Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin
Share on email
Share on print

Social media hashtags for authors

amwriting hashtag
Use hashtags to get wider visibility for your social media posts.

 

One of my friends, Chris Messina, actually invented the hashtag back in 2007, the same year that social media went mainstream. Here was his tweet:

How do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]?

— Chris Messina’s original Tweet proposing hashtag usage, August 23, 2007

 

A few years ago I asked him to co-author a book with me, but that’s another story.

Considered nerdy at first, and even resisted by the Twitter brass, the humble hashtag (what we used to call a pound or number sign) quickly caught on and helped people give form and structure to the free-form firehose of tweets coming at us from all quarters. Now you could hop into a conversation and share your knowledge or spout off without knowing any of the parties involved. It helped enable the online townsquare.

In short, hashtags brought some degree of order to the chaos of social media.

Here’s a guide to the best hashtags to use on each social media platform if you’re an author

Hashtags quickly migrated to other social platforms: Facebook (where posts with hashtags are still something of a rarity), LinkedIn (where hashtags are now part of the posting process), YouTube, Reddit and Instagram (where the top Instagrammers load their updates with a couple of dozen hashtags).

Authors can use hashtags to discover conversations about topics relevant to your fiction writing or research, and then engage with thought leaders on the subject — or just shoot the breeze with regular folks. Everyone loves talking with an author.

Here’s a guide to the best hashtags to use on each platform if you’re an author or want to engage with authors. (In case you’re wondering, upper-lowercase or all lowercase doesn’t make any difference.)

Twitter

Here are some of the most popular hashtags to use on Twitter (I’m @jdlasica and we’re @authorsai, by the way — follow us and we’ll follow you back):

hashtags#amwriting: the all-around hashtag used to signal writing-related updates

#writerslife: often used in the same way but with a bias toward updates about the writer’s lifestyle, home life or work environs

#writingcommunity: when writing about subjects of interest to the community at large

#writing: anything writing-related

#authors: anything related to authors

#writerlift: Here’s a hashtag where writers are encourage to promote their Twitter account and attract new followers.

#fiction or #nonfiction: just what you’d think

#indiepublishing #indieauthor and #selfpublishing: if this applies to you

Related hashtags

#reading

#book and #books

#bookrecommendations

#creativity and #imagination

And, of course, genre-specific topics such as:

#thrillers

#sciencefiction and #scifi

#romance (though some non-literary updates add to the mix)

#fantasy

#mystery

#ya and #yalit: young adult

#urbanfantasy and every other subgenre

Instagram

 

View this post on Instagram

 

✨HAPPY THURSDAY✨ Q what is your favourite murder mystery? . Synopsis: What if a prank leads to murder? When Freya arrives at her dream job with the city’s hottest start-up, she can’t wait to begin a new and exciting life, including dating her new colleague Jay. However, Nicole, Jay’s ex and fellow employee, seems intent on making her life a misery. After a big deadline, where Nicole continually picks on her, Freya snaps and tells Jay about the bullying and together they concoct a revenge prank. The next morning, Nicole is found dead in her apartment . . . Is this just a prank gone wrong? Or does Freya know someone who is capable of murder – and could she be next? . . . _______________________________ #readersofinstagram #writersofinstagram #bookstagrammersunite #authorsofinstagram #readersfirst #thrillerbooks #murdermystery #ilovebooks #ireadbooks #iamareader #readers #readersofig #readersgonnaread #readersofinsta #bookstagram #bookstagramnewbie #newbookaccount #newbookstagrammer #booknerd #bookphotos #itakepictures #bookpictures #ireadthrillers #ireadyafantasy #yafantasybookstagram #yabookstagram #fantasybookstagram #thrillerbookstagram #pinterest #aesthetic

A post shared by BOOKSTAGRAM FAERIE | Safah (@bookstagramfaerie) on


Where it’s generally a good idea to keep your tweets to three to five hashtags max, the culture of Instagram is to encourage prolific use of hashtags … because discoverability is the entire point. Hashtags are likely used much more widely on Instagram than anywhere else on the Web, owing to the fact that you get a ready-made and often engaging visual collage of updates about a subject.

Instagram imposes a limit of 30 hashtags per post, but some Instagrammers are getting around it by posting more hashtags in the comments. (Me? I think 30 is plenty.) Some popular ones:

#authorsofinstagram: 3.9 million posts

#writersofinstagram: 24 million posts

#writerscommunity: 8.5 million posts

#writingcommunity: 7 million posts

#bookstagram: 45 million posts

#bookworm: 19 million posts

#bookish: 9 million posts

#booknerd: 8.9 million posts

#bookstagrammer: 6.4 million posts

#booksofinstagram: 5 million posts

#spilledink: 5 million posts

#novel: 4 million posts

#amwriting: 3.5 million posts

And many more:

#bookstagrammersunite
#readersfirst
#booknerd
#booklove
#bookshelf
#bookobsessed
#currentlyreading
#ilovebooks
#ireadbooks
#readers
#amreading
#iamareader
#readersofig
#readersofinsta
#readersgonnaread
#bookclub
#bookreviewers
#bookbloggers

And genre-specific:
#thrillers
#thrillerbooks
#ireadthrillers
#thrillerbookstagram
#ireadyafantasy
#yafantasybookstagram
#yabookstagram
#fantasybookstagram
#murdermystery

You get the idea.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn has become a thriving platform for dozens of author groups. When you post an article or update, the service encourages you to add hashtags. LinkedIn hashtag suggestions include #authors, #authors, #authorlife, #authorsofinstagram (but not #authorsoflinkedin), #authorslife, #authorsofig, #authorship and #authorpreneur.

Facebook

While Twitter is a public townsquare, Facebook is a confederation of millions of private enclaves. That means if you use a hashtag inside a private group, it won’t be seen by the public. If you use it on your timeline and your default setting is to show your posts only to friends and family, it won’t be seen by the public.

But some people do use Facebook to spark and engage in public discourse, so go for it! … when you’re on a public page. If you have an author page on Facebook, presumably you’ve made it public. You’ll find some examples here:

#authors

#audiobook

#writing

You’ll notice you can’t embed your Facebook post with a hashtag to your blog, because that’s how Facebook rolls. It’s a walled garden that exploits the Web but doesn’t give back.

Add your own hashtags

What have I missed? Likely many of your favorite hashtags. We’ll make this article evergreen, so please chip in your additions in the comments below to help your fellow authors get more visibility. And keep on tagging!

#authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #writingcommunity #amwriting #fiction #novel #bookstagram #books #booklover #book #bookworm #booknerd #reading #bookstagrammer #bookish #bookaddict #booknerd #bibliophile #instabook #booksofinstagram #bookaholic #read #readersofinstagram #booklove #bookshelf #booksbooksbooks #instabooks #bookblogger #igreads #bookcommunity #booklovers #reader #bookreview #spilledink
5 1 vote
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

1 Comment
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Jo Kelly
25 days ago

I like #writers and #selfpublishing on LinkedIn too – always learning!

1
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x