It seems prudent to begin with one that is not only popular but strives to help indie authors ‘be seen.’ The hashtag was started by @MarktheShaw (Keeper of the Wind on Twitter), an author of young adult books.
‘This is not just a hashtag. This is a movement…’
Mark’s aim is to draw attention to the outside world through the unification of indie authors and promote independent / self-published books as ‘trendy‘. Events arranged around this hashtag include #25daysofindie, a secret Santa giveaway and more recently #indieprideday (authors/readers posing proudly with an indie book) and an indie book catalog. As I’m sure you may have gathered, this combination of letters is certainly much more than ‘just’ another hashtag.
I have to confess to it being one of my favourites. I’ve a lowish following (about 3,000 people over two twitter accounts) but the response is always good. Retweets range between about four and ten – sometimes less, sometimes more. A lot depends on the book being advertised, the wording and how #indiebooksbeseen is incorporated into the tweet. Although, there is, of course, the factor of who is ‘on’ Twitter at the time and what time zone in the world is awake and active.
Relationship to other hashtags:
According to hashtagify #Indiebooksbeseen links to the following hashtags and has an important role to play in the promotion of your indie books:
A few more stats:
And on a final note:
I personally think this is a great little hashtag, especially as a lot of time and effort is put into making it so much more. If you are an independent author I would certainly advise you to get involved and make the hashtag reach out that little bit further:
Creator’s twitter account (@marktheshaw) [divider]