Hashtags for Authors (updated)

In 2013, I made list of Hashtags for Authors. Three years later, I updated the list. Well, here it is again and once again I have updated the list, checking to make sure each one is still in use and adding a few new ones.

hashtagFor those of you who use Twitter, you are probably already familiar with the idea of hashtags. These are keywords prefixed with a hash or “pound” (#) symbol. They help categorize your tweets and help others easily find tweets about similar subjects.

Used correctly, Twitter hashtags are one of the best ways to connect with readers, industry experts, and other authors.

The use of relevant hashtags increases the likelihood that others will see your post and become a follower. It is a great way to engage a particular community of Twitter users.

The following is a list of some of the hashtags for authors or writers. Most are self-explanatory. If you use any that I missed, please leave them in the comment section and I will add them to the list.

For when you are writing

#amwriting – comments from other authors

#amwritingfiction

#amwritingfantasy

#amwritingscifi

#amwritingromance

#amediting – comments from those in the editing stage

#amrevising – comments from those revising their work

#amreading

#amreadingromance

#editing

#proofreading

#reading

#readingforpleasure

#storytelling

#WIP – work in progress

#writing

#writingtips or #writetip – writing tips from other authors and editors

#writerwednesday – or more often #WW- used to give a shout-out to writers or suggest authors to follow. (#WW also is used by some Weight-Watchers)

General book/writing

#Amazon

#author or #authors

#book or #books

#bookWorm

#ebook or #eBooks

#fiction

#iBooks

#iTunes

#KDP – for Kindle Direct Publishing

#kindle

#KindleBooks

#kindleUnlimited

#Kobo or #kobobooks

#Nook or #NookBook

#novel or #novels

#selfpublishing or #selfpub

#Smashwords

#writer or #writers

Genre-specific

#adventure

#ChickLit

#Childrensfiction

#christfic

#ChristianBooks

#Christianromance

#cookbooks (could also use #food – #cooking – #recipes or such if promoting a cookbook)

#crime or #crimefiction

#DarkFantasy

#Dystopian

#EpicFantasy

#Erotica

#fantasy

#histfic or #historicalfiction or #HistNovel – used for historical fiction

#horror

#humor

#kidlit

#litfic – literary fiction

#mystery

#mysterywriter

#nonfiction

#paranormal

#paranormalromance

#poetry

#romance

#romanticSuspense

#scifi or #ScienceFiction

#short or #shortstory or #shortstories

#specfic – speculative fiction

#suspense

#thriller or #Thrillers

#TrueStory

#womensfiction

#YA – young adult (or #youngadult)

#YAfiction

#YAfantasy

#YAlit

For promotions

#99cent or #99cents or #99c

#authorinterview

#authorRT

#blogtour or #virtualbooktour

#bookbuzz

#bookgiveaway

#bookreview

#excerpt

#fictionFriday

#Fridayreads – promoting what book you are currently reading

#free

#freebook

#FreeDownload

#freeebook

#FreeReads

#giveaway

#Goodreads – relates to the site Goodreads and its followers

#IndieThursday

#interview or #interviews

#kindledeals

#newrelease

#SampleSunday – offering a link to an excerpt or sample of your work

#teaserTuesday Or #TeaserTues- usually a line from your novel and a link to a sample

#WW or #WriterWednesday

Other

#author or #authors

#blurb

#booklover

#bookmarketing

#buyindie

#ereaders

#GreatReads

#novellines or #novelines – when quoting a line from your (or someone else’s) novel

#ff – stands for “follow Friday” where other writers share people to follow (also used by many non-writers)

#indieauthor or #indieauthors

#indie

#indiebook or #indiebooks

#indieThursday

#IndiePub or #IndiePublishing

#mustread

#pubtip – tips on publishing

#readers

Updated list of hashtags for authors

A few years ago, I wrote about Hashtags for authors. This is an updated list of hashtags. (And yes, I checked every one of them to make sure they are still in use.)

hashtagFor those of you who use Twitter, you are probably already familiar with the idea of hashtags. These are keywords prefixed with a hash or “pound” (#) symbol. They help categorize your tweets and help others easily find tweets about similar subjects.

Used correctly, Twitter hashtags are one of the best ways to connect with industry experts, readers, and other authors.

The use of relevant hashtags increases the likelihood that others will see your post and become a follower. It is a great way to engage a particular community of Twitter users.

The following is a list of some of the hashtags for authors or writers. Most are self-explanatory. If you use any that I missed, please leave them in the comment section and I will add them to the list.

For when you are writing

#amwriting – comments from other authors

#amediting – comments from those in the editing stage

#amrevising – comments from those revising their work

#editing

#proofreading

#reading

#storytelling

#WIP – work in progress

#WriteGoal

#WritePrompt or #prompts – if you want to give assignments out.

