Judging from questions I get in my inbox, many people don’t understand Twitter hashtags. Maybe they are just plain annoyed by them – but they can be useful in your book marketing.

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If you’re promoting a Young Adult novel, these links and pages will get you connecting with online groups and forums likely to embrace your title.

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If you’re promoting your Christian fiction book, these links and pages will get you off the ground connecting with groups and forums likely to embrace your title.

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Over the years, we've posted numerous articles with tips and tricks to help authors navigate and optimize their promotional and professional exploits on different social media platforms. Here's a tour of some of our best posts when it comes to social media for authors.

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Twitter Promotion Tips for AuthorsThough it's been around for more than 6 years (a lifetime for an internet company) — and gained more than half a billion users — Twitter is still a big mystery for many authors. In an effort to de-mystify the social network which most baffles new users, we've compiled a list of our favorite articles about how authors can use Twitter to: * promote books * expand upon existing narratives * network with other writers and publishing industry professionals * build a readership * and more So, here we go...

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Tweeting a NovellaThe Hollywood director who brought you "Traffic" (and, umm... "Magic Mike") is tweeting his new book, a novella called GLUE. That's right. Imagine Steven Soderbergh sitting for hours in the darkness of his home office, tweeting and tweeting and tweeting and tweeting. Well, that's how I choose to imagine it went down, anyway.

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Twitter for Authors[This post was written by guest contributor Beth Barany, author of Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers.] I know Twitter can be a confusing medium for many authors -- what can you say in 140 characters or less to promote your book? In my opinion, Twitter is actually a writer's dream for those who like to write short, like the absence of a lot of images, and are willing to experiment. A news service that the users create, Twitter is a great resource to meet other writers, agents, editors, and book bloggers, people who love to read and review books.

10 Tips on Promoting Your Book on Twitter

1. Open an account on Twitter. Choose a name that is easily recognizable, ideally your author name. In the long run, as an author, you are your brand. If you choose a name like “jamie123” this won’t help you build name recognition. 2. Bring in your email contacts. Twitter makes this easy...

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