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Twitter Hashtags for Indie Authors

Twitter Hashtags for Authors



If you’re like every indie author on my Twitter timeline, you’re trying to sell your book. I have my own opinion on the success of just screaming out to everyone and anyone to buy your book, but I’ll let @Gavrusik do it for me this time.





Get the picture? As I’ve said before, you’re not going to walk into a coffee shop and scream out to everyone there to buy your book. Why do you do it online?

However, you have a twitter account to meet other authors and readers with similar interests. That’s great. There are simple #hashtags that every indie author should know to help their tweets be seen. This list is not exhaustive, but it is some of the most important ones.


The Core #Hashtags:

These are about as basic as it gets, but you should know these:

  • #AmWriting
  • #AmReading
  • #WritersLife
  • #IndieAuthors


Reach Readers:

There are times when you want to reach readers–any and all of them. These hashtags will help you shout into the void with just a little bit more purpose.

  • #BookGiveaway
  • #FridayReads
  • #MustRead
  • #GoodRead


Reach Specific Readers:

Sometimes, you want to find those readers that have the highest likelihood of having interest in your book, not just anyone who’s ever read something in their life. Try sending tweets with targeted hashtags. These are some of the top genre-targeted #hashtags:

  • #SciFiChat
  •  #YALitChat
  • #YA
  • #FlashFic
  • #Romance
  • #Horror
  • #FanFic
  • #History
  • #Biopic
  • #RWA (Romance Writers of America)
  • #MemoirChat
  • #RomanceWriter
  • #KidLitChat
  • #PoetTues
  • #ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers)
  • #MGLit (Middle Grade Lit)
  • #SCBWI (Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators)


Connect With Authors:

Maybe you’ve learned a thing or two from me and you’re not just trying to sell your book. That’s great. Congrats on making your social media profile not completely psychotic and one-track-minded. (Minded? This guy’s an author?)

Here’s some great #hashtags to connect with authors:

  • #IndiePub
  • #SelfPub
  • #WriterWednesday or #WW
  • #SelfPublishing
  • #ScriptChat (for Screenwriters)
  • #WordCount
  • #LitChat
  • #BookMarket
  • #ZineChat
  • #WritingParty
  • #NaNoWriMo

Get Writing Help:

Sometimes you just want specific advice on writing. Try these #hashtags on for size:

  • #Grammar
  • #AmEditing
  • #WritingTips or #WritingTip
  • #Writing
  • #WritingPrompt
  • #WriteChat


Industry Tags:

Finally, let’s bring this full circle–from the broad general #hashtags getting more and more specific by the middle, and now back to some brand general industry tags.

  • #Ebooks
  • #Publishing
  • #GetPublished
  • #BookMarketing
  • #Digital
  • #AskEditor
  • #AskAgent


There you go. 48 #hashtags for you to consider when you tweet about how amazing your book is and how you will drink gasoline if I buy your book. (How did this become a thing? How is the “I will do X crazy-ass thing if you buy my book” a real thing?)

Fine, I’ll give you an even 50 #hashtags because you’re neurotic and OCD. If you need two other tags when trying to sell your book, consider #DoesAnybodyHearMe or #IKnowSomethingYouDontKnow. You’re welcome.


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  1. C.H.Armstrong

    Very cool! Thanks, Dan!

  2. AK Silversmith

    How about a hashtag for keyword help from fellow indies… keywords are driving me crazy! Is it a bit personal to ask fellow authors about their keywords? I’d love to see more people fess up about what works for them, their book, their genre.

    Great tips here Dan, thanks 😉

    • danburi777

      Are you talking about keywords for Amazon? I think most of us are in the same place you are, AK. We’re just guessing at which keywords work the best!

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