#writing

#writingtip or #writetip – writing tips from other authors and editors

#writerwednesday – or more often #WW- used to give a shout-out to writers or suggest authors to follow. (#WW also is used by some Weight-Watchers)

General book/writing

#Amazon

#author or #authors

#book or #books

#bookWorm

#ebook

#epub

#epublish

#fiction

#iBooks

#iPad (this brings up many other posts than books)

#iTunes

#KDP – for Kindle Direct Publishing

#kindle

#KindleBooks

#Kobo

#Nook

#novel or #novels

#selfpublishing or #selfpub

#Smashwords

#Sony (this brings up many other posts than books)

#writer or #writers

Genre-specific

#adventure

#ChickLit

#Childrensfiction

#christfic

#ChristianBooks

#Christianromance

#cookbooks (could also use #food – #cooking – #recipes or such if promoting a cookbook) #crime or #crimefiction

#DarkFantasy

#Dystopian

#EpicFantasy

#Erotica

#fantasy

#histfic and #histnovel – used for historical fiction

#horror

#humor

#kidlit

#litfic – literary fiction

#mystery

#mysterywriter

#nonfiction

#paranormal

#poetry

#romance

#romanticSuspense

#scifi

#ScienceFiction

#short or #shortstory or #shortstories

#suspense
#thriller or #Thrillers

#TrueStories

#womensfiction
#YA – young adult

#YAfiction

#YAlit

For promotions

#99cents or #99c

#authorinterview

#authorRT

#blogtour or #virtualbooktour

#bookbuzz

#bookgiveaway

#booklook (for excerpts – currently not popular)

#bookreview

#excerpt

#fictionFriday

#Fridayreads – promoting what book you are currently reading

#free

#freebook

#FreeDownload

#freeebook

#FreeReads

#giveaway

#Goodreads – relates to the site Goodreads and its followers

#IndieThursday

#interview or #interviews

#KindleBargain

#newrelease

#SampleSunday – offering a link to an excerpt or sample of your work

#teaserTuesday Or #TeaserTues- usually a line from your novel and a link to a sample

#WW or #WriterWednesday

Other

#author or #authors

#blurb

#booklover

#bookmarket

#buyindie

#ereaders

#GreatReads

#novellines or #novelines – when quoting a line from your (or someone else’s) novel

#ff – stands for “follow Friday” where other writers share people to follow (also used by many non-writers)

#indieauthor or #indieauthors

#indie

#indiebook or #indiebooks

#IndiePub or #IndiePublishing

#mustread

#pubtip – tips on publishing

#readers

Perfecting your tweets

twitter feedCommunicating in just 140 characters is not always easy. And getting your message read on a feed full of other people’s tweets is even harder. But there are a few things to do to make your tweets one of the ones that does get read or better yet results such as retweets or people clicking on your links.

Tips

1.) Before you send out a tweet, re-read it. Check the spelling and syntax. Is it easy to read? You have a space of 140 characters to show sloppiness or quality. Make sure your tweets are the best they can be. Think of them as newspaper headlines.

2.) Make the tweet complete. Unless you are tweeting back and forth with someone, readers should be able to read just the current tweet to understand it.

3.) If providing a link (which should be shortened by a service such as btly), be sure to give a reason to click the link. “Must read tips…” or “10 steps to better writing….” Your best bet is to take some valuable piece of information from your post and include it in the tweet. This gives the reader valuable info and entices them to read more.

4.) Limit the number of hastags. Even though these are designed to help you reach others with the same interests, using more than two or three makes it look like spam.

5.) Put the most important information at the beginning as you don’t know how the other person is reading it. For example, if they are using Twitterberry, they only see the first 32 characters.

6.) Make it easier for people to retweet you. That means you can’t use all 140 characters. You need to leave room for “RT @[name]”. Basically, plan for about 120 characters for your message (including hashtags) and 20 characters for retweeting purposes.

7.) Use action verbs.

8.) Use the word “you” in your tweet. Statistically, this gives you a better chance of being retweeted.

There is nothing wrong with using Twitter to promote your book or blog as long as that is not all you do. You need to retweet other’s messages and respond to others. But if you are using it to promote your work, make sure your tweets are the best they can be.

Hashtags for authors

hashtagIf you use Twitter, you are probably familiar with the idea of hashtags. These are keywords prefixed with a hash or “pound” (#) symbol. They help categorize your tweets and help others easily find tweets about similar subjects. The use of relevant hashtags increases the likelihood that others will see your posts and is a great way to engage a particular community of Twitter users such as readers or other authors.

The following is a list of some of the hashtags for authors or writers. Most are pretty self-explanatory.

For when you are writing

#amwriting – comments from other authors

#amediting – comments from those in the editing stage

#editing

#proofreading

#writingtip or #writetip – writing tips from other authors and editors

#writerwednesday – or more often #WW- used to give a shout-out to writers or suggest authors to follow

#Fridayreads – promoting what book you are currently reading

#fictionFriday

#ff – stands for “follow Friday” where other writers share people or sites to follow

#pubtip – tips on publishing

General book/writing

#book

#novel or #novels

#fiction

#ebook

#kindle

#sony

#nook

#epub

#author or #authors

#writer or #writers

#writing

#Nook

#kobo

#Amazon

#Smashwords

#selfpublishing or #selfpub or #self-publish

Genre-specific

#short or #shortstory or #shortstories

#litfic – literary fiction

#histfic and #histnovel – used for historical fiction

#womensfiction

#scifi

#fantasy

#romance

#paranormal

#horror

#crime or #crimefiction

#suspense

#thriller

#adventure

#christfic

#kidlit

#YA – young adult or #YAlit

#humor

#cookbooks

#mystery

#mysterywriter

#poetry

For promotions

#bookgiveaway

#free

#freebook

#freeebook

#newrelease

#SampleSunday – offering a link to an excerpt or sample of your work

#teaserTuesday – usually a line from your novel and a link to a sample

#excerpt

#interview or #interviews

#bookreview

#blogtour or #virtualbooktour

Other

#novellines or #novelines – when quoting a line from your (or someone else’s) novel

#indieauthor or #indieauthors

#indie or #indies

#indiebooks

#buyindie

#indiepub or #indiepublishing

#booklook

#booklover

#mustread

#readers

Please feel free to comment below and add to this list…