10 Twitter (Hashtag) Hacks for Writers
If you’re not using Twitter hashtags, you are missing out on a virtual universe of resources, connections and opportunities to promote your work.
That is, if you know how (and when) to to use them. Otherwise, they can be one hot mess.
Figuring out how to maximize Twitter hashtags for your writing can be a dizzying, stressful experience. What hashtags do you use? When and how do you use them?
Fear not, I’ve done the work for you. Here is my shortlist of Twitter hashtag hacks for writers. I’ve also included a free bonus resource at the end to really explode your efforts on this social media platform. Don’t want to wait? No problem. Scroll to the bottom and get it right now.
Hacking Hashtags – What are hashtags and why use them? Good questions. Hashtags are any words or phrases attached to a “#” symbol. For example, #writing or #PastLivesNovelSeries or #14TwitterHashtagHacks.
Here is how Twitter explains hashtags:
Here are 3 Reasons To Use Hashtags
- Increase exposure for your messages (tweets)
- Make your tweets easier to search (and to be found by your fans)
- Connect with a community of others speaking to the same hashtags, topics or keywords
10 Ways to Hack Hashtags
1. Add Hashtags to your Twitter Bio – Use 3 relevant keywords (words that have something to do with you, your writing or your business) to make your profile easier for other people to find when they search Twitter. For example, here’s my current Twitter bio:
2. Add hashtags when you Tweet about your writing.
- Only add one, two or (at most) three hashtags. You probably want room for other things like pictures, the title of your novel or a link to your blog post.
- Hashtags can be global – #writing or specific – #writingYAfantasy
- Good hashtags to consider are #amwriting, #wwwblogs, and #1LineWed. But you must use them at the right times or they could backfire. See descriptions and timing for using these hashtags below.
3. Add hashtags when you Tweet your blog posts.
4. #amwriting – This is a worldwide writing community. Check it out for writing resources, contacts and community. Add #amwriting to your tweets to reach this global audience of other writers.
5. Blog Sharing Hashtags – #MondayBlogs, #SundayBlogShare, #ArchiveDay and #wwwblogs (this last one stands for Woman Writers Wednesdays).
6. #1LineWed – Every Wednesday, you can post a line or sentence from your stories. There is a theme each Wednesday (action, cold, death, etc) which you can find out by scrolling through the list of tweets. This hashtag usually lends itself to copious interaction – i.e., favorites (hearts) and retweets. Remember to favorite and retweet other “lines” that you like.
7. #PitMad – Did you know you can pitch your novel to Literary Agents on Twitter? Yes, you can. Here is a great article on how to knock it out of the park: http://bit.ly/1QpDBYJ
8. Trending Topics – Connect your tweet to a relevant worldwide topic that is trending right now. Check trending topics on your profile page (laptop or desktop) or when you search Twitter on your mobile. Don’t just slap on the trending hashtag. Make sure your tweet adds value, amusement or insight to the conversation.
9. Hashtag Games – I’ve spoken before about the many benefits of playing Hashtag games. By participating, you hone your creativity, connect with an active Twitter community and demonstrate your writing skills.
- Occasionally, create a hashtag game tweet that is writer-related but still focused on the hashtag. Example, if the hashtag game is #ReasonISkippedBail you could tweet: “To finish my novel”
- You can even combine your tweet in a hashtag game with a writer hashtag like #amwriting for further exposure.
- Get the Hashtag Round Up app from the app store to know when the major hashtag games start. Here’s the link: http://hashtagroundup.com/
10. Create Your Own Hashtag Brand – Take hashtaging to a whole new level. Create your own hashtags.
Why Create Your Own Hashtag?
- Create a “community” around your topic, service or product. For writers, this can be your name, book title (or series), or a character.
- Help people searching for you or your book find you more easily.
- Distinguish yourself (or your work).
Tips For Your Own Tag
- Keep them short, simple, memorable and relatable.
- Consider the title of your novel or book, or a topic related to your story.
- You will likely need to build an audience that uses the hashtag.
- Use the hashtag repeatedly (not every time you tweet) so that new readers (fans) pick up the hashtag. Try between 2-6 times per week to start. The more you tweet in general, the more you can use the hashtag.
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