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Twitter Guide For Authors & Illustrators > ReTweets and Sharing > Why shouldn't I just RT -everything-?

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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Why shouldn't I just RT -everything-?

Don't retweet just for the sake of retweeting or in hopes of getting noticed by the people you retweet. Build up a reputation for retweeting quality material. What you choose to retweet becomes part of your brand, so retweet wisely.

Always check your links before retweeting. I made the mistake of NOT doing this once and accidentally left off a character at the end of a shortened URL. Instead of taking users to a useful name generation page, the link to them to a white supremacy message board (!).

Fortunately, my followers knew that this wasn't my usual retweet material and alerted me right away. And fortunately, I was checking my Mentions/DMs so was able to delete the bad post and re-post a correction quickly.

Last updated on July 13, 2010 by Debbie Ridpath Ohi