Social media is all about the here and the now. Tweets are read instantly and Instagram posts are double tapped mere seconds after being posted. For authors with new books entering the market, sharing details about the writing and publishing process on social media platforms is the perfect way to gain a following. To make this happen, it’s got to be all about the hashtags.
What is a Hashtag?
A hashtag is simply a shortcut to help people find specific posts online. You are most likely familiar with the pound - # - a sign that lives in the bottom right-hand corner of your phone’s keypad. This symbol has also been adopted by social media to represent the beginning of a hashtag. For example, #books is a very generic hashtag that could be used by someone looking for pictures of books, new books, or hoping to become part of a book community.
Hashtags and Authors
As an author, using hashtags is one of the best ways to put yourself out there on the Internet. With so many different tags to choose from, it is easy to direct your content toward the exact audience you are trying to reach.
As an example, let’s pretend you’ve written a book of poetry that is about to be published. Here are a few hashtags that could be used to bring attention to your social media posts:
Of course, these are just a few of the many hashtags available for both personal and general use. To help you on your social media journey, here are some hashtags to get you started.
General Book Hashtags
With so much happening in and around social media, it can be easy to get left behind or lost in the crowd. By updating your posts with hashtags, you’ll make it a lot easier for readers to find you, become interested in your work, and build a fan club. Take the time to make this change and you’ll be #booked.