Anne Trubek opines on writers interacting with readers through social media, in a recent New York Times story.  Once, writers sought seclusion from the clatter of the real world, but today many reach out through the Internet for interaction with readers and other writers. Author and humorist Mat Johnson -- who boasts 39,712 followers on Twitter—says “the people I follow, they are my dream party guests, interesting strangers whose wit keeps me coming back.”

Do you use Twitter or Facebook to reach your audience and/or promote your book? I know Archer Mayor, Leigh Russell, Jacqui Christodoulou and Bill Campbell do, because I follow them.  (You can reach me on Twitter through a link found in the right-hand column.)

If you use Twitter, what does it do for you?

See below for Trubek's Why Authors Tweet.

Having a bad day? Rain and/or heat got you down?

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It’s free, it’s fun, it’s completely unscientific.

Just cut and paste a few graphs of your writing and discover your literary DNA (just don’t take it too seriously). Here’s mine: 
I write like
James Joyce

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

I pasted in a portion of the blog post “What is a Family” for this head-swelling analysis. Later, I dropped in a a few sentences from another post and came us as a dead ringer for Dan Brown!

After some thought,  I decided I’d prefer to write like James Joyce but be as rich as Dan Brown. Wouldn't you?

Unfortunately, they don't tell you how to do that on this blog..

After you’ve had your palm read – so to speak – check out the I Write Like newsletter, complete with interesting quotes from some of the great writers of the last century, including this gem:

It’s a feature of our age that if you write a work of fiction, everyone assumes that the people and events in it are disguised biography — but if you write your biography, it’s equally assumed you’re lying your head off.

— Margaret Atwood

So, keep writing, just like whoever, and yes I said yes I will Yes.