Writers Tip – Posting Twitter Quote Cards

I’ve been spending time with Twitter, trying to understand the flow, the jargon, the unspoken rules. Writers have many activities available to support and receive support from the community. This book quote Wednesday (#bookqw) I finally posted something on Twitter.

You may not really notice the details of feed images like I do. But I do notice them and that means I often think about how to make them better.

Of course, the presentation is a detail that won’t likely do much for growing followers if you aren’t already being noticed for your content or your celebrity, so the extra time may not be worth it for you.

Social Media Choices

My Twitter account is small, and I’m not expecting to grow very much. My professional niche is rather small to begin with (lesbian epic fantasy and erotica), and I have many interests I post about that are not likely shared by my readers. How many of you will put up with posts, retweets, and likes about math, dogs, art, comics, SheRa, CrossFit, ancient studies, Star Trek, Scooby, family, science, and teaching filling up your feed?

I don’t like seeing politics and have unfollowed people for that, and I left FaceBook entirely because I was tired of seeing so much political tribalism.

My favorite social media is Instagram for that reason — you don’t see things your friends like, and for them to share something they have to be a creator, not just a cut-and-paster. Instagram is my family account and I post a lot, but people like Adam Ellis (@adamtots) have leveraged it so well as a creator!

Twitter has block and mute capabilities which make it easier to avoid political sinkholes. I also like to get news from Twitter. I follow a lot of artists who inspire me and find artists to support through Patreon.

Staying professionally focused would probably help my online presence — all the experts say so — but it would bore me! When I put myself out there, even if it’s only for my own experience, I want to do the best job I can. I want to feel proud of what I create and what represents me in any venue.

Image Creation

Click on the cards below to read the quotes. These are also posted on my twitter account. Come follow me @teresawymore

I liked and retweeted some other writers posting their quotes and loved the format they used: the book cover, a quote, available format and web location. I copied an image and set my own book up with it.

I played with margins, font size, colors. I didn’t like how the images posted were getting clipped on top or the side in the feed. When I scrolled through these images were not whole. I could click on them and open them larger and see everything, but I wanted to see it all in the feed too. I researched on the web to discover Twitter has a specific size that works for the feed: 600px by 335px. The viewer will see the entire card. When they click it, it will show full size, so it’s better to double that to 1200px by 675px. It will be a nice-looking image when clicked on.

Next problem: it was impossible for me to feel satisfied with one quote! Darklaw is a 100,000 word novel and there’s a lot going on. I had at least 15 of my faves set aside while I tried to decide what to do.

I went ahead and made the 15, inserted my book cover on each and prepared them as a threaded post on Twitter. That means they would all be part of one post with the 14 following as “comments” to the first. These were images and I could also post a 280-word text with each. It looked terrible seeing the same image repeatedly. The quotes got lost because each image from a distance seemed the same.

After some more thought I decided to do what you see above. I inserted a unique image into each quote card. I used my own art, but you could also use found images that relate to the book. For the text, I wrote a unique post focused on a different aspect of the book or of writing it, along with a variety of hashtags. I ended with 10 quotes.

I put a lot of thought and time into the process because I had planned to make this my pinned tweet. The pinned tweet tells visitors who you are and shows what you do in more detail than the bio.

I got help from this terrific website. Each card is 1200px by 675px, with Open Sans 18pt, background light yellow.