20 Twitter Hashtags Every Author Needs To Get Followers

A.S. Chung B&WPosted by A.S. Chung.
Award-wining author of children’s picture books A Brand New Day: about divorce and Wishful Wedding: about LGBT equality and same gender families. Creator of Pigeonhole Books and blogs about self-publishing, writing, online book marketing, peer bloggers and illustrators.

20 TWITTER HASHTAGS EVERY AUTHOR NEEDS TO GET FOLLOWERS
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Apart from utilising Twitter to promote your self-published book/s to potential readers, every author should also be using Twitter to connect with other authors. This is a fantastic platform to help one another cross promote each other’s books and capitalise on each other’s database of followers. Here are the top 20 hashtags to get you going.

1) #amwriting
A Twitter hashtag created by Johanna Harness in 2009 and is short for “I am writing”. This hashtag was created for the writing community who wish to create conversations and share ideas during their writing process.

2) #amediting
Created in the same vein as #amwriting, it is a hashtag used by authors who are going through the motions of revising their work.

3) #ff
This hashtag denotes Follow Friday and is used specially to cross promote other authors and writers by recommending them to your followers.

4) #fridayreads
A day dedicated for reading! All authors are readers too and it is a great way to show support for your fellow author’s books. It also creates a sense of community as you are helping them promote their books across your social media platform. Hopefully this will be reciprocated.

5) #IARTG
This is the Hashtag for Indie Author Retweet Group. Simply follow this group on Twitter to join, and then add #IARTG in any tweet you want them to re-tweet.

6) #indieauthor or #indiepub
Used to identify oneself as a self-published author.

7) #indiethursday
Dedicated specifically to independent booksellers, readers use this hashtag upon visiting such bookstores or have made a purchase, on Thursday. This is a great way for self-published authors to make a list of these indie bookstores.

8) #kidlitchat
Calling all authors, writers, bloggers, readers, illustrators, teachers and librarians! Essentially this hashtag is for anyone interested in children’s literature. This occurs every Tuesday night at 9 PM Eastern/6 PM Pacific time.

9) #litchat
Created by litchat.net, here is what it’s about “LitChat is a fun, fast, and friendly way for booklovers to talk about books on Twitter. We chat on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 4-5 pm (est). Read the LitChat blog to see what we are chatting about each week. Each week we have Topic of the Week, which is drawn from a recently released book whose author appears in #litchat during our Friday chat. On Monday and Wednesday, we have open chat relating to that Topic of the Week.”

10) #Mondayblogs
Publish your blog post on Monday and bloggers will help you retweet.

11) #mswl
Manuscript Wishlist is the most important hashtag for all authors. Used by editors and literary agents searching for specific manuscripts. It could be yours!

12) #MyWANA
WANA stands for We Are Not Alone, created by author Kristen Lamb who advocates building a community of writers. At one point in her writing career, she never felt more alone. Hence she created a community where writers encourage and help each other through the writing process.

13) #nanowrimo
National Novel Writing Month is most widely known for the event it sponsors each November that encourages its participants to write a complete, 50,000-word novel during the 30 days of that month. The motto of NaNoWriMo is “Your Story Matters” and participants are known as “Wrimos.”

14) #novelines
This hashtag is used when you quote from a book, which could either from your own or others.

15) #PBLitChat
Hashtag specifically for picture books only.

16) #poetrymonth
“Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month, held every April, is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.” This hashtag encourages poets to hold poetry events, write poetry and share their works.

17) #shortreads
Used to relate to anything to do with short stories with particularly heavy usage in May during the National Short Story Month.

18) #teasertuesday and #samplesunday
Tuesday and Sunday are the traditional days to show the world a small sample or snippet of your writing. This hashtag will help readers find you and your works. This is a great way to promote an upcoming book.

19) #writerwednesday
This is a generic hashtag for all writers and authors to utilise on hump day. It can be used to tweet about writing, promoting your book, connecting with other authors or provide literary advice.

20) #writingtip
A hashtag with an offer of writing tips by writing coaches, fellow authors and editors. A great way to get those creative juices flowing should you be experiencing writers block or just for a little inspiration.

How To Keep Track Of Your Twitter Followers With Crowdfire

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Susan Day is a children’s author of over 20 print and eBooks. She has been working her social media presence for over five years and feels her head is just bursting with tips and advice. To alleviate this condition she has decided to blog a non-fiction book one post at a time entitled How to Publish a Children’s Book at Little or No Cost.

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Not everyone you follow on Twitter will follow you back. It’s not because there is something wrong with you or because they are mean. Some people don’t manage their Twitter account properly and don’t understand how important building followers can be. That’s their loss!

Remember you need to keep your numbers balanced so you are going to have to unfollow some people. The best way to determine who to unfollow is to use a twitter evaluation platform. There are a few available but I find Crowdfire works best for me.

Crowdfire has a free option that I use twice a week. You’ll need to sign up and then download the app on your phone or tablet or you can visit the website and log on. You will be able to unfollow or follow up to 200 people a day using the free account.

