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Giving The Bird: The Indie Author's Guide to Twitter by [Wallace, Benjamin]
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  • File Size: 512 KB
  • Print Length: 43 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 27, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007P8BGHG
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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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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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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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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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'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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I have heard on several different occasions that, for an author, Twitter has the potential to be a much greater marketing tool than Facebook. So last year I started an account, but kind of just left it in limbo. It wasn't that I ignored the rhetoric or anything like that. I guess plain ol' laziness won the day. Perhaps I found myself a bit disenchanted with the whole social media craze too.

So present day, this week as a matter of fact, I just reacquainted myself with Twitter. Being somewhat "iltwiterate," and in the process of writing my second anthology, I really didn't want to devote too much time discovering the nuances of this alien "webvironment." I was a stranger in a strange land, so to speak.

Perhaps the fates or providence played a hand with this informative gem being recommended to me by a fellow author. I immediately downloaded and read it in a sitting. "Giving the Bird" answered many questions for me and offered simple solutions to complex interactions. Mr. Wallace has an enjoyable comedic writing style, which never detracts from the sound advice he gives. Don't expect this book to make you a Twitter phenom. If anything, Mr. Wallace offers you a means to get a foot in the door. Sometimes that's all one needs...
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