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44 Essential Twitter Hashtags Every Author Should Know

Authors need to know more about Twitter than how to get started.

Used correctly, Twitter hashtags are one of the best ways to connect with industry experts, readers, and other authors. Used incorrectly, it’s just another way to waste your precious time.

And you dear author, do not have time to waste.

If you’ve used the social network for any length of time, you’ve seen hashtags floating around at the tail end of the 140 character tweets. Here’s what you need to know to use them well.

Hashtags are used for:

  • Indexing emotions (#Vague #OhNoHeDidnt)
  • Identifying a Brand (#Ferrari)
  • Recommending a Product (#BestRead)
  • Connecting with like-minded people (#MemoirChat)
  • Finding Experts (#AskAgent)
Some Twitter hashtags are easy to understand. #WritingTip and #WriteTips are tags that provide, you guessed it, writing tips. Others, like #FF are a little harder to understand. #FF stands for #FollowFriday. On Friday, Twitter users tag other users for their friends to follow.
Twitter Hashtag Example

If you don’t know what a certain hashtag is, you can look it up on TagDef.  The chances are, it will be there. If you’re lost by all of this, one of our social media experts can help you out.

Here’s our list of essential Twitter Hashtags. You should use them and monitor them. If you are using TweetDeck, it is easy to monitor hashtags. Just create a new column to follow the hashtag. Monitor away and jump in to the conversation.

Connect With Other Authors -

  • #AmWriting
  • #AmEditing
  • #WordCount
  • #WriterWednesday (or #WW)
  • #WritersLife
  • #YALitChat
  • #LitChat (every M/W/F)
  • #MemoirChat (every other Wednesday at 8 pm ET)
  • #BookMarket (Thursday’s at 4 pm ET)
  • #ScriptChat (Screenwriters)
  • #PoetTues
  • #ZineChat
  • #WritingParty
  • #IndieAuthors
  • #WriteChat
  • #NaNoWriMo
  • #WANA (We Are Not Alone community)
  • #PBLitChat (Picture books only)

Connect By Book Genre -

  • #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

Tweetables -

Get Industry Information -

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

Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

  • #WritingPrompt
  • #StoryStarter
  • #WordAThon
  • #Creativity
  • #WIP (work in progress)
  • #1K1H (write one thousand words in one hour)

Connect With Readers

  • #FridayReads
  • #BookGiveaway
  • #MustRead
  • #LitChat
  • #StoryFriday
  • #MustRead
  • #TeaserTues
  • #BookGiveaway
  • #FreeBook
  • #FreeDownload
  • #Kindle
  • #Nook

What hashtags do you follow? Which chats do you like to jump in on? Let us know in the comment section.

PS – Your book should have a hashtag of it’s own.

About Caitlin Muir

Caitlin Muir knows the power of social media first hand. She's on the editorial team of The Social Media Club, which connects media makers from around the world to promote media literacy, industry standards, and ethical behavior. She blogs about faith, love, and social media at CaitlinMuir.com.

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39 Responses to 44 Essential Twitter Hashtags Every Author Should Know

  1. Wow, I have been waiting for a post like this. Thank you so much, Caitlin!

    • Caitlin Muir #

      You’re welcome! Happy Tweeting!

  2. Lovely. I’m with Linsey. I’ve been waiting for a list like this. But you missed one: #30min1k one thousand words in thirty minutes.

    • Caitlin Muir #

      That IS a good hashtag. But I’ve never been able to hit that word count. Especially when I’m tweeting!

  3. There’s also #TuesdaySerial and #FridayFlash, used respectively to identify and promote serial fiction and flash fiction online.

    • Caitlin Muir #

      Thanks for adding those, Tony!

  4. Very good list — I found a couple of new hashtags to try.

    I use #writing most of the time, and occasionally #amwriting.

    • Caitlin Muir #

      Glad you found the list helpful!

  5. Thank you for the list. It’s great help! I’ll start with:
    #WritingTip
    #WriteTip
    #GetPublished
    #IndiePub
    #BookMarketing

    • Caitlin Muir #

      Let us know how they work for you!

  6. It seems that your post has been ripped off: http://www.wiseinkblog.com/social-media-2/31-twitter-hashtags-for-the-indie-author/

    I suppose it’s a sign of success in a way….

    • Caitlin Muir #

      Thanks for letting us know, David!

      I’m just happy more people are learning how to use hashtags!

  7. Thank you so much for this!! I am already familiar with a few of these hashtags, but the ones I was not familiar with I am so glad to see here! Currently, I use #WIP, #FridayReads, #WW, #FF the most.

  8. The ones I predominantly use are:
    #kidlit
    #picturebook
    #bookaday

    Thanks for the post!

  9. There is some great info in this post, and I’m heading over to Twitter now!

  10. For a guy just getting into using hashtags, this is such a great article :) Thanks for taking the time and effort to put this together – I have a dozen new words to start learning now :)

  11. So cool! I didn’t know some of these, especially connect with readers. Thanks for sharing this helpful post.

  12. Oh thanks for this! I will definitely be using some of these hashtags!

  13. What a great resource. I have used some of those hashtags, but had not heard of many of them. Thanks so much for compiling this list.

  14. Hey, I’ve got a fun addition for your ‘creative juices’ list: #cnftweet, sponsored/managed by Creative Nonfiction, a great little lit mag.

  15. Great post and have linked to it in my blog post here: http://viklit.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/why-twitter-is-good-for-writing-and.html

  16. Thanks for the great list. I super-appreciate the way you’ve broken the hash tags into manageable chunks. I’d like to give a plug for #fridayfiction which was started by @HugoHouse. They suggest a new topic every week and writers tell a story in 140 characters. Some great relationships have been formed by #fridayfiction writers.

  17. So simple. So thoughtful. So helpful Thnks a lot Caitlin!

  18. Thanks Caitin! … I’m sharing everywhere!

  19. I also frequently use the #ACFW and #Christfic hashtags for Christian fiction updates. And I love the new #Momswrite tag. Perfect for writing mommas like me!

  20. Great page! I have an addition to #LitChat
    which i just found out today:
    “@LitChat @authorkerineal Please not the time (4-5pmET) for #litchat moderated discussion andhold your tweets until after the chat.
    Thanks. #litchat “. I got alot of hate tweets for this :-)

  21. One I love is #storycraft. It’s a Sunday afternoon chat that always leaves me inspired.

  22. Thank you so much for these. I was looking for active writing hashtags that were commonly used on twitter but didn’t really know of any beyond #amwriting. This posts will help me out a lot when I try to spread my message around on twitter. Thanks!

  23. KB #

    This is a fab easy to reference tool!

  24. Is #amreading out now?

  25. Hi… thank you for this informative article. I’m not savvy on social media. I started 2 twitter accounts, but now I can’t get into one of them and did the “forgot password” but it sends me to my other account wanting to change the password there. I’m totally confused and searched to contact Twitter for help but it has no links to do with this specific problem and no other way to reach them. I left a message on their Twitter support but did not get an answer. Any idea where I can go for help? Thanks a lot.

  26. Thanks for the great list, I had heard/seen several but your list is really excellent, it’s very helpful to have all the hashtags in one place.

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