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Twitter Guide For Authors & Illustrators > ReTweets and Sharing > Any other RT tips?

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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Any other RT tips?

***Updated 2015: Twitter has changed its retweet feature to make it easier for users to add a comment before making a blind retweet. See my edit to "What is an RT?"

Differentiate between the post you're retweeting and your own comments. If there's a danger of confusion, I usually start my retweet with "RT @username" and might even add quotes. I'll put any personal remarks at the end of the tweet.

Before you hit POST, read over the tweet carefully to see if there are any extra characters (extra hyphens or spaces, for instance)that aren't necessary. The shorter your tweet, the more likely you'll be retweeted.

Never retweet a link without actually checking the link first, both to make sure it goes where it's supposed to (see my embarrassing mistake earlier in this article) and that the article is content you <i>want</i> to retweet. Be aware that if you retweet a controversial statement or link to a controversial article, people will assume you agree with it unless you add an editorial comment.

Last updated on October 15, 2015 by Debbie Ridpath Ohi