25 Top Authors on Twitter to Follow and Learn From

25 Top Authors on Twitter to Follow and Learn From offers a list of 25 popular authors found on Twitter to give new authors examples and ideas of what to tweet about.

Twitter is a great place for authors to connect with fellow authors, readers and reviewers and because of this authors are often advised to connect with people on Twitter as part of building their author platform.

But to authors new to social media, or new to Twitter, this can be a bit intimidating. It’s hard to imagine how you can communicate and connect with people a 140 characters at a time, right?

So today, I thought I’d show you some examples of famous authors who are successfully using Twitter.

Authors to Follow on Twitter

In no particular order here are 25 popular authors on Twitter:

  1. Author: Teju Cole
    @tejucole
    Followers: 179K
    Following: 981
    # of Tweets: 13.3K
    # of Photos or Videos Shared: 1,035
    Joined: October 2009
  2. Author: Joyce Carol Oates
    @JoyceCarolOates
    Followers: 116K
    Following: 72
    # of Tweets: 11K
    # of Photos or Videos Shared: 157
    Joined: September 2012
  3. Author: Paulo Coelho
    @paulocoelho
    Followers: 9.87M
    Following: 198
    # of Tweets: 29.1K
    # of Photos or Videos Shared: 3,737
    Joined: April 2007
  4. Author: Salman Rushdie
    @SalmanRushdie
    Followers: 934K
    Following: 503
    # of Tweets: 2,927
    # of Photos or Videos Shared: 51
    Joined: September 2011
  5. Author: Jackie Collins
    @jackiejcollins
    Followers: 140K
    Following: 381
    # of Tweets: 20.9
    # of Photos or Videos Shared: 410
    Joined: April 2009
  6. Author: Sloane Crosley
    @askanyone
    Followers: 81.1K
    Following: 183
    # of Tweets: 3,210
    # of Photos or Videos Shared: 149
    Joined: March 2009
  7. Author: Alain de Botton
    @alaindebotton
    Followers: 494K
    Following: 557
    # of Tweets: 1,311
    # of Photos or Videos Shared: 215
    Joined: February 2009
  8. Author: Anthony Bourdain
    @Bourdain
    Followers: 2.02M
    Following: 557
    # of Tweets: 11.2K
    # of Photos or Videos Shared: 1,018
    Joined: April 2008
  9. Author: Margaret E. Atwood
    @MargaretAtwood
    Followers: 653K
    Following: 1,051
    # of Tweets: 25.6K
    # of Photos or Videos Shared: 349
    Joined: July 2009
  10. Author: Ian Rankin
    @Beathhigh
    Followers: 83.8K
    Following: 1,149
    # of Tweets: 45.2K
    # of Photos or Videos Shared: 900
    Joined: May 2009
  11. Author: Neil Gaiman
    @neilhimself
    Followers: 2.17M
    Following: 821
    # of Tweets: 80.1K
    # of Photos or Videos Shared: 1,518
    Joined: December 2008
  12. Author: Nicholas Sparks
    @NicholasSparks
    Followers: 456K
    Following: 200
    # of Tweets: 6,903
    # of Photos or Videos Shared: 335
    Joined: February 2010
  13. Author: Bryan Lee O’Malley
    @radiomaru
    Followers: 95.8K
    Following: 299
    # of Tweets: 41.3K
    # of Photos or Videos Shared: 1,273
    Joined: June 2008
  14. Author: Chuck Palahniuk
    @chuckpalahniuk
    Followers: 526K
    Following: 112
    # of Tweets: 5,879
    # of Photos or Videos Shared: 355
    Joined: January 2009
  15. Author: E L James
    @E_L_James
    Followers: 735K
    Following: 436
    # of Tweets: 38.4K
    # of Photos or Videos Shared: 1,087
    Joined: January 2011
  16. Author: Jennifer Weiner
    @jenniferweiner
    Followers: 107K
    Following: 1,803
    # of Tweets: 21.8K
    # of Photos or Videos Shared: 330
    Joined: April 2009
  17. Author: R.L. Stine
    @RL_Stine
    Followers: 147K
    Following: 95
    # of Tweets: 19.7K
    # of Photos or Videos Shared: 253
    Joined: December 2009
  18. Author: Meg Cabot
    @megcabot
    Followers: 234K
    Following: 29.2K
    # of Tweets: 4,290
    # of Photos or Videos Shared: 391
    Joined: December 2008
  19. Author: sarahdessen
    @sarahdessen
    Followers: 253K
    Following: 295
    # of Tweets: 43.1K
    # of Photos or Videos Shared: 1,473
    Joined: July 2008
  20. Author: Maureen Johnson
    @maureenjohnson
    Followers: 112K
    Following: 762
    # of Tweets: 83.9
    # of Photos or Videos Shared: 2,572
    Joined: June 2008
  21. Author: Eve Mayer
    @LinkedInQueen
    Followers: 95.3K
    Following: 94.1K
    # of Tweets: 31.5K
    # of Photos or Videos Shared: 436
    Joined: May 2009
  22. Author: James Patterson
    @JP_Books
    Followers: 69.1K
    Following: 2,761
    # of Tweets: 2,415
    # of Photos or Videos Shared: 103
    Joined: August 2010
  23. Author: Jodi Picoult
    @jodipicoult
    Followers: 103K
    Following: 193
    # of Tweets: 10.2K
    # of Photos or Videos Shared: 148
    Joined: April 2009
  24. Author: Anne Rice
    @AnneRiceAuthor
    Followers: 93.7K
    Following: 100
    # of Tweets: 13.6K
    # of Photos or Videos Shared: 247
    Joined: March 2009
  25. Author: Rick Riordan
    @camphalfblood
    Followers: 359K
    Following: 15
    # of Tweets: 5,869
    # of Photos or Videos Shared: 421
    Joined: January 2009

So? What Can We Learn?

Some of these authors will be familiar to you for their books and a few of these names will be familiar because they’ve made the news for other connections or reasons.

I encourage you to explore these accounts on Twitter. See what they’re tweeting about and how often they’re tweeting. How often are they interacting with others? How often are they promoting other people and not just themselves? What are the photos and videos they’re sharing? Who are they following?

Note how many of the authors use their own names as their Twitter account names. This is an example of branding.

Let me know if you reach any conclusions, or have any questions, in the comments.

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