Top Twitter Hashtags for Ebook Publishers

Twitter HashtagsIf you are active on Twitter then perhaps you have already seen some excellent lists of twitter hashtags for writers. One good example is Jon Reed’s list of writer hashtags.

If however you want to use Twitter to find information relating to ebook publishing, especially as it applies to indie authors, there are some more specific hashtags being used. I have compiled below a list of the most useful hashtags for ebook authors and publishers.

For those not familiar with hashtags they are basically a keyword beginning with the “#” character. When someone writes a tweet about something they can include a hashtag to make it easier for people interested in that topic to find their tweets. For example I could include hashtags such as #ebooks or #writing in my tweets.

If someone searches for #writing at Twitter they will see all of the recent tweets which include that hashtag. It’s a great way to follow any topic and a good way to find people to follow on Twitter.

Now let’s look at some of the best hashtags for ebook authors and publishers. I suggest keeping in mind the difference between self-publishing or “indie” publishing and ebook publishing, since some of these hashtags are more relevant for one or the other. However in practice I find that people are sometimes interchanging these hashtags. What does that mean for you? Well, if you are seeking information you should probably look at a variety of these hashtags. If you are posting information then you should try and choose the most appropriate hashtags for that particular tweet.

#ebooks

This is an obvious #hashtag so I’ll mention it here even though it is really too general. Sometimes the good tweets about writing or publishing ebooks can become lost among all the tweets about other topics such as reading ebooks and downloading free ebooks.

If you want more targeted information try the following hashtags:

#indieauthor & #indieauthors

These two hashtags seem to be similar in terms of popularity so keep an eye on both!

#indiepublishing & #indiepub

The shorter of these two hashtags, #indiepub is considerably more popular.

#selfpub

For tweets related to self-publishing.

#epub

For tweets related to digital publishing or ebook publishing

#bookmarketing

Whether you are already finished your ebook or still working on it you need to thinking about your marketing. This is a good hashtag to find information about marketing a book or ebook.

The following two hashtags are chat hashtags. They are different to regular hashtags in that there is an assigned time when everyone comes together and tweets under that hashtag.

#epubchat

Time: Every other Friday, 3pm-5pm PST.

#kindlechat

Time: Fridays 12pm-1pm PST.

 
Did I miss any good hashtags? 
Please feel free to add a comment below…

About the Author: Gary McLaren

Gary McLaren is the author of 'The Indie Author's Guide to Publishing Ebooks'. He also manages several web sites for professional writers including Publish Your Own Ebooks and Worldwide Freelance.





Comments

  1. A great hashtag for tweets about creating eBooks is: #eprdctn

  2. I use #kindle and #nook as well.

  3. #eprdctn is indispensable for discussing ebook creation. Great chat every Wednesday at 11am PST.

  4. One thing I don’t like about Twitter’s search feature for pulling up hashtags or other keywords is that the list defaults to ‘top tweets’, which has a lot of old tweets in it that you have seen previously. I missed newer tweets and tweets from more independent sources for awhile since I didn’t realize Twitter was selecting ‘popular’ tweets for me.

    I wish the general list of real-time tweets was the search default, with top tweets as an option. I can seen that option as useful for entities monitoring their image, etc, but I don’t personally find it useful and wonder if many good tweets go unread because of this.

    • Hi, Diane. I often do searches at Tweetreach. As a free user you only see the first 50 results which are the most recent tweets, I believe.

    • The default is for top tweets, which is annoying. You have the option of clicking “All” next to “Top Tweets” and that shows everything that’s posted. Searching without the hashtag brings about a completely different set of results, as well. Twitter is compact — it takes up little space, but can give powerful results.

  5. #amwriting is one I see all the time. It puts you in touch with authors who are producing work.

  6. Thanks for this! I was just about to tweet about the new Carnival of Indies issue – and didn’t know which hashtags to use. And low and behold – there was your article. Very helpful!

  7. Michael Girard says:

    This is a great list. The online publishing industry has such a dynamic and robust set of social media communities. As a community manager at Radian6 I’ve been so impressed with the sophistication online authors and publisher exhibit in the social media space.

    Thanks for the list!

    Michael Girard
    Community Engagement, Radian6

  8. I had read this back on Oct 9th! and already makes so much more sense to me, esp with first ebook published just about a month ago. Thanks!

  9. Thanks for the list above. Below my extensive list!

    Tweeting your books/work to readers #kindle #sony #nook #ebooks #kobo #ipad #ereaders #ebook

    Tweeting your books/work for genres:#horror #suspense #thriller #romance #vampires #YA #fiction #paranormal #fantasy #mystery #dark #erotica #menage #adult #sexstories #eroticstory #erotic #vampires

    General hashtags for writers: #novel #indiepub #new #shortstories #womensfiction #science #futuristic #writers #epublishing #epublishers #paperbacks #follow #short #story #greatread #whattoread #books #blog #post #nonfiction #storytelling #book #amwriting

    If you are tweeting a sentence or short paragraph from your story use: #Novelines

    And don’t forget to include other countries if your books/work sell overseas: #australia #uk #germany #france #usa #London #Sydney #melbourne #Brisbane #Canada #Denmark #ireland #italy #greece #spain #berlin #tokyo

    Hashtags for promoting purchase sites: #smashwords #bookbuzzr #fReadO

    Good web site for hashtags http://hashtags.org/

    I keep this list saved on my desktop in notepad to just copy and paste when I need them. 🙂
    Remember to include the hashtags on your blog post as well. There are several online papers created through http://paper.li/ that pick up the hashtags and you and your post may be featured in many of them.

  10. As an author and publisher I find this article and especially the comments very helpful for marketing my shorts and other work on Twitter. Thanks all.

  11. It\’s hard for me to use the hashtag #amwriting when I\’m #amMarketing instead of #writing! But I like the idea of joining the #indieauthor #community – like a virtual #salon (as in words, not hair!)
    Diana Bletter, author,
    The Mom Who Took Off On Her Motorcycle

  12. Just wanted to say that your #hashtag post is #awesome. #ThankYou

  13. Very, very helpful post! Great information and comments. Thanks!

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