For some writers, social media is just another tool to be used for promotion, marketing, and brand-building. For others (I’m looking at you, Jonathan Franzen) it is seen as a waste of time and brain cells. But for a growing number of authors and other citizens of the publishing world, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the like offers a candid opportunity to connect with fans, champion projects, and give readers more of what they love. From the absurd to the acerbic; the witty to the wise, here are some of the literary people who put the social back in social media. Give them a follow; they won’t disappoint.
The queen of Canadian fiction is just as prolific on the screen as she is on the page. What to expect: politics, activism, beer, book talk, and humor.
Waving from #Newfoundland. Don’t piss them off here or they’ll do a skit about you. Just sayin’.
— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) July 3, 2015
Harry Potter’s birth mother offers followers book news, politics, and hilarious rebuttals to ridiculousness.
*Bangs head against desk until concussed* https://t.co/wNC0KKeo0g
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 29, 2015
Neil Gaiman At nearly 86k tweets, you can expect a bit of everything from this down-to-earth author.
I am not superstitious. But I tried on a plaid jacket at my wife’s behest in a junk shop, & then got caught in a 6 hr traffic jam. #Colours.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) July 12, 2015
New York Public Library The NYPL Twitter account is a fantastic book world resource, sharing news, events, trivia, and events in both NYC and beyond.
— NY Public Library (@nypl) July 9, 2015
Salman Rushdie Politics, activism, strong opinions, and a lot more humour and levity than you might be expecting from the outspoken author.
So did I. I guess Rumour doesn’t read. https://t.co/7SrdETQNuJ
— Salman Rushdie (@SalmanRushdie) June 17, 2015
Stephen King Stephen King is a fairly new (2013) addition to Twitter, and was a little slow with tweets out of the gate, but he’s great fun now. Book news, social commentary and the occasional dog tweet make him great fun to follow.
Loved CHAPPIE. It’s like a children’s story written by an extremely talented psychopath.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 6, 2015
Amy Tan The best-selling author likes to tweet about books, sports, current events, her dog, and occasionally, fashion.
My mother was a difficult person–always trying to protect me from greasy germs, early death, and an ugly hairstyle. pic.twitter.com/iW6bJLNQRW
— Amy Tan (@AmyTan) May 10, 2015
Ayelet Waldman Social commentary, news about her latest projects, and a healthy dose of honesty from the feisty writer keeps this account interesting.
All I really want is to watch the next season of Outlander. Is that too much to ask?
— Ayelet Waldman (@ayeletw) July 12, 2015
Margaret Bail Literary agent Bail is a fantastic follow for new authors, as she offers advice, insight, and a regularly-posted #10queries feature, which is kind of like speed-dating for hopeful writers.
Q1: Historical fiction. Love the premise of race relations in the 60s but writing doesn’t get me excited to read more. Pass #tenqueries
— Margaret Bail (@MKDB) July 9, 2015
Terry McMillan Feminist, funny, feisty. Everything you love about McMillan’s books, 140 characters at a time.
Have a magnificent Monday all. Taking a twacation for a week, maybe two. Doing this thing called editing. I wrote a book. Behave. No, don’t.
— Terry McMillan (@MsTerryMcMillan) July 13, 2015
Have I missed any of your favorite bookish follows?