Once the writing is done, all authors want is to find readers who will appreciate and enjoy our work. As such, it’s no surprise that social media becomes a topic of conversation, and a focus for us. Social media sites, like Facebook, and Twitter, boast millions of users gathering together to talk culture, and other things they enjoy. Things get passed around, and can go “viral,” or get a ton of exposure. In this blog post I am going to talk a little bit about Twitter, a social media site that allows users to make posts, or comments that are 117/118 characters long, depending on the kind of link you may include in the post. That might sound easy, but getting what you want to say out in 117 characters (not words) can be a little more challenging than you might think. Twitter’s character restriction has resulted in some interesting developments. Not only do users abbreviate what they say, but they also make use of Twitter’s hashtag system. What’s a hashtag? Well, technically its this symbol “#.” It kind of reminds me of hash browns, but you may be more familiar with it as the number sign. The hashtag is a way that twitter buckets or categorizes topics for indexed curation. Users can create and search for hashtags, and thereby find information and interact with others on topics that interest them, like reading, or writing, for example. The evolution of the ‘tweet’ on twitter, then, is that people will insert hashtags in their posts as if they were normal English. For example, this could easily be a modern tweet – Check out this #free #ebook on #kindle [link to book] In general, hashtags are used for:

  • Finding Experts (#AskAgent #Storycraft)
  • Recommending Products (#BookGiveaway #BestRead)
  • Identifying Brands (#Nike #eBay)
  • Connecting with others that have similar interests (#angels #Utahjazz)
  • Showing Emotions (#Highfive #OhNoHeDidnt)
  • Chats that have an understood day/time set aside for posts (#scifichat #scribechat)

To save you time in searching for a bunch of relevant hashtags that you can use to find readers to connect with, I’ve collected a list of Twitter hashtags for writers. If you are aware of any that I missed, please let me know in the comments!

Hashtags for Readers

  • #vss (very short story)
  • #FictionFridays
  • #FridayFlash
  • #FridayReads
  • #LitChat
  • #StoryFriday
  • #BookGiveaway
  • #MustRead
  • #TeaserTues
  • #FreeBook
  • #FreeDownload
  • #Kindle
  • #Nook

Hashtags for Writers

  • #AskAgent
  • #WIP
  • #WritersRoad
  • #AmWriting
  • #AmEditing
  • #Editing
  • #Author
  • #Authors
  • #1K1HR
  • #Authorlife
  • #WriterWednesday or #WW
  • #IAN
  • #SelfPublishing
  • #MemoirChat
  • #BookMarket
  • #WritingParty
  • #WriteChat
  • #WriteGoodNews
  • #WordCount
  • #WritersLife
  • #YALitChat
  • #LitChat
  • #MemoirChat
  • #BookMarket
  • #ScriptChat
  • #PoetTues
  • #ZineChat
  • #IndieAuthors
  • #NaNoWriMo
  • #WANA
  • #PBLitChat
  • #StoryStarter
  • #WordAThon
  • #Creativity
  • #1K1H

Hashtags for Inspiration

  • #WritingPrompt
  • #StoryStarter
  • #WordAThon
  • #Creativity
  • #WIP

Hashtags or Chats with a Genre Focus

  • #RomanceWriter
  • #YALitChat
  • #SciFiChat
  • #KidLitChat
  • #RWA
  • #ACFW
  • #MGLit
  • #SCBWI
  • #MemoirChat
  • #RomanceWriter
  • #SciFiChat
  • #KidLitChat
  • #RWA (Romance Writers of America)
  • #ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers)
  • #MGLit (Middle Grade Lit)
  • #SCBWI (Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators)
  •  #MemoirChat
  • #FlashFic
  • #Romance
  • #Horror
  • #FanFic
  • #YA
  • #History
  • #Biopic

Hashtags for the Publishing Industry

  • #WritingTip
  • #WriteTip
  • #GetPublished
  • #PromoTip
  • #SelfPublishing
  • #Publishing
  • #AskEditor
  • #IndiePub
  • #BookMarketing
  • TenQueries
  • #WritingTip
  • #WriteTip
  • #GetPublished
  • #BookMarket
  • #BookMarketing
  • #PromoTip
  • #SelfPublishing
  • #SelfPub
  • #Publishing
  • #AskAgent
  • #AskAuthor
  • #EBooks
  • #IndiePub
  • #IndiePublishing
  • #BookMarketing
  • #PubTip

 

 

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Justin Swapp

Justin was born with an active imagination on a U.S. naval base in Spain, but has spent most of his life in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains of Utah. He is bilingual, and has lived all over the world. He has four children; two boys, and two girls, and an enduring wife. He doesn't have any pets that he's aware of, but his children have been known to hide things under his bed.

In his free time Justin loves to read, write, and play games. He enjoys his close friends, and loves to make people laugh. To learn more about Justin, or his work, you can visit him at www.justinswapp.com

Justin is the author of The Magic Shop. He has also been published in several anthologies, including The Crimson Pact (Volumes 1, 2, and 5), The Memory Eater, and Short Sips: Coffee House Flash Fiction Collection 2.
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