Twitter and the Publishing Industry: Who to Follow to Read All About It

Thanks to Janet Goldstein, I’ve been using Twitter since March of 2009 . While I was definitely behind the times, especially as the microblogging site had been living online since 2006, I was on-time to witness the transformation of the publishing industry, as publishers, publicists, editors and other industry practitioners carved space on the platform to share words of wisdom of 140-characters or less. While not all who are on Twitter embrace it, there are some members of the literati who may as well claim Twitter as their permanent residence.

10 Publishing Tweeps to Keep an Eye On

  1. New York Public Library (@NYPL) – Want to support libraries? Follow the NYPL on Twitter to learn about events, get library news, and even to ask a specific question of one of their many librarians.
  2. Simon & Schuster (@simonschuster) – Simon & Schuster constantly tweets author news with amazing opportunities to enter contests.
  3. Publishing Talk (@publishingtalk) – For authors and industry tweeps interested in social media beyond just a Twitter profile, this is the feed to follow.
  4. Little Brown (@littlebrown) – One of the great imprints of Hachette Book Group, Little Brown also has something interesting to tweet about (one expects this and nothing less from the publisher of the great and hilarious David Sedaris).
  5. Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) – For those who love his books, or his work in film/TV, Fry’s Twitter will not disappoint.
  6. Alfred A. Knopf (@aaknopf) – This Random House imprint keeps quality consistent in its helpful industry and author tweets.
  7. Publishers Weekly (@PublishersWkly) – Most, if not all, publishing people read PW, and now, the industry news is pushed out beyond the website and print publication, through their informative and well-maintained Twitter feed.
  8. Galley Cat (@galleycat) – Like PW, Galley Cat pushes out publishing quick wit on Twitter that can also be found through Mediabistro.
  9. Seth Godin (@thisissethsblog) – Just because he won’t follow you, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t follow him. Seth Godin balances humor and intelligence through his Twitter feed, which pushes his blog posts as they are published.
  10. New York Times Books (@nytimesbooks) – Looking for a book recommendation from someone who isn’t working on the actual book? Follow this feed to get suggestions from some well-respected members of the literati.
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