Ten Ways Authors Should Use Twitter

Submitted by Belle on Tue, 01/12/2016 - 21:33

Learn Twitter etiquette.

None of the following ideas will be very helpful if you don’t take the time to learn and respect some basic Twitter etiquette. Learn how to use @ mentions and hashtags, don’t flood the feed, and don’t hijack hashtags for personal gain. Read up on Twitter best practices before you start tweeting and people will be a lot more likely to follow you.


Submitted by David Blakesley on Thu, 12/24/2015 - 13:24

Welcome to the Future of the Book!

So that we can get to know each other a little better, please post a comment/reply to this message in which you

  • describe where you are from
  • give your course of study and year in your graduate program
  • talk about your areas of interest and career goals
  • tell what you would like to get out of this course
  • describe one or more of your favorite books and what you like about it (or them)

I'll start. I've lived in the Clemson area for five+ years now, having arrived as the new Campbell Chair in Technical Communication at Clemson in Fall 2010. I came here from Purdue University, where I was the Director of Professional Writing and Professor of English for ten years. I became an Adobe Education Leader in 2014. I earned my PhD from the University of Southern California in "Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Literature." My areas of specialization include rhetorical theory, digital and visual rhetorics, print and digital publishing, information architecture and content management, and film theory and production. In 2002 I founded Parlor Press, an independent scholarly press that has now published about 220 titles. Parlor Press also manages production and editorial operations for a number of journals, including The WAC Journal, WPA: Writing Program Administration, Composition Studies, JAEPL, Community Literacy Journal, and PRE/TEXT.

Cover of Name of the Wind

I'm excited for this course because I love reading, writing, and making books with other writers and scholars. I enjoy networking, collaborating, and innovating, (any successful publishing effort requires all three working in concert). I'm enthusiastic about the future of the book, both as a print artifact and a digital platform. I read many books on my Kindle Paperwhite, usually novels. I'm a big fan of Hugh Howey's Wool books and his approach to self-publishing, finished Robert Jordan's gargantuan Wheel of Time series two years ago (a feat), and more recently enjoyed Andy Weir's The Martian, which began life as a self-published novel (like Wool).While waiting for the next installment from George R. R. Martin, I read Patrick Rothfuss's The Kingkiller Chronicle (The Name of the Wind and A Wise Man's Fear, both of which are highly recommended. All of these books create new and original worlds, which I suppose is one of the great things we enjoy about fiction.