Author Smarts: Make Hashtags Your Best Posting Friend!

Dr. Judith Briles
3 min readFeb 22, 2022

Hashtags Can Be the Author’s #1 Best Social Media Friend

If you are not using hashtags in your blogs, articles and your social media postings, you are making a major blunder in your searchability when posting on anything social media. Not using hashtags regularly is a major blunder that most authors make. Hashtags increase visibility quickly, opening new channels of opportunity. Just do them.

Author Tip #1: Did you know that reporters. writers. and producers routinely search hashtags to find experts for topics they are writing or reporting on? If you didn’t, you do now.

Author Tips #2: Did you know that topics that are being chatted on Twitter and most social media platforms are discovered quickly via their hashtag usage?

Author Tips #3: If you are an expert and your book is about, or circles around, a trending hashtag, you should be in the game. Use it. Coattail on it by including the trending hashtag in what you are currently posting. Become a voice in the “trending topic” scene — whether it’s for 10 minutes or 10 hours.

Author Tips #4: Create your own for special events, i.e., for my annual cruise, we posted throughout our workshops with #PubAtSea2022. That way, we could follow ahas and tidbits those attending posted.

Author Tips #5: Discover what hashtags are used the most in your expertise and genre. Use them in your postings to increase your visibility with others who may not know of you or your social media platforms. Go to and explore.

Author Tips #6: Don’t forget YOU … use your name as a hashtag as well. I registered #JudithBriles on Suggest you do, too.

There you have … a mini-gooser on the power of hashtags. Twitter started it. Others followed. Get in the habit of using them for building your influence PLUS bringing more eyes to you and your expertise.

Dr. Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and coach. Often, she must roll up her writing sleeves and become a Book Doctor, juicing up storylines and author words. She empowers authors and works directly with authors who want to be seriously successful and has been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the ’80s. Judith is the author of 37 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms, Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers, and How to Create a $1,000,000 Speech. Her personal memoir When God Says NO-Revealing the YES When Adversity and Loss Are Present is a #1 bestseller on Amazon. Collectively, her books have earned over 45 book awards. Judith speaks throughout the year at publishing conferences.

Throughout the year, she holds Judith Briles Book Unplugged in-person and online experiences: Publishing, Speaking, Marketing, and Social Media. All are two-day intensives limited to a small group of authors who want to be seriously successful. Join Judith live for the “AuthorU-Your Guide to Book Publishing” podcast on the Toginet Radio Network HERE.

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Dr. Judith Briles

Dr. Judith Briles is a book publishing and book marketing expert. She is a recipient of 47 national book awards, author of 37 books. Known as The Book Shepherd.