Ever heard of #authorsupport? Well, that’s what writer’s lifts are for – a way to support and uplift your fellow writers with the added benefit of possibly getting some followers.
It’s important to make connections and have some author friends around. Not only are they great sounding boards for new book ideas, but many of them are looking for the same help you are: promotion and marketing for books.
It’s a give and take situation really. Perhaps, you share ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) with each other for reviews on Amazon or maybe you get a feature on each other’s podcast. But one way to meet a bunch of writers at the same time to grow your community of friends and followers is hosting a writer’s lift.
You can host these anywhere, but in my experience, the best place to do it is on Twitter. I’m new to the Twitter world, having only started mine back in February of 2021 (yeah, about 3 months ago.) I had no idea how this place worked but after hanging out and lurking around people’s tweets, I started to notice a pattern.
Many indie authors were using the same hashtag: #WritingCommunity
What did this mysterious hashtag mean? Was it part of an exclusive club? Did it open a portal to a world of people waiting to follow you? Well…we’ll get into that.
In the 3 glorious months that I’ve been on Twitter, I’ve happened to amass almost 1400 followers. Sounds pretty decent, right? I tend to think so. Now, I’m going to tell you how writer’s lifts helped me get there.
When I first started Twitter, I was discouraged. I had only accrued about 20 followers and I wasn’t sure why my posts weren’t getting the love and attention I thought they deserved. I used a bunch of hashtags, witty humor, and even replied to other writer’s lifts. And that’s when I started noticing profiles hosting lifts with that same hashtags with hundreds of comments and retweets.
So, I decided to give it a go and what do you know? It actually worked. I even took my writer’s lift a little further and chose a few books to purchase on Kindle to leave reviews on while mentioning the authors in new tweet posts. Mentions are always welcomed.
How do you make one yourself? It’s simple really. Your tweet should say something like the one below:
Mix it up and tweet it with your own style. Make it fun, exciting, and fresh! Mine is generic to say the least, but it still got the point across! You’re essentially giving a space for other authors to have a voice and that’s what really matters. Retweet some of their stuff, help them get some likes, maybe even some sells. I always buy a few books from authors on my lifts and leaving them a review is one of the best ways to thank them for joining the lift.