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Get Inspired! 20 Writers to Follow on Twitter

by | Jun 21, 2017

We writers all need community. We all need inspiration.

And, for better or for worse, we need smart strategies for making money, whether through freelance work, books, speaking engagements or by helping others improve their writing.

Twitter is bursting with like-minded writers, authors and entrepreneurs who want to connect and help one another out.

It’s completely worth the time investment to find your tribe on Twitter.

I’ve made it even easier for you: I scoured Twitter to find writers who post the most interesting, helpful, and motivational content in the Twittersphere.

Bonus: I’ve highlighted FREE resources available from each oh-so-generous writer. You can also easily follow all 20 writers included on this handy Twitter list.

1. Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) nonfiction author, publishing industry expert

Jane is an expert with 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. She blogs several times a week about topics relevant to authors and writers.

Jane’s personal passion is to help authors and publishers “make smart decisions in the digital age”.

Follow Jane if you have any interest in publishing, from traditional to self-publishing to hybrid models.

Quick tip: I highly recommend signing up for Jane’s email newsletter

2. Stephanie Chandler (@Steph_Chandler) nonfiction author, marketing and entrepreneurship expert

Stephanie is the founder and CEO of the Nonfiction Authors Association, author of eight books on marketing and on writing nonfiction, blogger and frequent guest speaker.

Stephanie tweets about ways to help authors promote themselves, business strategies for entrepreneurs, publishing and more.

Follow Stephanie if you’re looking for marketing techniques you haven’t already read a million times.

Quick tip: Download Stephanie’s free report “35 Ways to Increase Website Traffic for Authors

3. Dan Blank (@DanBlank) nonfiction author, book marketing expert

Dan is the author of Be the Gateway: A Practical Guide to Sharing Your Creative Work and Engaging an Audience, geared toward helping creative types connect with an audience.

Dan blogs weekly about book marketing and tweets useful tidbits from his blog and podcast.

Follow Dan if you want to learn how to connect with a broader, business-minded writing community.

Quick tip: Sign up for Dan’s weekly email updates

4. Tim Grahl (@timgrahl) nonfiction author, expert on bestselling book launches

Tim helps authors build their platform, connect with fans and sell more books.

He has worked with more than 100 authors and has helped many become New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post best sellers.

Tim provides practical, actionable book launch advice.

Follow Tim if you’re ready to launch your book the right way.

Quick tip: Tim has several free resources, including a book launch assessment and free book marketing courses and articles

5. Joel Friedlander (@JFbookman) nonfiction author, book design and self-publishing expert

Joel’s background in book design, advertising and graphic design has informed his collection of 700+ authoritative and easy-to-follow articles.

Joel offers real-world advice to build better books, especially for self-published authors. He urges writers to get their work out into the world.

Follow Joel if you’re totally into self-publishing or if you want to geek out on book design.

Quick tip: Get Joel’s free guide: “10 Things You Need to Know About Self-Publishing

6. Mridu Khullar Relph (@mridukhullar) international freelance journalist, nonfiction author and entrepreneur

Mridu is a journalist and author with 700+ bylines who helps writers “find the work, do the work, run the business and live the life”.

Mridu’s blogs and articles describe her personal experiences getting off the ground as a journalist in a way that engages and informs other writers.

Follow Mridu for motivation and go-to advice on building a successful writing career as a journalist, magazine writer or freelancer.

Quick tip: Mridu compiled a list of 70+ publications that pay $1 or more per word, so use it to start your target list today

See Mridu’s writing for The Write Life here

7. Jennie Nash (@jennienash) writer, book coach, author of seven books

Jennie is an author of four novels and three memoirs with 30 years of experience in the world of books.

She is adept at getting “into writers’ heads” and “inspiring them to write something that matters.”

Follow Jennie for advice on book marketing, navigating the publishing industry, success stories and craft.