Once you have set up your account look on the menu. The two options we are really interested in for now are Non Followers and Recent Unfollowers.

Once you’ve been adding followers to your Twitter account for a few days go to the Recent Unfollowers tab. These are people who followed you once but are not following you anymore. You’ll see a red stop sign image next to the people who have unfollowed you. Click on this and you’ll be able to remove them from your list.

Then go to the Non Followers list on the menu. These are people who you follow but who have never followed you back. You’ll need to keep this list in check so that you can continue to grow your following with people who want to support you.

Crowdfire will display your non-followers in date order of the oldest to the newest. It’s important to give people time to follow you back. Some experts say 30 days, however, I believe if someone is interested in building their Twitter followers, as you are, then they should respond with a few days. I like to give people a week but I know some people who only wait 24 hours. Again, it’s up to you and what you feel comfortable doing.

I don’t use Crowdfire to follow people because it will eat into my 200 daily limit.

Once you have gotten into the routine of following and unfollowing people it will become second nature. Like I mentioned earlier, it should only take you 5 to 10 minutes a day. If Twitter is an important social media platform for you as an author, Crowdfire is a great way to manage your account.

How To Write An Effective Twitter Bio

A.S. ChungPosted by A.S. Chung.
Award-wining author of children’s picture books A Brand New Day: about divorce and Wishful Wedding: about LGBT equality and same gender families. Creator of Pigeonhole Books and blogs about self-publishing, writing, online book marketing, peer bloggers and illustrators.

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Twitter Sand Sculpture by Rosaura Ochoa

If Twitter is an important part of your social media marketing, it is imperative you introduce yourself to the world via an effective bio. I am constantly surprised by how many indie authors out there either don’t have a bio at all or don’t utilise the allotted space to their advantage. For me, that means they don’t take themselves or their books seriously and therefore, I won’t reward them with my attention.

When doing a search for yourself via search engines, your Twitter bio will allow you, in most cases, to appear on the first page.  It also lends credibility to you as an author and the message you are trying to convey.

TWITTER BIO PARTICULARS
You only have 160 characters to work with. Not a lot of characters to succinctly tell your life story and certainly does not provide anyone with the excuse of not filling up the given requirements.

Over and above the 160 characters, you can also add your location as well as a link to your website. Please add a backlink. It makes absolutely no business sense not to do so.

In your bio, you are permitted to add hashtags and @usernames.

Please add an image to your bio. The dreaded egg doesn’t do much for anyone.

SO HOW DO YOU WRITE AN EFFECTIVE BIO?
Be concise and accurate. Tell people exactly who and what you are. Use words that best describe you and your product. Tell the world you are an expert in what your do. Describe your niche.

Promote yourself so you can gain the right followers. Let them know what you have to offer them and flatter yourself!

Take advantage of hashtags in your bio. They are an excellent means of helping people find you and what you have to offer them.

List your speciality first before moving onto other facts that add that humanistic part of your bio. They first and foremost want to follow you for what you do best. This could include accomplishments that your followers could identify with.

Do some research of your peers and competitors. Look at the bios of people you yourself are following and look at what prompted you to follow them in the first place.

Be honest, unusual, funny and/or controversial!  Easier said than done I know, especially if you have a serious agenda to spruik.

Maintain your focus on what you are promoting. Keep the message consistent throughout your campaign.

If you don’t want to just mention what you are, you can mention what you will be tweeting about.

You don’t have to write your bio in sentences. Use punctuation to define your roles.

The most important thing to remember is that your bio is not set in stone when initially created. I have tweaked and re-tweaked my bio over numerous occasions. I have found that as I evolve over time, I gain a clearer perspective of who I am and what information is important.  Good luck!

How to Capitalise on Twitter Hashtags For Authors

A.S. ChungPosted by A.S. Chung.
Award-wining author of children’s picture books A Brand New Day: about divorce and Wishful Wedding: about LGBT equality and same gender families. Creator of Pigeonhole Books and blogs about self-publishing, writing, online book marketing, peer bloggers and illustrators.

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WHAT IS A TWITTER HASHTAG?
A Twitter hashtag is literally placing the symbol # in front of a word or phrase.

Example: Wishful Wedding 5 Star Review: by Reader’s Favorite. LGBTQ #Kidlit about #Equality! via @PigeonholeBooks #lovewins

Hashtag in Twitter Bio

#Kidlit Hashtags In Pigeonhole Books Bio

WHY DO WE USE HASHTAGS?
A hashtag is used to categorise information and make it easier for readers to find specific topics they may be interested in. It groups together the same data so tweeps (people who use Twitter), can filter whatever they may be looking for.

Therefore, should you be interested in #kidlit (children’s literature), enter this in the search field and all tweets with the hashtag will appear. You can further filter your search through top tweets, live tweets, accounts, photos and videos.

It is important to note that using hashtags in your Twitter bio is also particularly useful as this will aid in the search for actual accounts. I have therefore added #kidlit hashtag in my bio.

