…more Rolls of Honour…the aRT of the RT…

There are some Twitter people apparently who profess great interest in getting ReTweets about what other people have for their breakfast…from my side I have to confess I really don’t give a snap, crackle, or pop about any of that…but I have become a cereal, oops, serial offender of another type of RT. One of the major tools the great God, Web-by has given us is the ability to viral-ize (if that’s a new word for your lexicon, I’m claiming it Mr Webster) messages at the speed of a button touch…Through an instrument that I still don’t fully comprehend, TweetDeck, I am gifted the propensity to filter and see the tweets of other authors in this marvelous family who are, quite bluntly, looking for the proverbial leg up…and why not, I say?…the labours of the fraternity/sorority of the quill-pushers netherworld are often unseen, angst-ridden, hair pulling ( for those of us who have any left ) late-night, early-morning  sessions,,,foregoing contact for eons on end from the rest of humanity…the simple gift of rewarding these lost souls lies at the end of our collective thumb…ReTweeting. The algorithm (lovely word, that… must look it up some time to see what it means) that multiplies the thumb-tapping is incredibly powerful…try it, you’ll like it…the pleasure that comes from helping one of our own to get ethereal traction is free, and it’s wonderfully satisfying … a few times every day, when I have even five or ten minutes to browse my filter list of author tweets, I rejoice in clicking RTs left, right and centre, even for authors I have no direct Twitter relationship with (yet), and lo and behold, at some time later, that treasure is returned…i LUV IT !!!! Now what about those who may complain about the so-called ‘spamming’ slant  to all of this?..The GRUMPIES..?  Let them steep in their grump, I say… these are the same GRUMPIES who spend about a hundred dollars to have a whole library on Kindle, then whine when an author has the audacity to ask for a couple of bucks for a year’s work, less than the price of half a doughnut in some places… well, let them eat doughnut, I say…RT and be damned… Here’s the beginnings only of a list of fabulous pals I’ve encountered on this happy trudge, who are not averse to the odd RT here and there, and others who spend a lot of their own time assisting others in the authors diaspora to breath a little of the summer air…It is NOT comprehensive, and it is NOT in any particular order of merit ( ‘coz sometimes we all can be just a tad PRECIOUS about such things, can’t we…?)

