I was inspired by today's blog post by Janet Reid regarding why authors need to be on Twitter.
I resisted joining Twitter for a good long time. I mean, what kind of real communication can people have when they are limited to 140 characters, right?
I finally succumbed and signed up for an account about a month ago and it has been amazing. I've met all kinds of people with common interests, and have even had interactions with authors Jill Mansell and Sherry Thomas (who recently won a RITA- congrats, Sherry!).
There is real community support for fledgling writers such as myself, where agents and editors routinely set up chats where you can ask questions to your heart's content. And if you're too shy, you can just 'lurk around', reading other people's questions and the answers.
It's a place where you can get immediate input from others 24/7. One person I 'follow' was working on a piece and couldn't think of the name for a culvert. He described it, I asked my hubby (who knows all kinds of random things), popped off the answer and voila, he had just what he needed to keep going.
It's very cool.
If you're on Twitter, what has been your experience. If you're not, why not?