Using Twitter should be in the arsenal of every indie author. Twitter is great for networking and building an audience for your books. But sometimes trying to find valuable information can be difficult. That’s why I’m creating a new hashtag for indie authors.
Indie Authors, Twitter And Hashtags
For those that don’t know, this is Twitter’s definition of the hashtag:
The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.
What this means is that if you put a hashtag in front of a phrase, that phrase is now a link and others can search for and find tweets with that phrase.
Hashtags should be used only on Tweets relevant to the topic. Also, hashtags can be used in many Twitter tools so you can automatically send out tweets with a certain phrase.
Indie Authors And The New Hashtag
I’m creating a new hashtag, as I said in my previous post:
This stands for Indie Author Handbook. I would’ve used IAH but it’s being used elsewhere on Twitter. What I will be using this for is to tag any posts that you feel are especially relevant and useful for indie authors. I encourage you all to start using it as well. See a tweet or a blog post with writing tips for the indie author? Tag it with #IAHB. Read a great post on book marketing, or author branding that indie authors need to know? Tag it. You get the idea :).
Indie Authors Can Make It Go Viral
Remember, if you start tagging tweets with this, we can all search this phrase and find valuable information. This is great because it’s nearly impossible to keep up with all the things tweeted every day. #IAHB will make your writing life easier because it will put that great information at your fingertips.