I feel like I miss out on a lot of authors’ online presence because I’m not active on Twitter. I have an account, but never really got into the platform in general so I rarely look at it. Instead, I tend to follow the authors that I like on Facebook and Instagram, but it doesn’t really feel like the same kind of presence that a lot of authors seem to have on Twitter. I also tend to find that a lot of authors seem to fall into some kind of Twitter controversy at some point. I think social media is such a great way for authors to connect with their readers and it feels much more personal than just seeing updates about their books and upcoming releases, but it can also be harder to separate the author from their work. So many author seem to get embroiled in some kind of social media controversy or criticized about negative behaviour toward fans. I found it really hard to find authors that had a memorable enough presence for me to really think of for this week’s topic, but there were a few that really jumped out! Even though Twitter is not the platform I use most, it’s the one I decided to focus on here because it’s where I tend to get the strongest sense of an author’s social media presence.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
1) Victoria Schwab (@veschwab on Twitter)
Victoria Schwab was the one author who immediately jumped to mind when I saw this week’s topic, because she is the one that I most strongly notice having a “presence” on my social media. Her posts are just so funny, and I love how much she comments on the writing process. Even though I’m not a writer, so many of her posts are so relatable to me, and I always look forward to seeing them.
2) Mara Wilson (@MaraWilson on Twitter)
I guess it’s somewhat debatable if you could consider Mara Wilson an author, although she does have a published autobiography and used to blog quite a bit, which seems to have now switched over to a subscription service instead. Mara Wilson’s tweets were one of the main reasons I kept going back to my Twitter feed because I loved her humour.
3) Jay Kristoff (@misterkristoff on Twitter)
I follow Jay Kristoff on a few platforms, but I think Instagram is where I see his posts most often. I like how actively engaged he seems to be with his fanbase, especially by frequently posting fanart of characters from his books. I have to say that it does bug me a bit how much his feeds tend to feature special editions or exclusives (ie. the Memento novella), but that’s mostly because I’m jealous that I can’t get them!
4) J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling on Twitter)
This is a controversial one because she’s made some questionable posts in the past, but I enjoy J.K. Rowling’s feed for the fun facts she’s added about the Harry Potter universe, even if some of them are a bit weird/unnecessary (ie. the Hogwarts plumbing situation). I haven’t really followed her lately because her feed has become too political for me, but she is definitely someone I would look for when I first started on Twitter.
5) Laini Taylor (@lainitaylor on Twitter)
I only recently started following Laini Taylor on Twitter, after noticing a few very funny Tweets! I especially love her posts about her own love of reading, and when she shares funny stories about her daughter. I don’t think I’ve followed her long enough to really consider her the strongest presence in my feed yet, but her posts have been a lot of fun to read.
6) Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater on Twitter)
Many of Maggie Stiefvater’s Tweets also come up for me on Facebook so she’s been much easier for me to follow than many of the others listed here. It seems that my love of her writing style even extends to her Tweets, because I love her sense of humour and her commentary on her own books/characters.
7) C.G. Drews (@PaperFury on Twitter)
I technically haven’t read either of C.G. Drews’ books yet, but I’m very interested in reading both of them and I have followed her blog for a few years now. I usually see her posts on other platforms rather than Twitter, but I love her quirky sense of humour. Her personality seems to come through so strongly in her posts, and I always look out for them.
8) Noelle Stevenson (@Gingerhazing on Twitter)
This is another account that I just started following, and I’m actually surprised I haven’t been following her social media for a while given how much I love her graphic novels! Noelle Stevenson’s feed is still too new to me to really have a strong presence yet, but she is someone I can definitely see looking out for more often.
9) Seanan McGuire (@seananmcguire on Twitter)
Seanan McGuire is a recent favourite author because of her Wayward Children series, and I’ve been hearing for a while that she’s a great social media presence as well. She’s another account that I’ve only just started to follow, but even within the first few minutes of checking out her Tweets, chronicling her commentary about a flights she was taking, I was hooked.
10) Anna-Marie McLemore (@LaAnnaMarie on Twitter)
This is yet another account that I’ve only just started following. I’ve only read one of their books so far and didn’t quite love it as much as I’d expected, although I’m planning to read more soon. Anna-Marie McLemore’s personality really seems to shine through on their Tweets, and I also love how actively they seem to promote other books and authors.
Kristoff and Drews made my list, too! I so recommend C.G. Drews’ books. A Thousand Perfect Notes tore my feels out and stomped on them. Repeatedly. But it was worth it. Oh, I completely forgot about VE Schwab! She’s a good one. Great picks!
Here’s my TTT post.
Victoria Schwab was on so many lists this week! People really love her. 🙂
My TTT .