HOW DO WE USE HASHTAGS?
As a tweet only has 140 characters, it creates a challenge when trying to convey a lot of information in a very precise manner.

Therefore, hashtags are great when it is used as part of the sentence. In the example above, I was trying to convey that my book, Wishful Wedding, is a LGBTQ children’s book about equality. This way, I maximised my tweet and yet was able to tell the world what my book was about in 3 short words.

Stand-alone hashtags are often used at the end of a tweet. In this case I added #lovewins, which was a hashtag that denoted the legalisation of same-sex marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court. This way, should anyone be searching #lovewins, my tweet would have appeared and I would have been able to inform fellow tweeps about my book’s 5 star review.

Trending hashtags on Twitter

Trending Hashtags On The Left Column

TRENDING HASHTAGS
On the left hand side of your Twitter page, you will notice what is trending on Twitter at that given moment. At present, #AskPOTUS, The White House on Twitter, has $58,600 tweets with this hashtag. Should this be relevant to you and you are able to tie it into your tweet, add the hashtag. Jump on the bandwagon! One can always find creative ways to incorporate trending topics into your tweets

WHAT NOT TO DO

  • Don’t add a hashtag for the sake of adding one if it doesn’t contribute to the message
  • Don’t overuse hashtags as the tweet will become hard to read and can come across as spamming
  • Try not to #makethehashtagtoolong
  • In a single tweet, don’t have more hashtags than words
  • Don’t have spaces or punctuation in the words preceding the hashtag as it will break the link
  • #Don’t #hashtag #every #single #word #in #the #sentence

Isn’t it amazing how one simple # symbol can make such a big impact?

4 Social Media Platforms Every Author Must Have

A.S. ChungPosted by A.S. Chung.
Award-wining author of children’s picture books A Brand New Day: about divorce and Wishful Wedding: about LGBT equality and same gender families. Creator of Pigeonhole Books and blogs about self-publishing, writing, online book marketing, peer bloggers and illustrators.

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Picture1Did you know that there are over 200 social media platforms? 200!

It is impossible to be consistently active on even 10% of what is available. I am sure I don’t need to tell you that marketing your indie book without social media is online suicide. Whether you are savvy with the computer or not, it is a necessary evil. I am also sure most of you know which are the top players in the market and would presume that most indie authors are already participating in some of these platforms.

If however you are not and wish to start, or perhaps only use 1 or 2, I would like to highlight, what I believe to be the big 4 social media platform must haves for all indie authors. To make the offer even more enticing, they are all FREE.

FACEBOOK PAGE
I have come across many indie authors who don’t have a Facebook page. When asked for their Facebook link, more often than not, I get a link to their personal Facebook profile. I don’t want to be their friend for social purposes. I am not interested in what they ate for lunch. I want to connect with them as an esteemed colleague and to be informed about their book ventures.

Facebook is still by far, the most popular means for connecting people. Facebook pages are specifically designed for businesses, brands and authors to share their stories and connect with people. These pages may be customised to suit your needs and you get to control the content. People who like your page and their friends can get updates in news feed and more importantly, they can share news worthy posts and help you spread the word.

TWITTER
Welcome to the world of microblogging!  This is a platform where you only have 140 characters to convey your message. I am sure for most writers; this is a nightmare but nonetheless a brilliant exercise in using your words effectively. All good things come in small packages.

What is a tweet anyway? According to Twitter it is “an expression of a moment or idea. It can contain text, photos, and videos. Millions of Tweets are shared in real time, every day.” This is particularly prevalent in a society where our attention spans are dwindling. It is quite the art form to be able to express your message with so few words. Twitter enables you to be as candid or as business like as you wish and with full accessibility on our smart phones, you can tweet on the run!

LINKEDIN
LinkedIn is a social media website that specifically targets the professional business community. It is an excellent online networking platform. Through LinkedIn, you can chronologically list your books, list your qualifications and/or experience as an indie author and also send through professional updates pertaining to your writing.

No, you won’t get readers to buy your books but you will gain industry peers and business insights. You will also get some great ideas and strategies of how to market your book and learn any new trends in the world of self-publishing.

GOODREADS
An entire website dedicated to book lovers! It is a site whereby you can connect socially with readers and authors, look at what everyone is reading, read their reviews and look at their book ratings. Goodreads also has a comprehensive author program dedicated to people like you and me.

They also have a very active group discussion format as well as giveaway options and the ability to include your books on Listopia.

This is a site where people are genuinely interested in books and the authors who wrote them. It is also a great way to meet other authors and writers who can help you with anything from writing conundrums to communication strategies. Well worth considering if you haven’t already joined.

I have no doubt there are many others to explore, which have worked well for many indie authors. If you are about to embark on your social media journey and find this overwhelming, you are not alone. At a minimum, get your Facebook page up and running and once you get the hang of it and can navigate through it comfortably, move onto the next platform. You will at some point have to learn to juggle them all but I promise that it gets easier and before you know it, it will become a natural extension of your work. Besides, it’s all about writing!