I’ve posted before (Why Writers Should Use Twitter and Social Media for Writers: Twitter v Facebook) about the ways I’ve come to value Twitter. I’ve gathered a list of the people and organizations I’ve found most interesting to follow on Twitter this year.
I recommend them based on interest, usefulness and activity level on Twitter. That is important to say, since, for example, the lit-mag and writer lists clearly leave off many magazines and writers I love.
The list is partially annotated, and loosely categorized (nearly all of those listed might fit in more than one category) and includes some related hashtags. Also, there are links to my lists within Twitter, to find more writers, magazines and more.
I hope it is useful to you, and would be interested to hear your own recommendations in the comments — better yet, look me up! Elissa Field on Twitter: @elissafield.
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(Some agent specialties are listed, although I follow many agents outside my genre, based on the information shared in their tweets.)
@RachelleGardner - an agent whose advice on everything from querying to income is thorough and honest.
@DonMaass - ubiquitous agent, Donald Maass
@SaraMegibow - a lovely agent at Nelson Literary Agency, who shares sample replies by posting #10queriesin10tweets (Thursdays)
@michellewitte - MG & YA lit
@sarahlapolla - associate at Curtis Brown
Michelle, Sarah and other agents share advice in open Q & A #askagent chat (Wed evenings)
@greyhausagency - represents romance and women’s lit, and shares sample replies with #GLAQueries
@NepheleTempest - CA lit agent, writer, reader
@QueryShark – a great resource, offering frank critiques of queries submitted by writers
(Note: you can find more than 30 agents and junior agents by checking my list of agents .)
@mpnye - Michael Nye is managing editor of Missouri Review, and author of Strategies Against Extinction
@HannahTinti - editor of One Story, author of The Good Thief and more
@robspill – Rob Spillman, Tin House editor
@parisreview - The Paris Review
@GrantaMag - Granta
@_conjunctions - Conjunctions
@Missouri_Review - Missouri Review
@haydensferryrev - Haydens Ferry Review
@mcsweeneys - Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly
@NERweb - New England Review
@asfmag - American Short Fiction
@TheReviewReview - a review of literary magazines
@Tin_House - Tin House
@PaperDarts - Paper Darts
@onestorymag - One Story
(In addition, here is a listing of 70+ literary mags I follow.)
@meganmayhewbergman - has been featured in BASS and has a great short story collection out (2011). Her tweets about writing and life on a New England farm with tiny daughters and vet-husband are elegantly genuine.
@Benjamin_Percy - a great writer, on my list of great workshop leaders as well
@SalmanRushdie - does he need introduction?
@Shteyngart - most enjoy his tweets in exchange w others, like Rushdie
@katemessner - a children’s writer and TED2012 speaker, who hosted TeachWrite! camp this summer
I will read anything this witty writer posts:
(I follow many more writers than this, so check my list of writers.)
@Duotrope - a powerful writers’ resource listing 3,500 publications, with submission tracker — posts updates about publication reading periods, etc.
@newpages - tweets updated info on litmags, booksellers and more for writers, editors and readers.
@GrubWriters - Grub Street center for creative writing in Boston, hosts the MUSE conference in May (hastag #MUSE2012, or -2012
@poetswritersinc - Poets & Writers magazine – the only “how to” magazine I’ve ever liked for writers
@galleycat - “first word for news in the publishing industry” from Mediabistro
@PublishersLunch - tweets for Publishers Weekly
@BTMargins - Beyond the Margins literary blog
@janefriedman – has been an editor, current role changing, she posts frequently on all aspects of publishing and promoting literature
@JonathanGunson - a writer, sharing publishing, writing & emedia advice
@ErikaDreifus - author of The Quiet Americans, collects and shares useful information for writers
Teaching & Teaching Writing:
@writingproject - National Writing Project
@edutopia - “what works in education” – the George Lucas educational foundation
@RWTnow - Read Write Think. org
@nytimeslearning - New York Times Learning Network
Social Media or PR:
@robertleebrewer - a poet whose blog My Name is Not Bob is generous with advice on social media and more
@kmullett - Kevin Mullett – a developer/designer tech guy, not PR, who just… well, seems to get all those things folks have questions about
@wordwhacker - Linda Bernstein – writer, editor, blogger, posting about all this and social media and parenting
Look for Kevin and Linda on SM & tech chats using hashtags including: #pinchat #toolschat #tocc (tools of change)
@TatteredCover - an indie in Denver, with great online content
@indiebound – use indiebound.org to locate your neighborhood indie bookseller online, or purchase books online from any indie in the network.
(Raid this list to find all the independent booksellers I follow. Find one near you to do your shopping. Find one to order from. Connect with these guys to build your reading tour when your book launches.)
My two favorite sources for news:
@nytimes – The New York Times
@guardian - The UK’s Guardian
Other sources I follow:
@reuters - Reuters top news
@the_irish_times - Irish Times
@washingtonpost - Washington Post
Book News & Reviews:
@nytimesbooks - New York Times Books
@nybooks - NY Review of Books
@latimesbooks - LA Times Books
@guardianbooks - Guardian Books
@brainpicker – Maria Popova shares one brilliant thing found online
@FridayReads - use the hashtag #fridayreads to share what you are reading each week
More Hashtags and Chats I Follow:
#toc variations – Tools of Change discussions and conferences
#litchat – literary or book chats held several times each week – great to visit, or to add to your book release tour
#YAlit, #MGlit or #kidlit – chats about young adult, middle grade & children’s lit
#amwriting #writetip – for kindred spirits at work on writing
#WSchat (formerly #MNINB) – Used by Wordsmith Studio, a writers’ group formed by participants from Robert Lee Brewer’s April 2012 Platform Challenge
#educhat – matters related to teaching and education
Twitter trick: Have you ever wondered what a hashtag stood for and didn’t know how to look it up? Try this: http://tagdef.com/
(If you’re curious about a meaning and the tag is not listed on the tagdef site — as happened for me with #WTLconf12 — you can always tweet someone using the tag to ask them the meaning.)
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Feel free to add your suggestions or your own Twitter ID in the comments, and do look me up: @elissafield
Housekeeping takes time: if we are already connected on Twitter, check to see if I added you to the twitter list you would fit on by checking here. If not, private message me so I can add you.
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Why Writers Should Use Twitter including Top 5 Tips
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