Twitter tips: Following and being followed…

In February I surpassed 3,000 Twitter follows and am working my way toward 4,000. I will be starting to build my Instagram up very soon too. Putting a link in bio Instagram will be the very first thing I do though! I’ve been asked by other authors how one can increase his/her number of followers AND how one can attract readers.

The simple answer is this: to get followers, you have to be a follower. If you follow, they will come. Beyond that, here are my recommendations based on my experience:

  • Follow people first, and most will follow you back.
  • When people follow you first, follow them back promptly. You can lose new followers if they think you aren’t responding.
  • Don’t follow people just to get them to follow you and then drop them like a hot potato once they do. It’s rude.
  • Building followers takes time, but the more you get, the more likely people are to follow you, so it speeds up. With this being said, there are ways that you can gain followers faster than you think, just like if you decide to buy Instagram followers @ There’s nothing wrong in getting a bit of help, especially as the social media world can be quite competitive. I wasn’t very active at first, but it took me roughly a year an a half to reach 1000 followers, 8 months to get to 2,000, and 5 months to get to 3,000. The 2,000 mark seemed to be the tipping point. Once I hit that, people started following faster – and I got a wider variety of followers.
  • Be active. Participate. Tweet stuff! Don’t just promote, share what you’re doing and retweet your followers’ tweets. When I decide if I’m going to follow someone, one of the things I look for is if the person retweets. If a follower doesn’t RT at all that means they will never RT you.
  • As an author, your first followers will be other authors. Readers will come once you’ve achieved a presence on Twitter.
  • You know people on Twitter who have nothing what so ever to do with erotic romance , writing or publishing and you wonder why they’re following you? Those are readers! Or potential ones anyway. Follow them back.
  • Don’t be so quick to discount the egg heads. Those are people who have the Twitter egg avatar. Check their profile. Do they have real tweets? Have they interacted? Follow them too.
  • When Twitter emails you with suggested followers, check them out. Ditto for the #FF recommendations. Did you get an #FF? Check out and follow the others in the group.
  • Don’t be so quick to cut nonfollowers, but keep a rough balance between the number of people you follow and those who follow you. You can find out who isn’t following you on
  • Some people will not follow you and you should not expect them to, such as agents, editors, reviewers, etc. But authors should follow other authors. Consider it a professional courtesy. If an author follows you, follow them back.

Related blogs:

The nature of friendship, Twitter and book promo

So you think you want to Tweet, Twitter tips for newbies

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2 Responses to Twitter tips: Following and being followed…

  1. Thanks for the tips, Cara. Twitter can seem overwhelming at times, but it’s still a great resource…even if I haven’t logged in for a couple weeks.

  2. Sabrina York says:

    Oh, great thoughts! As a techidiot, I so appreciate any advice I can get!

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