Twitter is a playground for many cool bookish people. If you’re new to Twitter or not sure where to start, we’ve got some people for you to follow.
1. Your Local Indie Bookstores
Can we tell you a secret? Your local indie bookstores have the best bookish events. They’re more likely to host visiting authors for signings, book launch parties, and other book-related events.
And there’s no better way to stay in the loop than following them on Twitter. (Except maybe signing up for their newsletters, which you should totally also do.) As an author, it’s great to establish a relationship with your local indie bookstore. Not only are you supporting a local business, but they may also be more willing to put your book on their shelves.
In the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, we love following Magers & Quinn (@magersandquinn), Red Balloon Bookshop (@RedBalloonBooks), and Subtext: A Bookstore (@SubtextBooks)
If you’re not following Joanna Penn’s Twitter (or listening to her podcast), you should be. She’s a thriller author and writes (and podcasts) about being an author and entrepreneur. As a bestselling author who’s transitioned to writing full-time, you know her advice is solid.
3. Alliance of Independent Authors (@IndieAuthorALLI)
The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) runs a blog on self-publishing advice and provides a great resource for indie authors. Twitter helps you network with other authors, and so does ALLi.
Jane Friedman is another fantastic source of information on publishing, and even teaches publishing at the University of Virginia.
5. Penny Sansevieri (@bookgal)
When it comes to marketing, especially getting your book seen on Amazon, Penny Sansevieri knows her stuff.
6. Your Local Library
Your local library, much like your local indie bookstore, hosts fantastic bookish related events. They’re also a wonderful community resource. And just like with your local indie bookstore, establishing a relationship with your local library increases your chances of having them shelve your book.
The Hennepin County Library (@hclib), serving Minneapolis and the surrounding cities, does a fantastic job with their Twitter account.
7. Joel Friedlander (@JFbookman)
You might better know Joel Friedlander as The Book Designer, who offers fabulous content (and webinars) about all things self-publishing.
You can’t go wrong with a brand that’s been helping writers since 1920.
9. The Loft Literary Center (@loftliterary)
If you’re not from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, you might not know about The Loft Literary Center, but we think that should change. The Loft offers classes (yes, even online!) and tweets out fabulous content to help your writing career.
Switching over to the reader side of things, Book Riot is a one-stop site for all things important to book lovers.
11. Mill City Press (@MillCityPress) and Staff
How could this list be complete without suggesting ourselves? Follow us and our staff! Find CEO Mark Levine (@PublishingBuzz), Book Publicist Robin Tinker (@tinkeringnorth), CMO Dena Alspach (@dena33), and Content Manager Amanda Shofner (@amshofner).
Did we miss someone? Let us know who your favorite Tweep is to follow.