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55 Social Media Hashtags For Book Authors (And How To Use Them) | Web Design Relief

Unless you’ve been living in a remote cave (or buried under a giant pile of writing research), you know hashtags serve a very valuable purpose on social media. Those clickable words or strings of words can help you follow ongoing conversations, sort posts according to interests, and expand the reach of your musings beyond your own friends and followers. Furthermore, tweets with hashtags get retweeted 55% more than tweets without them.

Boost your social media efforts and effectiveness by following—and using—this list of hashtags for writers from Web Design Relief:

Enjoy The Writer’s Journey

These “share the journey” hashtags bring the active writing community together by sharing the day-to-day trials and tribulations of the writing life.

  • #amwriting
  • #amediting
  • #writerslife
  • #WriterWednesday

Write The Words

Every writer needs a creative boost now and then. Follow these hashtag prompts to nudge yourself and others into getting the words onto the page.

  • #1K1H (1,000 words in one hour)
  • #WritingPrompt
  • #StoryStarter
  • #wordcount
  • #writingsprint
  • #NaNoWriMo (for the November marathon)

Pose A Question To A Pro

Need guidance from a professional? Pose a question or peruse the hashtag to pick up tips and tricks from the experts.

  • #AskEditor
  • #AskAgent
  • #AskAuthor

Gather Your Genre Group

No list of hashtags for writers is complete without a list of genre-related hashtags. Following these keywords can keep you up to date about what’s going on in the industry as well as connect you to fellow lovers of your genre.

  • #RomanceWriter
  • #Horror
  • #YA
  • #KidLit
  • #LitFic
  • #Crime
  • #Thriller
  • #Suspense
  • #DarkFantasy
  • #SciFiChat
  • #MGLit (middle grade literature)
  • #ShortReads
  • #flashfiction
  • #ChickLit
  • #WomensFiction
  • #HistFic
  • #RWA
  • #NINC
  • #SCBWI
  • #SFWA

Peruse Publication

Trying to get published can be bewildering. Follow one or more of these hashtags so you’ll be in the know.

  • #PubTip
  • #SelfPublishing
  • #SelfPub
  • #QueryTip
  • #Publishing
  • #GetPublished
  • #IndiePub

Seek A Slot

#MSWL is short for “Manuscript Wish List.” Editors and agents post the kinds of manuscripts they would most like to see cross their desks right now. For authors on the hunt for a new agent or a new house, #MSWL gives you a chance to strike while the iron is hot.

Augment Your Audience

Grow your tribe by sharing your writing with readers using the following hashtags:

  • #TeaserTuesday
  • #FridayReads
  • #MustRead
  • #LitChat
  • #SampleSunday
  • #novelines

Move The Merchandise

Hashtags are fabulous for book marketing, especially if you have a launch or a free or discounted book.

  • #freebook
  • #freebie
  • #freedownload
  • #BookGiveaway
  • #99c
  • #booklaunch
  • #BookBuzz
  • #NewBook

Harnessing Hashtags—The Right Way

Since hashtags are essentially keywords that help folks find what they’re looking for, it’s important to use them correctly. Here are a few guidelines:

  • Use hashtags specific to your message
  • Try to take advantage of the important keywords in your post’s text
  • Or, add hashtags at the end of the post
  • Don’t use too many hashtags, except on Instagram, where it doesn’t seem to matter

Check out these examples from @WritersRelief on Twitter:

  • “Want to use your #author website to build #book sales? Here’s how:”
  • “Here are some tips on #writing a cover letter for your #poetry, stories, or #essays.”
  • “#Writers: Think big! Retweet and find out how to use pay-to-play mass mailings to promote your #selfpublished book:”

Once you get the hang of including hashtags in your social media posts, you’ll find that it’s an effortless way to expand your reach. Keep in mind: With the exception of Instagram, you should keep the number of your hashtags down to one or two. A Tweet or Facebook post riddled with hashtags, or followed by a river of them, looks a lot like spam.

 

Question: What are your favorite hashtags, and on what social media platforms do you use them?

