This book must have written for me because it chimes so much with my experience on Twitter. The writer, Rayne Hall, has about sixty thousand followers on Twitter. Really, to sum up her message in two words-be authentic. She describes the techniques that work best for her on Twitter, the pitfalls to avoid, and the mistakes she has made. She has tried out a lot of strategies/applications, which will save you a lot of bother and frustration if you listen to her. Her focus is on gaining real followers. She encourages conversation instead of automated spamming. I learned a few useful tidbits like about bookshow.me and booklinker. If you are new to twitter, this book is essential reading.
By the way, if you are interested in following her, her twitter account is @RayneHall.
I’m busy working on The Unconquered Sun, so here’s a recent review of A Bright Power Rising by a Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer.
Often, when I venture into the genre of fantasy, I am met with handwavium, or cheesy tropes within books. Some books have less of this than others, but this book manages to stand out well.
1) Cooking. They burn everything.
2) Home Protection. They deter most burglars on sight, but legitimate tradesmen also. The one alarm your insurance provider won’t give you a discount on your premium.
3) Airline. Quite turbulent to travel on as the critter keeps snapping at its handler. Particularly unpleasant to sit in the front rows.
4) Bodyguard. Nobody messes with you if you have a dragon by your side, but they aren’t exactly discrete and won’t fit into most houses without tremendous alterations.
5) Matchmaking. The demands of dragon slaying doesn’t leave much time for other interests. Being good at slaughtering them doesn’t make you an ideal spouse for their prisoners. While all you want to talk about is dragons and how to kill them, they want to avoid the topic altogether for the rest of their lives.
6) Banking. Sure, your money is safe. Dragons don’t tend to mess with dodgy financial instruments. But, where is the interest? And attempting to withdraw part of your savings can be a nightmare.
7) Defrosting the car. Best avoided unless your vehicle is made of asbestos.
8) Demolition. They are simply too good at this. You might want a wall removed, but they’ll tear down the whole house.