Twitter for Writers: Top People to Follow on Twitter (and Useful Hashtags)


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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Agents:

(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 .)

Editors:

@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

@MargotLivesey – editor of Ploughshares, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy (on my reading list) and other novels

Also, check out my list of editors, and publishers.

Literary Magazines:

@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.)

Writers:

@NathanEnglander - his Ministry of Special Cases (2008) was one my best-reads last year

@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

@alexanderchee - author of Edinburgh (2002), with new novel coming

@alanheathcock -award winning author of highly charged collection, VOLT (2011)

@CherylStrayed – author of the memoir Wild

@tayari - Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow and more

@SalmanRushdie - does he need introduction?

@Shteyngart - most enjoy his tweets in exchange w others, like Rushdie

@novaren - the writer of YA novel, Imaginary Girls, and more

@katemessner - a children’s writer and TED2012 speaker, who hosted TeachWrite! camp this summer

@alexizentner - author of Touch and The Lobster Kings (coming 2013)

@unitedirishman - Irish ex-pat writing crime noir (his The Cold Cold Ground is on my reading list), whose blog is fierce with wit and intelligence

I will read anything this witty writer posts:

@mat_johnson – author of the novel Pym, whose twitter profile reads, “Because it amuses me to say so.”

@emmastraub - author (on my summer reading list: Other People We Married (2012)), bookseller, @RookieMag  staffwriter, with a lovely wit.

(I follow many more writers than this, so check my list of writers.)

Writer-Resources:

@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

@Porter_Anderson

@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)

Indie Booksellers:

@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.)

News Sources:

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

Online Curators:

@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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20 responses to “Twitter for Writers: Top People to Follow on Twitter (and Useful Hashtags)

  1. Excellent list! In fact…I am going to tweet it. ;)

  2. Amazing resources! Thanks.

  3. This was so good I had to add it to the Delicious link roll on my web site.

  4. Hi Elissa: I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award… Come check it out: http://meenarose.com/2012/06/16/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    As an added bonus you get to learn 7 random things about me :)

    Between you and Robert Lee Brewer I have learned loads about Social Media and Twitter, in particular!

  5. CHeck #AcWri for academic writing.

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  7. elissa field

    Thanks for the feedback, Jlynn, Meena, Daniel, Gerry and ABR. When I started on Twitter, the thing that got me rolling was when I discovered a list like this on another writer’s site, so I hoped it would be useful to others. Twitter can be frustrating when it’s not yet flying for you, so I’ll be glad if this helps make it a more useful tool for other writers.

    Anyone else have more ids or hashtags to share? Or leave a link, if you create a list of your own.

  8. elissa field

    Want a kick in the seat this month? Use hashtag #JuNoWriMo for sprinter prompts. I took a break from other work for a 20 min sprint this morning that yielded a 480 w scene when I least expected it.

  9. Wow. Great lists. I don’t know how you put this together. But, thank you.
    Sincerely,
    Kelly Turnbull

  10. Thank you for the resource list. I am an aspiring writer that is beginning my writing career. I am learning the process of publishing, editing, and am trying to meet writers and readers. I believe this will help my process along the way to accomplishing my goals, thank you again.

    -Kevin Dufresne
    @KevinDufresne1

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  13. A bit late to the party I realise but I’ve brought my Twitter account back from the dead which I intend to use for my writing-related posts. This was very useful information.

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