Just as some blogs have generated enough interest to bring major publishers around with offers of book deals, Twitter users now also have the same potential. Twitter users like Justin Halpern have turned their Twitter popularity into print book success. The book Sh*t My Dad Says, based on the Twitter account of the same name, is in Amazon’s top 10 best-selling books, as of today.
Online Publishing With Twitter
Some writers may use their Twitter feeds as a way of attracting attention for online fiction, such as full novels. There are several Twitter novels that have been published online through the site. These novels are broken into 140-character increments like all Twitter communications.
The small nature of each Twitter post and the chronological order of each post, with the newest post at the top, make creating and reading a Twitter novel difficult. Once the novel has been completed through Twitter, the reader must read it backward from the very beginning, scrolling through page after page of posts to find the beginning.
Because of some of these logistical constraints, and because of the lack of big-name authors in the Twitter novel game, novels that are first published through Twitter have not yet found any success. However, the popularity of Halpern’s Sh*t My Dad Says Twitter feed and book may spur on more creative Twitter feeds that seek attention from the publishing world. Some of these may eventually result in a Twitter novel that finds a following.
Writers Self Publish Twitter Fiction
Some of the Twitter novels that have been first published through the micro-blogging site have been recreated as self-published print books. None of these have found much popularity or popularized the idea of a micro-serialized novel. It will likely take a popular writer with a well-established readership to create public interest in Twitter novels, short stories or other fiction serialized through the site.
Through Twitter isn’t the perfect platform for a novel, it is simple to use and costs nothing. It is a good platform for some writers to self publish their novels or to start non-fiction posts that grab attention and lead to print book offers. It’s also an effective online marketing platform that can broaden a writer’s readership. And for creative people who aren’t after print book deals, it’s an opportunity to self publish immediately and to gain an audience for the work. They can get published anytime they choose and wait for a following.