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10 Great Authors Worth Following On Twitter

I love Twitter.

Twitter is seriously my one-stop shop for news, book reviews, entertainment, and sports. (Follow me @robertbruce76).

It’s so much more useful and practical than Facebook and even going straight to a news source.

I follow quite a few authors and book publishers on Twitter. And I’m not sure how many of you are on Twitter, but for those interested, I thought I’d share some of the more notable authors I follow. You might want to follow them yourself.

Margaret Atwood. I started following Atwood after I read The Blind Assassin. She’s great. She’s just great.

William Gibson. I don’t like his style and genre of writing, but he’s not a bad follow. He retweets a lot of geeky technology stuff, if you’re into that. Also, funny stuff too. The below example obviously isn’t his tweet, but it’s an example of one of his frequent retweets.

Neil Gaiman. He’s got nearly 2 million followers and has a lot of great info in his tweets. He does tweet A LOT, though, and he retweets a lot as well.

Joyce Carol Oates: I started following Joyce Carol Oates after Laura Frey retweeted the below brilliant triumvirate of tweets that JCO wrote. She’s a great follow.

Judy Blume. Why not? She doesn’t tweet that often, and she’s Judy Blume!

Paulo Coelho: He’s only, like, one of the most popular authors on the internet. And he has a gajillion followers. He has inspiring tweets and bilingual tweets!

Chuck Palahniuk: It’s verified, but he doesn’t actually tweet himself. His webmaster handles that.

Salman Rushdie: Doesn’t tweet that often. But when he does, he’s, not surprisingly, opinionated. And politics.

Bret Easton Ellis: He’s regularly involved on Twitter, and he disliked the Gatsby movie. Boo! Wouldn’t you love to see him and Joyce Carol Oates discuss it?

Would you recommend any other follows on Twitter?

(Image: Wikimedia Commons)

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  1. You should follow Judy’s lead and watch “Friday Night Lights”

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    May 22, 2013
  2. peachyperspectivve #

    You can’t get enough of Judy Blume.

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    May 22, 2013
  3. Thanks for the shout out 🙂 These are all really good… let’s see who else I follow…How about @WelshIrvine, @realjohngreen, @jenniferweiner (don’t like her books, but excellent tweets, if you can ignore The Bachelor stuff) and @LizzieWurtzel (mostly for the lols,) Canadian icon @DougCoupland and of course my hometown’s @kellyoxford. I follow lots of local authors too.

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    May 22, 2013
    • Great suggestions! And thanks again for the tip.

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      May 22, 2013
  4. Atwood is by far my favorite!

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    May 22, 2013
  5. normapadro #

    Hello. I haven’t read any books lately. I’m just looking around to see what else is new. 🙂

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    May 22, 2013
  6. Reblogged this on The Planetary Highway.

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    May 22, 2013
  7. Love twitter as it makes me feel young and hip. Curious though. Does a twitter feed mean you are a published author? My feed, @gregstreech , makes the case against.

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    May 22, 2013
    • A Twitter feed means you are a published tweeter.

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      May 22, 2013
  8. Kshitij Rawat #

    Joe Abercrombie! Funny tweets and if you haven’t read his work, now’s the time!

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    May 22, 2013
  9. Also John Grisham’s there too. I’m glad to know E.L James didn’t figure anywnere on your list. Just glad 😛

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    May 22, 2013
  10. Great post. I’m always looking for new authors to follow so I can keep up on everything literary. It looks like you’ve forgotten Christopher Moore. As a humorous author he always has interesting things to say.

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    May 22, 2013
  11. I’ve never read any of her books, but Maureen Johnson is pretty funny. I also follow Gretchen Rubin for quotes on happiness. You already have one of my favorites, Joyce Carol Oates on your list. I love her interactions with Steve Martin, which led me to her tweets. I will follow some of your suggestions.

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    May 22, 2013
  12. Thank you so much for this post! Been using Twitter for ages now (@jnnrflknr) and some days feel like I need more content and inspiration xo

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    May 22, 2013
  13. LClark #

    Suddenly, I’m 13 again with my nose in a Judy Blume paperback. I’m heading over to the used book store to buy every Judy Blume book I can find. A reread at 48 should be interesting!
    I love twitter too (@runmesomemore)

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    May 22, 2013
  14. Though I don’t think he’ll be getting a blue check mark any time soon, I must add Chaucer Doth Tweet (@LeVostreGC) for this tweet alone: https://twitter.com/LeVostreGC/status/337406548869525504

    “2 Faste 2 Furious 2 The Lightehouse”

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    May 22, 2013
  15. Even though,as you’ll see from my gravatar,I’m clearly a bird,I don’t tweet.After reading your post though,it seems ssential it is nowadays for authors to engage potential readers,and reach their fans,via social media.

    And yet,would that distract me if I were a writer?And,as a reader,would I end up with too many book recommendations?
    Thought provoking post.Thank you!

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    May 23, 2013
  16. Holy crap, I had to unfollow Bret Easton Ellis. He is so snively and narcissistic. Ugh.

    I would recommend John and Hank Green (@realjohngreen and @hankgreen), and John Scalzi (@scalzi). They are great tweeters, and they all have fantastic blogs, too.

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    May 23, 2013
    • Bret Easton Ellis is narcissistic? Never!!

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      May 23, 2013
  17. Thanks for helping weed through to find the Twitter gems!

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    May 23, 2013
  18. I had Margaret Atwood follow me back and nearly died of joy. Didn’t realise Joe Abercrombie and Paulo Coelho are on Twitter – definitely got to follow them!

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    May 26, 2013
  19. highschooledumacation #

    Reblogged this on High School Edumacation.

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    May 26, 2013
  20. These are definitely great people to follow. Another one worth following is Jodi Picoult. Her Tweets are very real and she uses Twitter to communicate with her followers, rather than to just advertise.

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    May 26, 2013
  21. xrunningaround #

    Reblogged this on Summer Reading Adventures and commented:
    I have never even attempted to create a Twitter. I despise it. However, this post may change my mind on that one.

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    May 30, 2013
  22. Lisa #

    Neil Gaiman… Swoon! Sure, he’s scruffy but he’s damned brilliant. But mostly I just follow him because I have a crush. And one time he answered me! Oh, frabjous day…

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    May 31, 2013

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