by Jemi Fraser
In my last post, I talked about 3 hashtags I enjoy using on Twitter. I asked what other hashtags you were using and got some terrific suggestions!
Sara Megibow runs this one. Sara is an agent at Nelson Literary Agency and she is fabulous! Usually on Thursdays, Sara goes through 10 queries in her slushpile and tweets the genre and whether she's passing or requesting pages. She also includes her reason for her decision. It's amazing how many people query her with genres she doesn't represent. I don't think I've ever seen her have less than 2 or 3 in the 10 - sometimes as many as 5. Crazy. Not researching agents is a waste of everyone's time!
I hadn't heard about this one before (thanks Viklit!). I've used word sprinting hashtags during NaNo before, but I hadn't used them elsewhere. I will from now on. Word sprints are a great way to get a boost in your word count. If you haven't used them before, you send out a tweet asking if anyone wants to sprint (use the hashtag!). When someone else is sprinting with you, it's great motivation to get those words down.
3. specific chats for genres and age categories and one for self pubbers
I think these were my first introduction to chats and hashtags. They are Awesome!
#indiechat - this one is great to meet writers who have chosen to self pub. They cover all kinds of great information and you get to meet all kinds of interesting people!
I don't know all of the writing chats (obviously!) but try a search with your genre combined with chat and see what pops up. I've learned a lot by participating in and lurking at these chats. These chats often move QUICKLY!! Using TweetChat is very helpful as it stays on the chat only. It also inserts the hashtag for you so you don't have to remember!
I've got one more post on hashtags up my sleeve. What would you like to see on it? Do you use any of the ones I've mentioned today?
Jemi Fraser is an aspiring author of romantic mysteries. She blogs and tweets while searching
for those HEAs.