The Top 38 Twitter Hashtags for Readers and Authors (And how to use them.)
Twitter is a great medium for readers and authors... as long as you know how to use it. As you know, hashtags are a useful tool to direct your tweets to like-minded people, or to find information about a topic in which you are interested. If you are a reader looking for suggestions for your next book, there are a variety of #s to look for, and the same is true for authors looking to market their books to readers. Here are the most commonly used 38 such #s:
Now comes the hard part: How to use them. Here are the five things you need to know:
1) Never use more than 2 #s per Tweet. Nothing screams shameless promotion like 8 #s on a single tweet. Research has shown (and yes, they do research these things) that people skip over these tweets.
2) Include some content. There is nothing worse than a tweet that is all hashtags! (What, exactly, is the purpose?)
3) No one reads plain promotional propaganda. If you are trying to get your book out there, be creative about it. Write a blog about your main character's past; attach a third-party review; tell a story. Do anything but shamelessly hawk your book. If people like the way you write, they will find your book (include a link and attach a short bio underneath with a link.)
4) Everyone hates a Spammer!!!! Be judicious about your tweeting. You can really turn people off.
5) Write (and post) book reviews. If you liked a book, tell people about it. This remains the best way to get the word out.
Peter Hogenkamp is a practicing physician, public speaker and author living in Rutland, Vermont. Peter's writing credits include THE INTERN, a novel based loosely on Peter's medical internship, excerpts of which can be seen on Wattpad; ABSOLUTION, the first book of The Jesuit thriller series; and THE LAZARUS MANUSCRIPT, a stand-alone medical thriller; Peter can be found on his Author Website as well as his personal blog, PeterHogenkampWrites, where he writes about most anything. Peter is the founder and editor of The Book Stops Here, the literary blog for readers and writers written by authors, editors, agents, publishers and poets; the founder and moderator of groups on Facebook (The Library), Google+ (Fiction Writers Anonymous); and the chief of three tribes on Triberr, The Big Thrill, Fiction Writers and The Book Shelf. Peter tweets--against the wishes of his wife and four children--at @phogenkampvt and @theprosecons. Peter can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or through his literary agent (Liz Kracht of Kimberely Cameron & Associates) at email@example.com.