@jaycuejay

@ruthninawelsh

@LifeRestored

@Indie_Kindle

@Katrinblue

@WendyCartmell

@LGroveArts

@886niko

@jim_coleman

@mikeslickster

@onisha

@EllisVidler

@treequeen

@crimeficreader

@rozwood1970

@mikeinla09

@Mirandastork

@greg_geek

@KatyHuthJones

@samanthajamison

@the13thdoorway

@BobbyMadigan

@Glasgowlee

@jayeandrew

@backporchlady

@CA_Kendrick

@EdwardGGordon

@originaloflaura

@rnmorris

@adders500

@Freddy_Mash

@IHPower

@MeanOldManMike

@aly3008

@SirBenfro

@momilp

@amyjarecki

@HelenMPearce

@kindle_promo

@ukeditor

@AndyHolloman

@Stephenwoodfin

@davidtlender

@TheWritersRoad

@CeliasJourney

@scarberryfields

@ds_butler

@DundeePoet

@ItDaFiveOh

@_VanessaWho

@ChrisPetersenTX

@LemuelRoem

@seams16

@crowe_lisa

@Wendy2066

@MG_WELLS

@TeodorFlonta

@Digital_Hobo

@panika

@hawkssr128

@james_lennie

@dleadbeater2011

@Goal786

@ogtomes

@Dearharts

@StephenEdger

@LATripp2818

@guernseyevacuee

@Heln_White2011

@susanlouineau

@TanjaArtStudio

@atocher

@plantagenatea

@AnneAllen21

@juniewal

@dnlkenyon

@CollapseNovel

@RStephenson5

@FifeRover

@TheDeadlySeries

@RebeccaRatliff

@shellieblum

@BethLynne1

@thewhiteou

@jack_rylance

@btocher

@BerwickBabs

@JedLomax

@katelaity

@lochee

@AnyaLipska

@ColinBaines

@HarryCocque

@ceesav

@authorzoesharp

@DavidDWilson

@janewenhamjones

@AnthonyGillis

@eBookBuilders

@squidpublishing

@tobywneal

@janromes

@littlelamb

@iblogtoglasgow

@susan_buchanan

@crimefilover

@mcswainandbeck

@janeldridge1

@jay_squires

@Gary_C_KIng

@terrytyler4

@RobSowrey

@TheMasterThief

@mcjordan37

@TParrington

@PatMcDermott

@KissablySweet1

Sheesh.., I’m quite tuckered out with all that typing,…Nurse, can you sort my pillow, I think I’ll take my nap now…see y’all later…….

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50 responses to “…more Rolls of Honour…the aRT of the RT…

  1. Hi Seamus, Thanks so much for mentioning me! I am quite new to twitter but I love to RT authors and read their work. When time is short the RT button is brilliant. I do, though, love to see others personal comments on authors’ work and I do think that these tweets have added value. As for people complaining about price, I am with you on this. If I download an author for free and like their work I then buy something from them. People have put hearts and souls into these books, leave alone time, blood sweat and tears, and if the work is good then we should all pay for it. My best to you, I loved The Violin Man’s Legacy by the way! Ruth

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  2. akismet-774b0267bf2250d929a1867a09aedfd9

    Honoured Seumas, and you even spelt my name right. Joking aside, that’s an impressive list of “aide de camp.”
    Good luck with “Vengence.”

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  3. Honored to be listed. Thank you.

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  4. Hi Seamus.
    Thanks for putting me on that list, it means a lot. And what a great blog post this is. I mean, I am still on a early learning curve when it comes to the whole writing picture, as I’m still on my creative writing course. However, the info I’m learning is still very new in my head, and it is one million percent important. I’ve read many an article and book on the publishing side of it, and they point out clearly how difficult that side of the writing world is. So, it makes perfect sense to help each other out in anyway possible. If that means a little spam on someone elses behalf so they can make a living, then so be it.

    Great post Seamus!

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  5. Wonderful post, Seumas. Thank you for including me on your non-Grumpie list 🙂 And please let everyone know that you’re visiting my book blog today for a most delightful interview! http://acrosstheplainofshiningbooks.blogspot.com/2012/07/seumas-gallacher-vengeance-wears-black.html

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  6. Oh my goodness, that’s quite a list! I can’t believe you typed the whole thing 🙂

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    • The same way as I do my novels ,m”lady.. one finger from each hand.. so far it works for me.. if i try any more than that it becomes complete garbage, other than just the normal plain ol’ garbage /.. :):):)

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  7. Thanks for the mention, Seumas. I hate being on either end of the hard sell, so simply being pleasant to people seems a better way to go about life in the Twitterverse. I’m honoured to have come to your attention 🙂

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  8. The community of #Indie authors on twitter is amazing. I am honored to be on your list. Planning to follow some of these fine folks.

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    • Oh, believe me, with no attempt at false modesty, I am the one who is honoured.. I continue to be absolutely blown away with the kindness and support shown on here .. Cheers, Onisha .. Have a wonderful week ..and keep RT-ing our friends..they’re all just us in different writing dens …

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  9. Wow, that’s some list. Thank you for including me to such a great group. It was an honor to have met you, and an honor to share your work. You, and your humor, keep a smile on our faces. 🙂

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  10. * OG smiles one of her gentle smiles*
    Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? I bow to your gracious learning curve. Thank you for the mention! Oh! Wait ! That is one for twitter…. right?

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  11. See my email m’Lady .. :):)

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  12. barbarahenderson

    Thanks, Seumas, and RT-ing is always a pleasure. Interesting to note how much it can mean to writers – agreed!

