Clever ideas I have seen demonstrated by Ben Wallace that truly work towards huge selling success. A hilarious read is almost guaranteed with his books. I highly recommend this book to every serious author interested in increasing book sales in a fun and successful way. A witty & helpful book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Advice August 26, 2012
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'Giving the Bird: The Indie Author's Guide to Twitter' is an irreverent guide to the world of Twitter.

How your followers find you and how you follow people matter. Just because the local HVAC company follows you doesn't mean you have to. Creating a community of like minded people is more productive than following spambot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book - worth reading just for the comedy value
If this book taught me nothing about Twitter, I would still recommend it for being such a funny read. As it happens, the book also taught me a lot about Twitter. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JS Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Impossible not to like this book
Because at the end of the day Benjamin Wallace really tells you how to be a better and happier person, sort of like Jesus or the Buddha if they were very witty and putting out... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard L. Meehan
5.0 out of 5 stars Clean Underwear
Don't ask why I named this review "Clean Underwear". If you read "Giving the Bird" you will understand. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lloyd Lofthouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
Thanks for sharing Ben. This is a great little book loaded with tips and important views on the Twitter thing... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Blondieco
5.0 out of 5 stars Good information in bite sized chunks
As an Amazon author, Ben succeeded in giving me some fresh ideas for communicating with my Twitter followers. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ballenamar
5.0 out of 5 stars To the point
I liked this short book because it got straight to the point. The author was funny also. Mark Clayborne, author of Hidden Credit Repair Secrets
Published 13 months ago by Mark Clayborne
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Helpful
Entertaining and helpful, but nothing groundbreaking: don't be a d-bag, don't spam your own stuff constantly, etc. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bob Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and funny, exactly what I needed
"Giving the Bird: The Indie Author's Guide to Twitter" by Benjamin Wallace is a terrific book I highly recommend to any author who wants to boost his or her book with... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tina Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Increase twitter followers
I bought this because I am writing a book and everyone says you need to be on Twitter to sell books. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars A very helpful little tool
Being an indie writer and new to Twitter and tweeting I had already purchased a Dummies guide on the matter. But this little book, Giving The Bird, is a gem. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Anthony Mcmanus
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I was born in Canada; I grew up in Texas. In between I've had a thousand fascinations.

Little things. Trivial things. Almost anything can catch my imagination and spur on a thought-a random article on Wikipedia can cost me hours of a day as I link from page to page.

Mix this active imagination with poor time management skills and you get me. I have more ideas for stories than I have time to tell.

But, I'm trying; I write in the wee hours, the downtime hours, and the many hours when I should be sleeping. One day I hope to write in the daylight hours. Maybe then I'll be able to stay a step ahead of my imagination.

Until then I'll do my best to write books worth reading with jokes worth laughing at as fast as I can. The serious stuff is being taken care of by a world full of great writers. I don't want to shock you or change your mind. I don't even care if it makes you think. I just want you to squirt that drink out your nose.

Hope it's not carbonated.

That tends to sting.

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