Specific Twitter hashtags for writers and publishing professionals can connect you with like-minded authors and fans, and help you grow your list of followers. For those who are new to the Twittersphere, read this overview of why you should Twitter and some specifics on how to make tweet, tweet conversation with retweets, replies, mentions, etc..
One critically important hashtag for research purposes is:
This is short for "manuscript wishlist" and it's the hashtag used by editors and agents who are trawling for particular types of manuscripts.
If you're a writer or publishing pro who's already dipped your toe into the Twitterstream, here are some hashtags that will help build community:
Hashtags for the Writing Community
Before you market your book, you must write it. Here are some writerly hashtags to help you find Twitter sympathy while you toil away at the keyboard.
It’s not really clear how one can be writing and tweeting at the same time, but this is commonly used by writers to indicate they’re generating pages.
Similar to #amwriting, this hashtag indicated that the writer is going through his or her pages, revising.
Writing coaches, editors, and others whose livelihoods depend on authors will offer up their tweety pearls of wisdom, marked by this hashtag. Sometime use the hashtag #writetip also or instead.
This hashtag is used when writing coaches give a suggestion about what to write, an idea to get the writer going and help to stimulate the flow of the pen on the page.
The Twitter version of “on your mark, get set, write!, this hashtag encourages author participation in a timed writing exercise.
National Novel Writing Month (in November) helps create solidarity among those toiling on their magnum opuses (opi?)
Used on—you guessed it—hump day, this general hashtag can be used alone or in tandem with other hashtags to mark a variety of different tweets—for author promotion (for oneself or ones’ friends), to highlight other writerly pursuits, such as a #writingtip (see above).
The writing and book publishing communities are nothing if not passionate readers themselves. By adding this hashtag to a Friday tweet about what you’re currently reading, you show support for other writers and for the book business. It’s good karma for your own work.
Stands for “Friday Follow”; another weekly show of generosity on the part of a tweeter, where one recommends sites to follow.
General Book and Genre Hashtags
These mostly self-explanatory hashtags will help connect writers with fellow genre writers or readers, whether to support the writing process or to get out the word in book marketing efforts (see more book promotional hashtags, below).
#fiction - This hashtag is often combined with other genres; see some examples below.
#short or #short #story or #shortstories or #shortreads
#litfic — this is the hashtag for literary fiction
#histfic and #histnovel - used for historical fiction
#scifi or #science #fiction (read more about the Science Fiction genre)
#romance (read more about the Romance genre)
#paranormal - used for books like Amanda Hocking's
#cookbooks (also related to the cookbook genre #food #cooking #recipes, etc)
Useful Hashtags for Author and Book Promotions
Using these hashtags in tweets will help alert followers and potential followers about book promotional efforts:
This signals to all that you’re raffling or otherwise giving away a free copy of a book. Also useful:
#teasertuesday and #samplesunday
Offering up a link to a sample chapter or other snippet from your current work or work-in-progress is a great way to get readers involved. The Twitterverse has made Tuesdays and Sundays the days when writers customarily do this—these hashtag helps readers find the excerpts.
Use this hashtag when you quote from a novel—your own or others.
Poets are used to short form writing—they should be pretty good at tweeting, no? And in April, they should use the hashtag for National Poetry Month.
This hashtag generally relates to short stories and gets used most intensively in National Short Story Month, in May.
Readers who supporter independent booksellers use this hashtag when tweeting about their purchases. On Thursday.
General Promotional Hashtags
These hashtags can highlight the elements of your book marketing campaign to the Twitterverse.
#free or freebie
Hashtags for “Indies”
Self-published “indie” authors have an especially rich on world Twitter. As many publish on e-book only, tweeting and linking is an organic way for them to drum up reader interest in their books and connect with other DIY writers.
#indieauthor or #indiepub
Authors use these to define themselves as self-published.
The following hashtags help alert potential readers as to the e-book formats on which the work is available
#sony #nook #pubit PubIt is Barnes & Noble's ebook publishing platform
E-Book Publishers and Purchase Sites
These direct followers to sites where the books can be purchased, etc.
#amazon and #kpd (Kindle Publishing Direct)
#nook (Barnes & Noble)
Of course, there are undoubtedly more hashtags that will be useful, depending on the topic tweeted about.
Read more about how to use Twitter for book and author promotion, and more about book publicity and marketing.