Social media is a powerful tool that brings together all types of communities, and has changed the world for the better. As writers, we have to utilize social media so it can be as beneficial as possible. Writers are brands, and brands need advertisement. Social media is the tool you need to create your brand and its advertisement. With a constant presence, you can have your own audience, and hashtags are a great way to spread your message!
Twitter is my favorite tool for writers. The writing community is the most supportive group I have ever experienced, and this support shines through on social media, beyond forums and events. Writers have their own hashtags that you can use in your tweets. Aerogramme Writers’ Studio has a great post with an even longer list of hashtags for writers, so check them out, too!
#99c – Great for indie authors! If you have a book for sale for 99 cents, this is the hashtag for you!
#amediting – For when you are editing.
#amreading – For when you are reading.
#amrevising – For when you are revising.
#amwriting – For when you are writing. A personal favorite of mine.
#amwritingfantasy – For when you are writing fantasy.
#amwritingscifi – For when you are writing science fiction.
#CampNaNoWriMo – For the Camp NaNoWriMo sessions, usually in April and July.
#FreeReads – If you are offering a free book or reading a free book, let your followers know!
#IndieAuthor – Get your name out there as an Indie Author, or independent author.
#NaHaiWriMo – National Haiku Writing Month in February.
#NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month in November.
#NaPoMo – National Poetry Month in April. Also #NaPoWriMo.
#Pit2Pub – Short for Pitch to Publishers, this is an annual event for writers to tweet 140-character pitches of their completed, ready-to-publish manuscripts to publishers. Twitter Pitch Parties are a great way for a writer to get noticed! This event was on July 15th of this year.
#PitMad – Another Twitter Pitch Party! Another event for writers to tweet 140-character pitches of their completed, ready-to-publish manuscripts to publishers. This event was on March 11th and June 4th of this year, but it will also be on September 10th and December 4th! All #PitMad Pitch Parties are from 8AM to 8PM EST.
#poetweet – I don’t see this one used as often, but it’s great for use when your tweet is a poem!
#StoryDam – This is a conversation between writers every Thursday at 8 PM EST. Writers tweet answers to the five questions!
#WeNeedDiverseBooks – This is another favorite hashtag of mine; this is a fantastic hashtag to spread awareness about the need for diversity in all genres. Characters of all races, genders, sexualities, religions, and abilities deserve to be represented in literature.
#WIP – For when you are tweeting about your work in progress.
#WordCount – For when you are tweeting about your word count update.
Go forth, and hashtag to your keyboard’s content. Follow me on Twitter so we can use these hashtags together!