Most Creative Writers have a heavy online footprint. Not only do many of us have a blog, but we keep several social media accounts working in order to network with other writers, as well as agents, publishers, markets, and even readers. We use Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, GoodReads, RedRoom, and many others.
Twits can use what is called a Hashtag (#) to make it easier for certain folk to read their tweets. Hashtags are a way of grouping tweets into themes or subjects. Hashtags are always one word and are not case sensitive.
Also, people who are not your Followers can read your Tweets if they follow a certain Hashtag you use. It gets your name out there, and can even get you new Tweeps.
And while there as many available Hashtags as Johnson’s got pills, we are only going to consider how a Creative Writer can use Hashtags to his best advantage.
Hashtags for Writers
Certain Hashtags help you find other Authors. I will only mention a few, but there many more than what I am listing.
- #AmWriting – by far the most used by Creative Writers for other Authors
- #WW – Writer’s Wednesday, a good chat to follow
- #LitChat – chat on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
- #IndieAuthors – I like this one
- #WriteChat – a bit broader than the other two I mentioned
Hashtags for Business
There are plenty of Hashtags for those in the publishing industry. Here are a few common ones, although I have not used these much and cannot comment or recommend anything. As always, friends, do your own research.
Hashtags for Readers
This may be the boon for Creative Writers. You can find book fans here, the very people who may want to buy your book. The temptation would be to Tweet your book to all these Hashtags. The problem is that many bookies check out more than one of these Hashtags. So if they see your same Tweet with different Hashtags, you’ll look spammy, because you are. Also it’ll bore your Tweeps stupid. Follow these Hashtags before you select one, two at the most, to add to your Tweets to help you find readers. Even then, most of your Tweets to these Hashtags should be something other than hocking your wares, especially at first.
Knowing the various social media shortcuts will keep your use of these from becoming a time suck. It’ll give you more time to read great books and write great ones.
These are just a few Hashtags. If there are some you like, tell me about it in the Comment section below.