Twitter Tips for Readers and Writers

I often have people tell me that they find Twitter difficult and confusing to use. I can understand that it can seem a bit intimidating at first, but it really is a fantastic platform to connect and network with other like-minded people once you get the hang of it. It is the number one social media platform I use to drive visitors to my blog posts and find interesting people to connect with.

Hashtags

The number one concept Twitter newbies need to get their heads around are hashtags. Make sure that you use them and make sure that they are relevant. Unlike Facebook, hashtags are expected and highly useful on Twitter. All you need to do to create a hashtag is add the pound symbol (#) before the tag you are using. E.g. #hashtag

To search for tweets that include hashtags that you are interested in, just enter your hashtag in the search box and you will see every tweet in Twitter about your topic. Make sure you retweet any that grab your interest!

I’ve put together a list of hashtags that all readers and writers should check out:

General

#amreading

#amwriting         hashtag

#amediting

#books

#reading

#novel

#bookboost

#bookworm

#mustread

#greatreads

#writechat

#selfpub

#selfpublishing

#indieauthors

#indiepub

#writerslife

#booknerd

#promotip

#writing

#writingprompt

#amazon

#ebook

#bookbuzzr

#pubtip

#ereaders

#epubchat

#bookquote

#bookbuzz

#kindle

#kindlechat

#whattoread

#currentlyreading

#wip (Work in progress)

#writetip

#writingtip

#storystarter

#bookgiveaway

#giveaway

#free

#freebie

#shortstories

#shortreads

#paperbacks

#bookwormproblems

#writerproblems

#bookmarket

#TBR (To be read)

#readinglist

Genres

#fiction

#nonfiction

#biography

#YA

#romance

#crime

#mystery

#suspense

#thriller

#horror

#scifi

#clifi

#litfic

#histfic

#womensfiction

#paranormal

#dystopian

#contemporary

#history

#urbanfantasy

Hashtag Days

Hashtag Days are an incredibly effective way to connect with new people. Make sure that if you add a Hashtag Day tag to your tweet that you read and retweet other people’s tweets as well.

EDIT 10/12/15 Before you post on a hashtag day, please take the time to read what you can  and can’t tweet on each day. I’ve included the links to all of the hashtag day’s rules, as well as the Twitter accounts that host each day.

Thank you to the incredibly helpful author, Terry Tyler, for the suggestion. Terry has self-published 11 novels on Amazon and is a Twitter expert. An extra tip for you all is to go check out Terry’s blog for self-publishing and social media advice, as well as all kinds of interesting bookish things. Terry also loves to network and support authors and bloggers on Twitter @TerryTyler4

EDIT 16/12/15 Thank you Paula Reed Nancarrow for providing the link for Archive Day! You can find Paula on Twitter @prnancarrow

Monday: #mondayblogs Rules Twitter Account: @MondayBlogs

Tuesday: #tuesdaybookblog Rules Twitter Account: @rosieamber1

#teasertuesday Rules Twitter Account: @ADailyRhythm

Wednesday: #wwwblogs Rules Twitter Account: @Womenwriterblog

#ww (Writer Wednesday)

Use the @ to mention writers that you appreciate on Twitter

Thursday: #indiethursday Rules Twitter Account: @IndieThursday

Also #indiebookstorelove

Friday: #fridayreads Rules Twitter Account: @FridayReads

#ff (Follow Friday)

Similar to #ww. Mention any Twitter people you enjoy following.

Saturday: #archiveday Rules Twitter Account: @SingleMAhoy

Sunday: #sundayblogshare Rules Twitter Account: @SundayBlogShare

This is by no means an exhaustive list of bookish Twitter hashtags, but there are plenty to get started with.

My final piece of advice on getting the most out of Twitter is please make sure that you interact and engage with other people. If you see an interesting link or blogpost, retweet it. Or use the @ feature to let them know you though it was great.

I always follow back bookish people and am happy to assist Twitter newbies.

You can find me on Twitter at @scatterbooker

My other social media handles:

Facebook: scatterbooker

Instagram: scatterbooker

Pinterest: scatterbooker

Google+: Jade St Clair Scatterbooker

LinkedIn: Jade St Clair

 

How Emcee Kerser topped the Australian Aria Charts Through the Power of Social Media

 

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Emcee Kerser

 

Australian rapper, Emcee Kerser, pulled off an amazing feat recently. His latest album, Next Step, recently topped the Australian Aria charts ahead of stars such as Kylie Minogue and Justin Bieber. It is currently sitting at number 26. This is even more amazing when you consider that Next Step has had no radio play on any mainstream stations. Kerser has built his career solely through social media channels.

Kerser’s approach reminds me of Kevin Kelly’s 1000 True Fans theory I wrote about a couple of weeks ago. Just like Andy Weir, Kerser uses his social media channels do much more than post song or book links. He sees interaction with his fans as being the key to his success.

In a recent news.com.au interview Kerser gave some advice for musicians on how to get ahead, but with a few tweaks this can easily be applied to all artists:

Set up a YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, and make sure fans know where to find them

Never be restricted and stay true to yourself

Have a thick skin and don’t let the haters get to you

Stay relevant

Be consistent, but make sure you are dropping quality with the quantity

A lot of you might be wondering how you can apply this to your own social media strategies. You certainly shouldn’t behave exactly the same as Kerser unless you happen to also be an Australian rapper. You can’t be the same as Andy Weir either unless you’re a massive space nerd. My advice is to spend some time to think about what you’re interested in and how that relates to your own work. Spend some time to find out what your audience is interested in too and schedule time each week to chat to people on your social media channels. Most importantly though, keep writing. The number one thing that most audiences want from their favourite author is more books!