Posted 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.
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.
Created in the same vein as #amwriting, it is a hashtag used by authors who are going through the motions of revising their work.
This hashtag denotes Follow Friday and is used specially to cross promote other authors and writers by recommending them to your followers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Publish your blog post on Monday and bloggers will help you retweet.
Manuscript Wishlist is the most important hashtag for all authors. Used by editors and literary agents searching for specific manuscripts. It could be yours!
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.
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.”
This hashtag is used when you quote from a book, which could either from your own or others.
Hashtag specifically for picture books only.
“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.
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.
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.
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.