I connect with these people, either because a) we're in the same paddle boat frantically seeking the shore or b) because they're awake when I am. This translates into me putting my bohunkus in the car to drive to the bookstore to either buy a) the books they wrote or b) the books they tell me they love.
Marketing with a heart, as grassroots as it can get. People connecting with people - almost impossible in the trenches of the writing world - until Twitter came along and became our virtual water cooler.
And if Twitter is our water cooler, lit chats are our conference calls. Listen up, Twitterphobes. If you're a YA or Children's writer and you aren't flying high with that little blue Twitter bird, here are two reasons to get with it, man!
1. #Kidlitchat - Created by Greg Pincus and Bonnie Adamson, it happens every Tuesday at 9pm eastern time. If you'd like to join in, search the hashtag on Twitter.
Try it once. You'll be so hooked you'll tweet me virtual chocolate.
2. #YAlitchat - Created by Georgia McBride, it occurs every Wednesday night at 9pm eastern time.
You'd be surprised who shows up to those chats - writers like Ellen Hopkins and Pam Bachorz, as well as agents and editors. If you'd like to know who, you can see transcripts from both #yalitchat and #kidlitchat by checking out the creator links above.
You want to do it now, don'tcha? Come on over to the dark side! Here's the linky-loo!