Hardly an RT? What did I do wrong?
It’s three days since The Girl with the Haunting Smile went live on Amazon and Smashwords. My epublisher tells me it did well on the first day (mainly thanks to family and Facebook). I haven’t kept tabs on it since and don’t plan to for a month or so. Meanwhile, I’ll keep up my promotion efforts and hope they pay off.
One thing has taken me aback, however. As of today, I have 8,200 Twitter followers. I’ve been quite choosy, adding only those with whom I shared interests. I’ve been supportive of the writers among them, often handing out RTs and Favorites (even posting a few reviews) and building up a good rapport in the process.
Yet, just when I need them most, they’re nowhere to be seen. My first five tweets since my novel was published have brought me – wait for it – one single RT! There was nothing unusual about my tweets. The first two read “The Girl with the Haunting Smile is now out US http://amzn.to/UnKmwi UK http://amzn.to/10Y4Ux3 $3.11/£1.94 #romance #mystery”. When they produced no RTs, I made a more direct request. “Please RT. The Girl with the Haunting Smile is now out etc”. I know how easy it is for tweets to slip off screens unnoticed but mine were sent at various times of day to acknowledge the different time zones and with hashtags to give them more focus. I can hardly believe that none of the folk with whom I’ve regularly exchanged tweets have spotted any of mine over the last couple of days.
Or am I missing something? What could I have done better? If you have any thoughts, I’d love to hear from you.