Twitter can have a lot of power when it comes to reviving an old book. Author Sarah Salway learned this when her book Something Beginning With, which was originally published in 2004, was republished by the Friday Project this past November.
After catching the eyes of some influential Twitter users, this buried book managed to make its way up the Kindle charts.
Publishing Talk reports: “When Something Beginning With became available again as part of the Friday Project’s “Library of Lost Books”, publisher Scott Pack blogged about it on The Bookseller site, and Sarah Salway blogged about how lucky she felt to get a second chance. Then author Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) tweeted about it to his 1.5m followers, pushing it up to 500 in the Kindle charts. Another tweeter called @GreatDismal – otherwise known as the author William Gibson – said he was taking it and another of Sarah’s books on holiday with him. Other tweeters picked up on this, including @gardenmonkey and @Danoosha.”
If you want the same to happen for your book, it helps to be on the radar of influential Twitter users. We have a number of Twitter feeds lists including the best eReader Twitter feeds, the best editor Twitter feeds and the best book review feeds.