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Twitter Guide For Authors & Illustrators > How Twitter Can Help Illustrators > Is it worth it for me to post samples of my illustrations to Twitter?

Index of topics: Main Twitter Guide For Writers & Illustrators page. To go back to my blog for kidlit/YA writers and illustrators, see Inkygirl. You can find me on Twitter at @inkyelbows (focus: writing and illustrating children's books) and @DebbieOhi (livetweets, chat, photos, personal ramblings). Also see my list of Other Useful Twitter Guides For Authors And Illustrators and Twitter Lists of: agents who represent kidlit/YAkidlit/YA editors, children's book art/creative directors and K-12/teen librarians on Twitter.

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Is it worth it for me to post samples of my illustrations to Twitter?

Short answer: YES.

Longer answer:

In my opinion, illustrators have an advantage over writers on Twitter in that an illustration can convey so much more than a mere 140 characters in a text post.

At least one children's book art director regularly browses Twitter, looking for new illustrators.

If you're planning to upload an image directly to Twitter, ALWAYS include your copyright info with your full name somewhere on your image. I always include my website URL as well, in case people want to find out more about me and my work.

Twitter's redesign in early 2014 is even better for illustrators, with a greater emphasis on shared images and videos and a bigger background header. Twitter scales the background automatically to fit, but make sure your background image is at least 1500 pixels wide to avoid blur on bigger screens.

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Questions/answers about posting photos to Twitter: from Twitter's Help Center

Last updated on May 17, 2014 by Debbie Ridpath Ohi