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Hashtag Hoedown

A hoedown is a social gathering where a lot of dancing takes place. Actually, a lot of lively dancing takes place at a hoedown. Pretty much everyone participating is giving all of their energy to keep up with the others on the dance floor.
Some people believe the more hashtags the merrier on a Twitter post. That is far from the truth. The rule of thumb is no more than three hashtags on a tweet. Otherwise, Twitter will consider your tweet spam and treat it accordingly.
As authors, we want our tweets to get the widest audience possible. Therefore, we search for and use hashtags that will get them noticed. The idea of paring down all the possibilities into a mere three hashtags is abhorrent to us. How can we discover new readers when we’re limited in the places we can reach?
What you can do is evaluate how you’re using those hashtags. Most authors tweet their books multiple times a day. Don’t use the same hashtags on each tweet. Mix and match, in order to get the best distribution.
Another thing you can do is decide which hashtags give you the best exposure. Groups like romance, fantasy, and science fiction are huge. Your tweet is likely to be lost in the wave of daily tweets being sent out. Instead of going for the obvious hashtag to identify your book, seek ones that are less popular. You’ll soon find people are retweeting your work and it’s getting noticed.
The secret to using hashtags is keep them to a minimum. Don’t confuse people with a tweet that’s mostly hashtags. Give them a real teaser from your book
About the K.C. Sprayberry
Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond. 

She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.
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