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5 Twitter Accounts Indie Authors Should Follow

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Twitter is a platform for everyone. From activists to ordinary people, and to writers. Twitter is composed of a world full of diverse communities that often interact with each other. It is a place where you can find your readers and engage with them openly, and also discover other writers like yourself.

This kind of interaction is vital if you’re to build yourself a substantial (and lasting) follower-base, and if you’re to improve yourself as a writer—especially as a self-published one. There are many famous Twitter accounts that regularly tweet tips and tricks relevant to book publishing and marketing that you must follow. These accounts are run by renowned authors and publishers with years of experience in the field.

01. Alliance of Independent Authors (@IndieAuthorAllI)

The Alliance of Independent Authors (Alli), according to their website, is a “non-profit association that provides trusted advice and education, supportive guidance and a wide range of benefits and resources, within a friendly accessible community of successful indie authors and advisors.”

Their Twitter account tweets regular updates about their latest events, podcasts, interviews with famous writers, marketing tips for indie authors, etc. Following this account will also help you connect with their members around the world.

02. Joanna Penn (@thecreativepenn)

Joanna Penn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several thriller books, and her books have sold over 600,000 copies in 162 countries and have been translated to 5 languages. In her Twitter account, she talks about being an author and an entrepreneur, and about balancing both roles and learning how to prioritize what’s important.

She also has a podcast on self-publishing advice, book marketing tips and tricks, etc. As a full-time, highly successful writer, her advice is easy-to-follow and reliable, for she speaks from personal experience. Her website, The Creative Penn, is a gold mine for indie authors—with articles that encompass a wide range of topics like ebooks, audiobooks and AI narration, Amazon keyword usage, and many more.

03. Stephen King (@StephenKing)

Stephen King, with over 50 published books, is the legendary story-teller who is considered having revived the horror fiction genre in the late 20th century. He was the recipient of America’s prestigious 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for distinguished contribution to American Letters. In 2007 he also won the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

His Twitter account is a must-follow for indie authors—especially for those struggling with self-doubt and lack of motivation. When you wake up one day and think that you’re simply incapable of finishing your story, go through Stephen King’s tweets. His encouraging words and simple writing advice could surely be the inspiration you seek.

04. Writer’s Digest (@writersdigest)

Writer’s Digest has been helping writers since 1920—“Writers helping writers improve their craft, achieve their goals and recognize their dreams.” The Writer’s Digest Twitter account will regularly update you about the newest articles published on their website, tips and tricks of the writing trade, publishing and marketing, writing competitions, instructional workshops, insightful interviews with renowned authors, and much more that you simply should not miss out on.

If you’re stuck and looking for inspiration to write, the Writer’s Digest Twitter account will also send some creative writing prompts your way to get you started.

05. The Write Life (@thewritelife)

The Write Life covers topics from marketing to blogging to publishing to freelancing via their website. Their Twitter account gives you a sneak peak into the articles published on the website, regularly updating followers on the latest news in the publishing world.

Bonus: Gutsy Creatives’ Twitter account, @GutsyCreatives, gives writers advice on self-publishing and marketing, and directs them towards online courses and free resources to improve their craft!


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Sharika Hafeez

Sharika Hafeez is a nerd, and she’s proud of it. Growing up, she fell in love with books and writing, and is currently following her undergraduate degree (for some mysterious reasons) in Physics. She likes procrastinating by watching the stars with a steaming cup of tea, composing poetry in her head.

December 22, 2021

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