Twitter is a writer’s hub. It’s a place where you can interact with agents on a social level, find critique partners, and enter contests that can give you a leg up in your agent search. It’s also a great way to improve your platform so potential publishers will see you have a built-in audience.
But how can you be sure you’re getting the most out of Twitter? Start by being active using writing related hashtags. These will help you find and connect with others in the writing community.
Here are some popular ones to follow:
There are also some writing exercises where you share a line or two based on a posted theme on certain days of the week:
- #MuseMon (Monday)
- #2bittues (Tuesday)
- #1linewed (Wednesday)
- #Thurds (Thursday)
- #FictFri (Friday)
- #SlapDashSat (Saturday – no theme)
The theme for many of the above hashtags changes weekly, so be on the lookout for what the upcoming one is. There are additional ones that drill down into things like Science Fiction (#SciFiFri), so be on the lookout for those if that’s what you write.
Finally, one other valuable hashtag that deserves it’s own section is the #MSWL hashtag. It stands for Manuscript Wish List, and agents and editors use it to tweet about what specific projects or ideas they’d like to see land on their desk. This is a great way to find an agent who might be interested in seeing that super unique book you just wrote.
Twitter is also an excellent way to enter contests, so be on the lookout for events, like #PitMad, where you can tweet about your book and get it front of agents scrolling through the feed.
So get out there and start interacting and tweeting! Have any other favorite writing related hashtags? Share them in the comments.