Thursday, 27 March 2014

TO TWEET OR NOT TO TWEET.

TWIT TWOO INDEED

Hmm? Twitter? Why not?

You hear people talking about Twitter as if it's beneath them. That might sound a little harsh, but some say why would you, or should you share your daily thoughts with the world? It's meaningless. Why not? Who cares if you're having a cup of coffee in Starbucks, or the cat's been sick on your manuscript? Everyone and no one. People can read it and choice to reply or share your news, but at the end of day, what matters is the purpose and significance of the tweet.

I recently joined Twitter following a link from Project UKYA, run by Lucy Powrie. She host #ukyachat where writers, reader, publishers and agents connect by fingertip conversation. You feel possessed trying to keep up with all the talk, but once you get used to it it really is fun. It's an informal gathering without the noise. Bonus!

For an unpublished writer (me) there's a wealth of information and opportunities that I wasn't aware of: e.g. #askagent - ask an agent question; #nestpitch - pitch competition, and #fp - FridayPhrases microfiction, to name but a few.

Of course, there's the casual chat with a favourite author.

Have you converted to Twitter, or fled kicking and screaming back to the real world?


Wednesday, 12 March 2014

IN SUPPORT OF KINDLE

I remember saying that I would never get a Kindle, but I bought one. I've had it a few years now and love it. It came into it's own the other week when I was recovering from a migraine. Lying on the sofa, trying to relax, I needed to something to pass the time. I couldn't watch t.v. or read, which I really wanted to do. Then I remembered that I could switch the novel to text-to-speech mode. I closed my eyes and listened to The Starter House by Sonja Condit, a chilling ghost story set in a house.

The text-to-speech mode has other great uses. When I'd finished editing The Junk Room, I emailed a copy to the Kindle and spent a few hours listening to my first complete MS. To read it is one thing, but to hear it spoken really changes the way the story shapes in your mind. I will admit, I felt a little choked.

So it's a thumbs up for Kindle, but not a dismissal of the lovely hardback or paperback. Oh no. It's a great alternative though. Long may they live together sharing their USP's.