Sunday, 26 January 2014

When Rayne Hall Tweets, Most Listen...But Some Unfollow

As one of the most approachable authors on Twitter, Rayne Hall has earned herself a reputation for being human. No matter your skill level with writing, she's there for you. Indeed, she's been a fantastic mentor to me, but that's another story...

She is, of course, also there for her growing fanbase. However, it does seem her approach to tweeting isn't for everyone. She has collected twenty-three of the most weird reasons why people unfollow her.

Before she shared them with me, I asked her just one question.

MC: "You seem to be one of the most interactive authors on Twitter. What is it about tweeting you prefer over any other form of social networking?"

RH"Twitter is perfect for me. I share advice about writing and publishing, ask and answer questions, talk shop with fellow writers, and it's quick. Writing a tweet doesn't take long, so I can interact a lot. Over the past couple of years, I've built a huge quality platform on Twitter - with people who actually read my tweets, not auto-followers and bot accounts - simply by being helpful and real. "


by Rayne Hall

More than 49,000 people follow me on Twitter @raynehall... and every day, several unfollow me. Some even tell me why. Here's a selection of their reasons:

  1. Tweets in inferior English (British).
  2. I laughed at their jokes.
  3. I did not laugh at their jokes.
  4. I didn't buy their book.
  5. Stalking (I followed them).
  6. Plagiarism (I retweeted their tweet.)
  7. Failure to reply to their question within 16 minutes.
  8. They saw no tweets but mine in their timeline (they weren't actually following anyone else).
  9. I had more followers than they.
  10. Horses get killed in one of my books.
  11. I tweeted more about my own books than about theirs.
  12. They always follow and unfollow the same people as their mates.
  13. Not enough commas in my tweets.
  14. I declined to read their unpublished novel.
  15. I declined to retweet their poetry.
  16. I declined to change my tweeting style to suit their personal taste.
  17. By posting #writetip tweets I implied that the person's writing needed improvement (insult).
  18. Too many tweets about writing and publishing.
  19. My chats with other people appeared in their timeline.
  20. I’m an unsufferable prude. (I objected to close-up photos of genitalia.)
  21. I chatted more with other people than with them.
  22. After chatting with me, they suddenly got new followers. They didn’t like that.
  23. Rayne Hall is not a real person, but a bot. Everyone knows that.

Of course, these are only the ones who gave their reasons. (“Your use of British English disgusts me! Learn proper English before you tweet!! I unfollow!!!!”) Others didn't allow me a glimpse into their motivations. Who knows? Even weirder reasons may lurk in their minds.

Which of these is your favourite? Tell us in a comment.


Rayne Hall has published more than fifty books in several languages under several pen names with several publishers in several genres, mostly fantasy, horror and non-fiction. Recent books include Storm Dancer (dark epic fantasy novel), 13 British Horror Stories, Six Scary Tales Vol. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5(creepy horror stories), Thirty Scary Tales, Six Historical Tales Vol. 1 and 2 (short stories), Six Quirky Tales (humorous fantasy stories), The Colour of Dishonour: Stories from the Storm Dancer World, Writing Fight Scenes, The World-Loss Diet, Writing About Villains, Writing About Magic, Writing Dark Stories, and Writing Scary Scenes (practical guides for authors).

She holds a college degree in publishing management and a masters degree in creative writing. Currently, she edits the Ten Tales series of multi-author short story anthologies: Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires, Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts, Scared: Ten Tales of Horror, Cutlass: Ten Tales of Pirates, Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft, Spells: Ten Tales of Magic, Undead: Ten Tales of Zombies, Seers: Ten Tales of Clairvoyance, Dragons: Ten Tales of Fiery Beasts and more.

Rayne has lived in Germany, China, Mongolia and Nepal and  has now settled in a small dilapidated town of former Victorian grandeur on the south coast of England.

Twitter For Writers, Rayne's latest addition to her popular Writer's Craft series, will soon be released.

Author photo (c)Christopher Shoebridge
Mark Cassell lives in a rural part of the UK with his wife and a number of animals. He often dreams of dystopian futures, peculiar creatures, and flitting shadows. Primarily a horror writer, his steampunk, fantasy, and SF stories have featured in several anthologies and ezines.

His debut novel, The Shadow Fabric, is a supernatural story and is available from Amazon.

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  1. Thanks for hosting this post, Mark. Maybe I should add #24: "I declined to fund their Kickstarter project." In the past 48 hours, I've received many begging tweets to fund movies/novels/plays/whatever. They unfollowed when I said no. #goodriddance

    1. My pleasure, Rayne. And it's funny you mention those cheeky fund-chasers...I've recently had a few of those myself.

  2. I can see #19 being a valid reason... MAYBE. It is a bit weird the way she does that. You get used to it, though. ;-)