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OWN Host Tells How Twitter Got Him a Book Deal

In three short years, Paul Carrick Brunson has gone from a virtually unknown matchmaker to a best-selling author with his own show on OWN. So, how did he become a “real-life Hitch”? Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the relationship coach tells how in the latest installment of Mediabistro’s  So What Do You Do?

“I’m always really transparent on social media, so I went on Twitter and tweeted to my followers that I was thinking about writing a book,” Brunson said. “And one of the associate publishers at Penguin saw it and said, ‘Hey, if you ever write something, let us know. We’d love to look at it.’ A couple months later, I sent him a direct message on Twitter and told him that I had finished the proposal, and he said that he would love to have me come in. I immediately went to New York — no agent — and sat down and had a meeting with them. Within four hours of the meeting I had a deal, and I signed it the next day.”

Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, Paul Carrick Brunson, Matchmaker and Co-host of OWN’s Lovetown, USA?

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How To Add a Twitter Header Photo

Is your Twitter photo surrounded by empty grayness? You need to upload a new header image!

AllTwitter explained why: “Twitter started rolling out its Facebook-a-like header photos to profiles back in September, and users who haven’t yet implemented this new functionality have until tomorrow (December 12th) to upload a suitable image. Otherwise, Twitter is going to force the change upon you, and you’ll be left with a default grey box. This isn’t permanent – you can change your header photo at any time. But, as Twitter says, the grey background isn’t exactly fun.”

We’ve embedded a video above that shows you how the new profile pictures work. Below, we’ve collected a few easy steps for how to add a Twitter header photo to your account.

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Author Sells Book Inside Twitter Stream

Would you buy a book on Twitter? One author is experimenting with Chirpify, a way to buy and sell goods without ever leaving your Twitter feed.

SocialTimes has the scoop:

Starting today, Wired contributing editor David Wolman is conducting a 4-day “experiment in barrier smashing” to see if he can sell his new book, The End Of Money, on Twitter. To buy the book, readers hit “reply” to a specially coded Tweet with the word “buy” in the text to enter the payment system and download the eBook. Is Twitter a viable platform for selling goods? The microblogging site didn’t make a single dent in Black Friday sales, which collectively drew only 0.34 percent of referral sales and 0.84 percent of referral traffic from social media sites overall, according to a study by IBM.

5 Ways to Find an Agent for Your Book

Every week we receive emails from aspiring writers looking for guidance about publishing a book on the traditional publishing route. We always offer the same advice: find the best literary agent for your manuscript.

Every aspiring writer needs to make a list of literary agents they would like to pitch. If you are looking for an agent, there are five simple steps that everybody should follow (whether you are a small town writer or a business leader with a great story or a GalleyCat editor).

We’ve collected five foolproof methods for finding the best agent to pitch with your book–any suggestions to add?

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NaNoWriMo Tip # 17: Answer Twitter Questions

Having trouble coming up with motivation for your National Novel Writing Month characters? Click on the You Asked It! site and answer random questions posed by people on Twitter.

It is the perfect way to peek inside the thoughts of real people, finding the conflicts (both large and small) that motivate them.

AppNewser has more: The Twitter tool You Asked It! lets users answer random questions posed on Twitter, setting a 30-second time limit to keep the responses timely. You can literally answer a stranger’s question in the time it takes you to read this post.

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Boring Books Hashtag Makes Twitter Trend

The #BoringBooks hashtag was trending Twitter recently, drawing responses that included Lord of the Flies, 50 Shades of Grey, as well as puns on book titles like Charlotte’s Website.

The Paris Review‘s Tumblr page has linked to a number of funny puns of books. Check out some of their favorites:

“Aesop’s Tables”—@FakePaulCola

“One Hundred Years of Solitaire”—@Dr_Dmo

“Crime and Probation”—@larrymeath

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Social Media Marketing Boot Camp Starts Tomorrow

If you want to build your author platform, make sure you check out Mediabistro’s Social Media Marketing Boot Camp online conference and workshop, starting tomorrow, Thursday, June 7.

You’ll learn how to launch a social media marketing campaign and measure its results. Read more

Writers Living in Japan Tweet About New Earthquake

This morning a 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook Japan once again, triggering tsunami alerts. We followed the quake through the Twitter feeds of writers living in Japan.

Author Jake Adelstein wrote: “‘I may have been shaken but I am not stirred. I will be the dry martini in a time of crisis.’ My Earthquake mantra.” Pamela wrote: “Trying for some shut-eye. May the rest of your night be non-earthshaking.”

Yesterday artist and blogger  posted a painted tribute (embedded above) to the earthquake-hit Aomori prefecture. Follow this link to donate to Red Cross earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan.

Twitter Murder Mystery Tonight

twitterlogo2323.jpgA Ball State Pop Culture and Communication class will host a Twitter murder mystery tonight, unraveling a crime story across ten Twitter feeds for fictional characters.

Below, we’ve collected the complete list of feeds involved in the mystery. The social media storytelling experiment will begin tonight at 7 p.m. EST, lasting about three hours.

Here’s more about the project: “Seven characters are going to a mansion for a dinner party when—what do you know—a murder takes place. Along with the host of the party, his surly butler, and the determined detective the crime will (probably) be solved … There are two ways to watch all of the comedic action. Keep track of the hashtag #popclue. All of the tweets will have that tag. Or you can follow all 10 characters which you can find at these links [below]” (Via Sarah Weinman)

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Charlie Sheen Receives More Than 74,000 Intern Applications

On Monday, actor and poet Charlie Sheen posted a job ad seeking a paid social media intern–generating 95,333 clicks in an hour and more than 74,000 applications.

Here’s more about the job: “The #TigerBloodIntern is expected to be proactive, monitor the day-to-day activities on the major social media platforms, prepare for exciting online projects and increase Charlie’s base of followers. You will learn how to promote and develop the social media network of Hollywood’s most trending celebrity.”

What does this mean for writers? As the recession continues, book advances dwindle, and paying writing jobs fade away, these social media jobs might become bizarre careers for writers–churning out thousands of tweets and Facebook posts for famous people. Novelist Cornell Woolrich described a similar lifestyle as a Depression-era pulp fiction writer in his story “Penny-A-Worder.”

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