Publishing folk on Twitter

Following on from Philippa Sitters’ discussion of the Twitter world at Publishing Now, guest blogger Neringa Pangonyte (aka @GagulisNP) lists her favourite publishing folk on Twitter.

My (legal) spying on publishing folk started when I signed up for Twitter in mid August 2011. For investigation I instantly searched and followed around 60 relevant figures, and in time increased this to 150.

While I’m having a late-night mint tea and ginger biscuits after 12 hours out at university, I sort through the infinity of tweets thrown up by publishing folk, which average about 60 an hour. I follow those who help me absorb a range of industry news, I delve into the related articles, videos and blog links they share, and I explore the lives of the tweeters themselves.

What’s in it for me? To tell the truth, as a student on Kingston’s MA in Creative Writing and Publishing I doubt there is another platform that more benefits the newcomer in the field – enough and to spare in one place, and in tabloid form at that.

Here are some of the tweeters I most appreciate:

Publishing houses and booksellers who provide useful information on what is up and coming, and some insightful perspectives too.

@missdaisyfrost for her snappy views, gossip that adds zest to other publishing news, and more serious tweets that get down to the nitty-gritty.

@indiaknight and @jon_mcgregor, who prove that authors experience every-day-life and are humans too.

@WstonesOxfordSt for making me wonder who is hiding behind those sly tweets. Need to find out. Will pop in to say ‘hi’ when I’m nearby.

@PublishingSpy for links to information I am particularly interested in.

@Soc_of_Authors for the stories I barely have time to read or even skim through.

@BookMachine for updates on events that I don’t attend. But will one day.

@caroleagent for suspending herself from tweeting until she’s done her job. Will see how long it lasts, knowing that usually she tweets every two minutes.

@PoetrySociety for the boring things I love.

@Scribd, who let me know what to do in case of an earthquake.

@AlexandraPring for not tweeting.

Finally, thanks to a handful of my followers, most of whom (I am sure) only followed me expecting me to follow them back. I get it; this is a way for them to publicize their online bookshops, communities, services and self-published books. There are two sorts of these ‘spam’ followers. The first is condemned by their ‘flake’ usernames (@XBooks, @YBooks, @ZBooks etc.), the other by their profile descriptions (‘The Author of…’). But the worst thing is that if I don’t follow back, they unfollow me after a week or so; yet I take this experience as salutary – how not to promote yourself.

All in all, I am hugely indebted to the swarm of publishing folk on Twitter.

Neringa Pangonyte is an MA Creative Writing and Publishing student at Kingston University. Her Twitter profile describes her as a “books-eater, thinker and scribbler”. You can follow her on Twitter at @GagulisNP.

Find out more about building your own publishing network with our past posts about social media.

4 responses to “Publishing folk on Twitter

  1. I’ve been meaning to share a list of my own fave publishing folk on Twitter for a while – so this is really interesting, Neringa. We share many of the same people (like @BookMachine and @CaroleAgent), but my faves also include @TheFuturebook – for lots of thought-provoking stuff, @JAFurtado – for an omnipresent view on digtal and @PressFuturist – for insights with humour. Of course there are many more – and the longer you stay on Twitter, the more people you will discover who you seemingly can’t survive without following…

  2. Very true. Before we were born we couldn’t imagine we would not be able to survive without air. Similar with Twitter – one can’t benefit from it before the account is created and relevant people followed. And some peers are reluctant to do that…

  3. Pingback: Getting ahead in the publishing game | Kingston Publishing: inspiring future publishers·

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