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  13. Maya Panika

    Whoop! Thanks for the mention. My problem Twitter is, I’m now following SO MANY people my tweet deck experience is like trying to read the credits on a US soap.

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  14. Aye, Seumas, you are a man of vast generosity yourself! Ardderchog! Jessica’s Grandmother, (AKA: the Old Dragonbooger and Longtime Welsh Nutcase), is wondering, “What’s beneath the handsome kilt, dear laddie?” Jessica believes her Grandmother has a wee crush on ya and your kilt. MG’s Grandfather is also a descendant of the WILD SCOTTISH ROSE Clan. Wising health, peace and prosperity follow you where ever you go ☆

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    • Och Aye, the age old question, “What’s worn under the kilt?” The correct answer is ” NOTHING is worn under the kilt, it’s all in working order …! “Say Hi tae Grannie for me, and all the best to you and yours .. Cheers :):)

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  15. Thanks for the mention Seumas, the support of other twitter friends – like yourself – through their RTs means a great deal to me too, and has given me such support in my WW2 Evacuee research!!. Cheers mate! Gill 🙂

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  16. i RT when it looks like the other tweeter didn’t leave me room to put in my blah blah blah oh and btw blah blah!

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  17. MeanOldManMike

    Yet another great piece, Seumas. How ironic that the Luddites (raises hand, “Life-Member-in-recovery-here”) bemoan the death of “writing” when, in fact, the very device and app I am using now has turned virtually (no pun intended) every pre-teen with an iWhatever, a free app, and a thumb into a published author–yes, children; your every tweet is indeed housed in the Library of Congress. While there are legions who with feckless abandon are quite content to shower the aethersphere with 140-max characters inane sparks, there are others who craft a sentence as if every word is their last match. And therein lies the rub. The craft of writing is not taught or learned; it is passed on from one writer to the next. Call it inspiration. And THAT, Seumas, is where writers like you come in. I am both humbled and honored to find my name on your list. Thanks, Twiend. Truly. MeanOldManMike ; )

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  18. Hi Seumas
    Well, what can I say that hasn’t already been said by such an illustrious cast of wordsmiths? I do wonder when any of us find time to write books . .:) Anyway, thanks for including me and I’ll keep up the good work ‘cos I’m getting so much support from the writergroupies out there.:):)
    Anne

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  19. That’s great to hear, Anne .. have a huge one !! cheers :):)

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  20. Hey, Seumas, I am honoured! Thanks buddy!

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  21. Thanks, Seumas, for the mention in your list; I am honored to be placed amongst so many amazing people who inspire me to try to be my best. I find myself wanting to accomplish more and better from the example of these excellent role models. Rock on! 🙂

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  22. Thank you Seumas, it’s been a pleasure meeting you via Twitter!

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  23. I agree completely! Thank you Seumas for including me in your list. I do try to help authors.

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  24. Thank you so much for listing me. Think we started our blogs & twitter roughly around the same time. Its been great connecting with other writers, and like you I’m happy to RT strangers (and friends of course) if what they say resonates or simply deserves a repeat. Its lovely to know there are so many other supportive writers out there 🙂

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  25. Thanks, old boy. I was pleasantly surprised upon reviewing my interactions today on twitter and seeing one from you about listing me here. Much appreciated and an honour to be placed in your hall of fame. Best of luck with Vengeance and all your future endeavours. Cheers, Mike.

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  26. Hey Seumas! I don’t know how you do it! One minute you don’t understand a thing about technology and social networking and now you are finding your way onto all sorts of interesting platforms…so how can that be? Could it have anything to do with your boundless energy and curiosity? Not to forget a good pinch of charisma and focus to make the most of the writing world you have entered. Whatever it is, it’s working! Thanks for mentioning li’l ol me. Love, Tricia. xx (aka Katrin The Great!)

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