Let me preface this piece by saying that this is not the authors to follow on Twitter list, it is merely my personal list. The following 10 people are authors who I think are nailing it on Twitter—whether it is how they use the medium for self-promotion, a way to share their lives beyond their writing, or sheer entertainment value. If you aren’t already following these folks, consider adding them to your list.
Who are your favorite authors on Twitter? Share them below in the comments.
There’s no shortage of snark and sarcasm on Twitter, but finding content that is truly uplifting and inspirational in the space of 140 characters is rare. Author Paulo Coelho masters this craft on Twitter the same way he did in the books that made him one of the world’s best-selling and beloved authors.
Not knowing whether to wait or to forget is the worst kind of suffering
— Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho) July 6, 2013
Judy Blume is one of the first authors I remember connecting with as an early reader. Years later, I still find it personally thrilling to have a window into her world through Twitter. She jumped into the medium headfirst with guileless commentary on both her personal and professional life that will further endear her to readers of all ages.
Out to dinner with family. Convo-teabaggers vs carpetbaggers. I know about carpetbaggers. Husb xplains other. Oh, that!
— Judy Blume (@judyblume) July 4, 2013
If you are already a fan of John Green’s books (as I am) there is something delightful about following him on Twitter. The way he offers insight and commentary on current events, and shares relevant stories from his own personal life both informs the approach he takes with his novels and adds depth to them.
A bunch of 35 year olds trying to remember the rules of beer pong. #adulthood
— John Green (@realjohngreen) July 2, 2013
When it comes to the world of authors on Twitter, Neil Gaiman pretty much owns it. He has nearly two million followers, and it’s clear he keeps up on those who connect with him via Twitter, judging from the rapid interaction with followers you find on his site. He has mastered so many mediums—fiction, comic books, novels, and screenplays—it’s natural that he would be a great Twitter follow.
Happy Independence Day. Buy a book to read this summer. It’s like getting a whole world as a present, only somewhat more portable.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) July 5, 2013
Author RL Stine writes creepy stories for kids—he’s perhaps best known for the Goosebumps series. RL masterfully uses Twitter for self-promotion and to connect with fans. Anyone who enjoys creepy novels—young or old—will enjoy his Twitter feed.
It’s my 1st teen novel in several years, and it might be my most twisted. http://t.co/AU8uxFD046
— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) June 18, 2013
Her Twitter account is what helped her sell her irreverent collection of essays Everything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar to It Books. Proving that you can translate Twitter wit to the printed page (and Twitter followers to book-buying readers), the book promptly became a best-seller shortly after publication.
My kids need fewer friends who come over say things like “I smell marijuana.” 🙁
— kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) July 6, 2013
Maureen Johnson has been deemed the “Queen of Teen”, having published wildly popular 10 young adult novels. Her Tweets are engaging and prolific, a nice balance of the requisite self-promotion and window into the author’s personal life behind the books.
A tip to anyone running a service of any kind: if your clients are women and paying you, maybe don’t call them “hon”….
— maureenjohnson (@maureenjohnson) July 2, 2013
Prolific novelist and author Margaret Atwood has more than 40 books under her belt and is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Booker Award. It’s thrilling to see a writer that is as established as she is embrace the Twitter so fully. You’ll find her sharing personal stories, engaging with followers and promoting her work.
Now, enough dalliance. It’s off to the Writing Burrow. The Undead never cease from mental fight, nor shall the sword sleep in our hands…
— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) July 1, 2013
Former Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl brings her passionate love of food and cooking together in her engaging Tweets. If you love food and you love books (check and check!), chances are you are going to love following Ruth on Twitter.
Perfect post-fourth morning. Hot. Dry. Tall grass. Pulled pork. Slather of vinegar sauce. Satisfying crunch of cracklings. Sweet cold tea.
— ruthreichl (@ruthreichl) July 5, 2013
Amy is the quirky author of some of my (and my children’s) favorite books. She is funny and engaging in her Twitter account, a nice balance of self promotion and independent content.
— Amy Krouse Rosenthal (@missamykr) June 21, 2013