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Twitter Guide For Authors & Illustrators > Networking > Using Twitter for networking? No way. I hate schmoozing!

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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I originally joined Twitter for networking purposes. My goal is more complex now, but more on that in a future post.

I knew I was going to be attending the SCBWI Conference in L.A. and figured I’d be less nervous if I got to know at least some people ahead of time.

“Networking” has negative connotations for many people because they interpret it as one person taking advantage of another. I don’t agree with this definition.

From MomGrind:

The value of social networking, especially for businesses, is in the opportunity to form real, genuine relationships with people and organizations who are relevant to your business, and who may be far less approachable in real life than they are on the Web.

Networking on Twitter ISN’T about getting thousands of followers. However, I also don’t agree with those who think that someone WITH thousands of followers isn’t worth following. I’ll rant more on that topic in a future post.

Do writers need to network? Do crackers need cheese? - by Sheryl Gwyther

Kamy Wicoff on Why and How Writers Need to Network



Last updated on July 2, 2010 by Debbie Ridpath Ohi