Introduction to Medium: Can It Help Promote Your Writing? | Web Design Relief

At Web Design Relief, we’re always on the lookout for new, online ways that writers can build their reputations and gain more fans. One online platform that’s been steadily gaining interest is called Medium.

Writers Ask: What Is Medium?

Launched in 2012, Medium is an online blogging platform developed by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams. Instead of setting up your own blog with a self-hosted domain and building your fan base from the ground up, you can use Medium’s platform and have access to its existing audience. With its minimalistic interface, Medium’s ease of use has made it appealing to journalists, writers, and readers.

Here’s How Medium Can Help Writers Build Their Audience

Generate buzz for your book

It’s a well-known fact that social media is a writer’s most powerful marketing tool. The ability to generate an audience of readers without spending a dime is a great perk for budget-conscious authors. Blog posts on Medium leading up to the release of your book (and afterward) are a fantastic way to motivate readers to support your work.

Get discovered

Just like most other popular social media platforms, Medium uses tags to curate posts for readers—but you’re limited to five. If you write blog posts packed with the SEO essentials, it’s very possible your posts will float to the top. When this happens, Medium users will see your writing featured in the tags you’ve selected. And since Medium values quality over quantity, you’ll be poised to gain new followers, get recommends, and possibly attract new readers and fans.

Some popular writing tags on Medium are: Writing, Creative Writing, Fiction, Poetry, and Writing Tips.

Share your work

Medium is a good place to share new work or test excerpts of longer works. Just keep in mind that any prose or poetry you post will be considered previously published in the eyes of literary journal editors. Whether you post something that’s already been published or a piece you’ve written specifically for your Medium blog, sharing your writing is a great way to bring in new readers and satisfy your current fans.

Posting excerpts or passages from your book via blogging has become very popular in the publishing industry, and is a smart way to generate interest and boost sales of your work.

Blog from your smartphone

If you’re someone who regularly uses your phone to tweet and post to Facebook, Medium is a fantastic blogging option for you. One of the most important features Medium offers is its ease of use, whether you’re using your laptop or the handy smartphone application. The smartphone interface is clear and simple—and very similar to the online application. And with the mobile application, adding photos and videos to your blogs is a breeze!

Another reason why Medium is gaining in popularity: You don’t have to restrict yourself to typical blogging styles and methods. Your writing can be fragmented and erratic, or more form-specific and traditional. So if you want to experiment with a new writing style or genre—Medium is the best place to try something new!

 

Question: Do you use Medium? What is your favorite blogging platform?

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Your Author Website Vs. Your Social Media Profiles | Web Design Relief

It’s a question many writers ask: how to best use the time spent supporting an online presence. Should you focus on your author website, or spend your precious free time posting on social media? Web Design Relief has the answers you need.

Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn have their unique advantages and limitations, and are all essential tools in a writer’s online marketing toolkit.

But an author website can do every bit as much for your online presence—and maybe even more—as a strong social media platform.

Social Media Vs. Author Website: Comparing The Benefits

Author Website

  • Community Building

One of the greatest advantages of an author website lies in its ability to build and maintain a dedicated fan base. While social media platforms might help you find an audience, an author website allows you to build and support your fan base more effectively using mailing lists and blog posts.

  • SEO Potential

Content is the engine that drives your online presence, and there’s no better way to power that engine than with the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) potential of an author website. With the right keywords, you can boost your website’s rank so that it comes up higher in search results. Engaging graphics, informative blog posts, and well-placed social sharing icons will help expand your reach and find new readers.

Social Media

  • Established Infrastructure

One of the obvious advantages of social media platforms is that each has its own established user base. Purchasing ads and engaging with your existing followers can quickly translate to greater exposure for your writing.

  • Access to Like-minded People

Social media platforms feature groups and fan bases that savvy social media marketers can use to their advantage. Check out upcoming events and existing groups to find individuals who will be interested in you and your writing.

What Does It All Mean?

If social media platforms and author websites each contribute essential functions to an overall social media marketing strategy, which should you use?

The answer is both. Like peanut butter and jelly, social media and an author website complement each other in all the right ways. An author website will act as the hub of your online presence, and social media will offer you the perfect means of outreach and distribution.

 

Question: What’s your preferred social media platform for marketing yourself as a writer?

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