It seems that everywhere you turn as a writer you’re getting the advice to jump in, build your following and, through that, viola (!), you have an enviable platform created in no time. Obviously it’s not that easy. There are numerous articles out there that teach you how to build a following, connect with users, and create valuable content. Many of these How-To articles will be showcased on Quill Shift’s Use Your Quill—Marketing page, but this particular round-up is all about Twitter and how to find and talk to the groups that matter most to you. It will take the creative use of the right hashtags, using them in your tweets, and searching Twitter to find conversations that revolve around that content.
The site e-books & Kids gives a rundown of 71 Twitter Hashtags All Authors Should Know. Some important children’s and YA tags:
- #MGLit (middle grade lit)
- #SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators)
Another great resource for Twitter hashtags is Aerogramme Writers’ Studio’s . Aerogramme Writers’ Studio is a website created to provide resources for new and established writers, alike. A few hashtags you can use to connect with other writers include:
- #1K1H (write one thousand words in one hour)
Twitter is not for all, and your author platform is not doomed to obscurity if you don’t use it. There are other hot platforms depending on your intended audience and how often you’d like to interact with them. Goodreads, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube are all viable options. Choosing 2-3 of these platforms, understanding the users and how they interact with each other, and creating authentic relationships will give you the foundation to create a great author platform. If Twitter is one of these social media channels, definitely check out the above articles to quickly find your audience.