Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Favorite Twitter Hashtags

I'm on Twitter quite often, but am still searching for the most effective way to use the site to promote my books.

One thing I have learned is that using hashtags is a good method to draw people to what you'd like them to see.

Hashtags are words or phrases with the # sign in front of them. When a person clicks a particular hashtag, out pops a bunch of tweets which include that hashtag. That comes in handy for people who want information in a hurry, without sifting through everything.

Here's a smattering of the ones I use:

#romcom - short for romantic comedy
#romance
#chicklit 
#mystery
#thriller
#amazon
#kindle
#free
#freebie
#free4kindle
#amwriting
#prime

Since all but one of my books are available on Kindle Unlimited, which seems to be the next big thing at Amazon, I'm also planning on using #kindleunlimited and see what happens.

What about you? What are your favorite hashtags? Which seem most effective to you?


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20 comments :

  1. I always intended to master hashtags, but most of the time I forget I'm in a relationship with Twitter. Seriously, though, hashtags and labels for blogposts are important. I'm slowly learning blog labels and keywords for websites.

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    1. Hashtags are extremely important in Twitter. It's a small bother, but worth it when you use them.

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  2. Morgan, one of the hashtags I've seen for Kindle Unlimited is #KindleU and I think another is #KU. Not sure about that one, though. I have not checked it out on Twitter.

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    1. Also, for reaching readers I've used #amreading and #reading

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    2. I've seen #KindleU, but haven't seen #KU. If I see that last one a lot, I'll start using it as well.

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  3. Personally, I think the best promotion on twitter is yourself as a real person. I don't mind promo tweets every so often, but daily with 2+ hashtags, it all looks spammy to me. The writers whose books I've bought from a twitter connection were through reading their writing advice or personal commentary etc rather than direct promo. Something to consider in a flooded superhighway of promo that twitter often becomes.

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    1. To each his own. Many of use go on Twitter to promote and also help others promote, but others enjoy getting to know their followers. I find myself being chummy more often on Facebook, rather than Twitter. One exception is if I'm watching a country music awards who or Academy Awards, or something similar. Then, I like to comment on the clothes, the winners, and other fun things and see the other comments.

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    2. I also like Twitter for following any writing conference. Some groups are better than others, but you can really make some good connections if they are tweeting the conference using their own hashtag.

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  4. A popular one for children's writing and one I use often is #kidlit. I used #henlit for my novelette and got a few people interested that way. I do try to remember to use hashtags and labels for everything. I find it easier to find things I'm interested in, too. Thanks for the post!

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    1. I wonder what #henlit stands for. #kidlit is easy to figure out.

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    2. I use #kidlit for any Little Pickle Press promos. #Homeschooling is another good one for children's literature.

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  5. As any author I use #HASHTAGS which are associated with the book I wrote. Since my first romance novel entitled "I Kissed a Ghost, is a YA Paranormal/Time Travel/First Kiss romance I use #paranormal #romance #ghost #ghosts #ghoststories #YA #youngadult #timetravel #firstkiss This is in addition to those related to being an adult, books, KINDLE, ebooks, etc as well as any combination of them, and those related to any promotion such as Free, Kindle Countdown, etc..

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  6. Yes, we do need to tailor our hashtags to coincide with the type of books we're promoting, and also the type of promo we're doing! Not always easy to get it all in!

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  7. I haven't mastered Twitter yet; it's on my to-do list. Soon...I think.

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    1. A little at a time. Twitter's not so hard. At least you don't have to write that many words each time.

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  8. I've tried so hard to like Twitter, but I don't. I did it for a long time, and I've finally stopped. I never saw much from Twitter. I accept followers and follow them back, but my time is better utilized writing. Now don't get me started on Facebook. I really love it and have to force myself off.

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  9. My faves are #reading #books #writing #editing #amwriting. I've really been working Twitter this year - have gotten 2,000 more followers since January. I spend max 15 minutes a day on Twitter.

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    1. It's all the responses I get when I post that I feel I have to answer. If I don't answer, I feel selfish.

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    2. I do try to remember to get on Twitter each day, and, yes, I do feel obligated to retweet when others retweet my posts. That's part of the game, but it can be time consuming, especially since when I retweet I like to retweet something about that particular person's book or art, etc., and not something that person retweeted about someone else.

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