Many aspiring authors may be a bit wary of using Twitter, but there are some fantastic resources for keeping informed that could help authors get their work to the public. Here are a few sample tweets on writing and the publishing industry:
Ally Peltier has a long history in the publishing industry, and currently works as a publishing consultant. Her tweets involve tips for getting noticed and general advice for writers.
@AdvicetoWriters is run by Jon Winokur, and the tweets are mainly advice for people in the writing and revising phases. There are quotes from famous authors about writing and links to more detailed posts on the Advice to Writers blog.
Victoria Strauss is a published author and co-founder of Writer Beware, a publishing industry watch group. The views that Strauss presents are interesting because they are skeptical of the mainstream practices of the publishing industry.
PublishingSpy uses RSS feeds and Twitter aggregations to highlight news and trends in the publishing industry. One of the tweets below warns authors of a publisher running a contest that contains fine print which says that all submissions become the intellectual property of the publisher.
Finally, it might be worthwhile to follow some publishers directly. Publishers mostly use their twitter accounts to promote their products, but a patient author may pick up some interesting ideas about the types of books certain publishers are looking for. The best place to start would be to look at a list, like the one run by New York Times Books.