Top Ten Tuesday: Authors Who Have a Fun Social Media Presence

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Cellphone with three pieces of paper lying above it. One has a heart, one has a human emoji, and one has a conversation bubble in it. My first impression of this week’s prompt was that it would be an easy one. It turned out to be trickier than I assumed. In my experience, some people misinterpret social media as a place to sell books or draw traffic to one’s latest blog post.

While I love seeing what authors have recently created, having a fun social media account requires effort, creativity, and, most importantly, regularly engaging with your followers. All of the authors I’m about to share do just that. I’d recommend checking out their creative, thought-provoking status updates regardless of what your personal feelings are about poetry, horror, science fiction, or any of the other genres they represent.

This post is divided into two sections: Twitter and Instagram.


N.K. Jemisin

As N.K.’s pinned tweet says:

Please be advised that I only talk here about writing-related topics, which means just politics, media, science, food, charity, cartoons, volcanoes, gardening, space, cats, health care, cats, fanfic, Afrofuturist music, human nature, video gam

And, honestly, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Her Twitter feed is filled with interesting stuff from a wide range of topics.

Chuck Wendig

Chuck is one of the funniest people I follow on Twitter. His timeline is filled with the sorts of random thoughts that most people don’t speak aloud.

Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi’s cat is adorable, and her tweets about the Coronavirus are on point.

Stephen King

Stephen is like that cool uncle everyone hopes will show up at the next family reunion. You never quite know what he’s going to say, but you know it will always be worth listening to.


Rupi Kaur 

Rupi’s poetry melds perfectly with the Instagram aesthetic.

Danez Smith

Danez’s feed is such an eclectic mixture of poetry, writing, selfies, and random pictures from his life.

60 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Authors Who Have a Fun Social Media Presence

  1. I think most big-name authors have realized that Twitter is not a place to just sell books. That being said, if an author is active on social media and I like them, there’s a good chance that I’ll end up buying their books, or at least I will give serious thought about buying their books at some point.

  2. I don’t have twitter, but I’ve read some of Chuck Wendig’s blog posts on writing and he’s so ridiculous. But that made it fun. 🙂

  3. Ah…I finally figured out how to make a comment on your blog. Thanks for visiting mine. It is really hard to follow authors if all they are doing is talking up their books. I like John Green because he uses his celebrity for education on a variety of different topics. My TTT list

  4. I’m proud to say that I already follow some of these people! Like Stephen King, for sure. Also, definitely Chuck Wendig. I love the randomness. You never know what’ll come next. Definitely gonna check out some of these other authors!

  5. Great list, Lydia! The only author I follow on here is Stephen King and I do enjoy his feed. I’ll have to check out some of these other authors. I haven’t read their books yet but they’re on my TBR! I love authors that interact and re-tweet things their fans post/share. Those are my favourite kind of authors on socmed 🙂

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