Indie Authors And A New Twitter Hashtag

indie author handbookUsing 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.

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About Renée Pawlish

Award-winning author Renée Pawlish writes the bestselling horror book, Nephilim Genesis of Evil, the Reed Ferguson mystery series, short stories and non-fiction ghost stories.
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16 Responses to Indie Authors And A New Twitter Hashtag

  1. Great idea Renee, I’ll start adding #IAHB to my tweets for Indie Authors.

  2. Dan says:

    Further proving that hashtaging can have a powerful effect on Twitter. Great post Renee! I will certainly be sure to use this where I think it is appropriate!

  3. Jack Durish says:

    Thanks. I’ll add that to my vocabulary.

    I use hashtags extensively to help my Tweets reach beyond my limited universe of followers. I first select words that I can use in Tweets to attract attention. I then search them to make sure that others are using them regularly. If not, I eliminate them from my list. No sense writing in words that no one else uses.

  4. Jon Mac says:

    This is a good idea. I’ll start doing it :)

    • ReneePawlish says:

      Thanks. I hope it will help narrow down tweets to stuff that’s really helpful for us indie authors. Not that #indieauthor is bad, but it’s very broad. This is specific to tips and info. Thanks for your comment.

  5. Debby Lush says:

    Great idea! I’m really knew to all this, and hashtags have been a bit of a mystery to me, so now I’m going to try and use this one, as I keep finding tons of useful info that deserves sharing.

  6. I’ve not used hashtags much, not really sure what to do with them. I’ll give this one a go!

  7. Great idea. I’m planning to use the new hashtag with my next blog post.

  8. Klaudio Zic says:

    Greetings from the author and owner of the zodiac. Using said tag. Compliments!

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