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.
@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.