Twitter Chats for Writers: How to Get Started by @MelissaFlicks

Are you looking to get more engagement on Twitter? Why not join a Twitter Chat? They are fun, a great way to boost your followers, and it’s super easy! There are a lot of chats each week; simply choose a few (or one, to start with).

Twitter Chat for Writers How to get started @MelissaFlicks Melissa Flickinger @badredheadmedia BadRedheadMedia Rachel Thompson Social Media

Where to find Twitter chats: has a huge list where you can easily search by categories such as topic or time. is another site where you can search through thousands of current and upcoming chats.

Here are a few chats I recommend to start with:

#BookMarketingChat – Hosted by @BadRedHeadMedia and co-hosted by yours truly (@MelissaFlicks) every Wednesday 6pm pst/9pm EST.

Learn numerous ways to market your books and it costs you nothing but an hour

~ Rachel Thompson #BookMarketingChat

Twitter Chats for Writers: How to Get Started by @MelissaFlicks. BookMarketingChat, Melissa Flicks, @MelissaFlicks, @BadRedHeadMedia, BadRedhead Media, Rachel Thompson, Book Marketing, Writing, publishing

Read more & share:

How Can #BookMarketingChat Help You Sell More Books? via @BadRedheadMedia #authors  

#StoryDam -Chat about writing stories Thursday’s 8-9pm EST. @StoryDam

#K8Chat–  A publishing related chat where topics relevant to readers and authors are discussed; Thursdays 9-10pm EST. @K8Tilton

#LitChat -book-lovers chat about reading, writing and publishing each Monday 4-5pm EST.

How to Join Twitter Chats:

I recommend using or Pick one of these sites, login with your Twitter account, and enter the Twitter Chat hashtag. Both will automatically add the hashtags to your tweets and make the chat stream easy to follow along. I personally prefer TweetChat, but sometimes it’s good to switch it up when the stream is slow-moving. You can always join in directly from your Twitter profile, just remember to add the hashtag so everyone can see your tweets.

Here is a fantastic guide from Buffer to get you started: Twitter Chats 101: A Step-by-Step Guide To Hosting or Joining a Twitter Chat

10-Tips-for-Twitter-Chats via Buffer BadRedhead Media @BufferChat @BadRedheadMedia

Want to Host Your Own Twitter Chat? 

That’s easy too! Head over to and register the hashtag for your new Twitter Chat. Choose a time, day (or days) of the week, and your topic. Be sure to be consistent with your chats so people can plan to participate. The more participants, the better the conversation! Weekly works best.

#BufferChat suggests one way to get your participants engaged and ready for a great chat is to create a list of questions based on the topic for your upcoming chat and share them on social media. (Yes, another tip from Buffer – I just LOVE their blog!) Putting the questions out there prior to the chat allows your participants to think about the questions – which leads to a more active chat. Post the question list as both a visual and as plain text to ensure everyone will be able to view it.

Be sure to keep an eye out for #BookMarketingChat ‘s list of questions for our upcoming chat this Wednesday 6pm PST/ 9pm EST. We’ll see you there!






  1. carol hedges (@carolJhedges) on September 4, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    These are great fun! I’m on several UK writing group ones. Can I also give a ‘shout-out’ for TV and radio fanchats! I’m on #thearchers (For US people a popular daily radio soap). The GOOD thing is you mix with non-writers, who then become your readers as they interact with you coz you’re sharing a love of the same thing. I’d say a LOT of my sales come from #thearchers tweetalong.. I know Big Bang has one..and prob every good US programme too. It’s an instant way of connecting and gets you out of the ‘writer-pit’of only mixing with writers

  2. Kate Tilton on September 5, 2016 at 7:09 am

    I adore Twitter chats! It’s a great way to connect with people who have similar interests and to learn more about a bunch of different things. Thank you Melissa for the #K8chat love! 🙂 I’d love to see more Bad Redhead readers on the chat!

  3. August McLaughlin on September 5, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Great info! I love Twitter chats. They’re not only fun, but helped me “get” Twitter.

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    Post the question list as both a visual and as plain text to ensure everyone will be able to view it.

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