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Twitter Guide For Authors & Illustrators > Promotion and Marketing > How can I use hashtags to promote my book?

Index of topics: Main Twitter Guide For Writers & Illustrators page. To go back to my blog for kidlit/YA writers and illustrators, see Inkygirl. You can find me on Twitter at @inkyelbows (focus: writing and illustrating children's books) and @DebbieOhi (livetweets, chat, photos, personal ramblings). Also see my list of Other Useful Twitter Guides For Authors And Illustrators and Twitter Lists of: agents who represent kidlit/YAkidlit/YA editors, children's book art/creative directors and K-12/teen librarians on Twitter.

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Q. How can I use hashtags to promote my book?

I am somewhat of a hashtag curmudgeon, so I'm probably not the right person to ask this question. I tend to use hashtags mainly to participate in memes, conversations/chats already in progress or establish specific context. 

Some people are clever with hashtags and know how to use them to add humor or useful context. If you use them badly, you'll just end up irritating people or coming across as a spammer. Don't use hashtags to highjack conversations already in progress. See my "What's a hashtag?" FAQ entry for more info.

Last updated on February 26, 2014 by Debbie Ridpath Ohi