Quick tip: Check out Jennie’s free resource library. When you sign up for her email list, you’ll receive a free 40-page ebook on how to edit.

See Jennie’s writing for The Write Life here

8. Rachel Bale (@deptofwandering) travel writer, blogger and creator of The Department of Wandering

Rachel was drudging through her 9-5 job while living abroad in Berlin in 2014 when she made the leap to blogging and freelancing.

Rachel’s tweets are primarily for the travel-hungry, but also serve up tips for bloggers.

Follow Rachel for travel inspiration, blogging quick tips and fodder to pursue your writing dreams.

Quick tip: Email subscribers can access the Department of Wandering free library of blogging resources here, including 50+ killer blog title ideas

9. Mignon Fogarty, AKA Grammar Girl (@GrammarGirl) New York Times bestselling author, podcaster and writing/grammar authority

Mignon Fogarty, AKA Grammar Girl, is the founder and managing director of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of eight books on the art of grammar and writing.

Grammar Girl focuses on short, friendly tips to improve your writing.

Follow Grammar Girl if you still don’t know how to use a hyphen or the difference between active and passive voice.

Quick tip: Sign up for Grammar Girl’s free weekly newsletter

10. Michael Hyatt (@MichaelHyatt) New York Times bestselling author, blogger and podcaster focused on intentional leadership

Michael is the former CEO of a publishing company and author of eight books, including the New York Times bestseller, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.

On Twitter, Michael is a “virtual mentor” helping “overwhelmed, high achievers get the clarity, confidence, and tools they need to win at work and succeed at life.”

Follow Michael on Twitter for productivity advice and motivation to kick butt in your career.

Quick tip: As an email subscriber, you will get Michael’s free e-book: “Shave 10 Hours Off Your Workweek”. Click here and see the “Free ebook” sidebar on the right.

11. Joanna Penn (@thecreativepenn) New York Times bestselling thriller author, podcaster, speaker

Joanna has written 21 books and sold over 500,000 copies in 84 countries and five languages.

Her mission is to save writers “time, money and heartache” by sharing content about “writing and creativity, publishing options, book marketing and being a creative entrepreneur.”

Follow Joanna if you want advice from a super successful author.

Quick tip: Get Joanna’s free Author 2.0 blueprint with tips on writing fiction and nonfiction, self-publishing, book marketing and how to make a living with your writing.

12. Mary Kole (@Kid_Lit) author, kidlit expert and former literary agent

Mary is a former literary agent, freelance editor and author of Writing Irresistible Kidlit: The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers.

Mary tweets helpful hints to guide writers on the art of writing for children and young adults.

Follow Mary if kidlit is your jam.

Quick tip: Check out Mary’s curated list of resources for writers

13. Jenny Blake (@jenny_blake) author, speaker, career coach and business strategist

Jenny is an author, coach and speaker who is “fiercely committed to helping people come alive through the pursuit of big ideas”.

Jenny tweets about best practices to move forward with your life and career.

Follow Jenny if you need a kick in the career pants.

Quick tip: Sign up for Jenny’s weekly newsletter or take this quiz to see how flexible/pivot-savvy you really are

14. Carrie S. Nicholson (@carefulcents) blogger who helps freelancers earn money on their terms

Carrie is a blogger who has walked the walk: in 2012, she quit her full-time accounting job to pursue her own business helping freelancers stress less and earn money on their own terms.

Carrie tweets about the latest productivity tools and strategies for freelancers.

Follow Carrie if you are ready to make your freelance dreams a reality.

Quick tip: Sign up for Carrie’s email newsletter and get her free guide to her top 10 productivity tools, and more

See Carrie’s writing for The Write Life here

15. Chuck Sambuchino (@ChuckSambuchino) humor and nonfiction author, former editor for Writers Digest Books

Chuck served for many years as an editor for Writers Digest Books and established himself as an authority on writing and book publishing.

He also has firsthand experience, having written three nonfiction books for writers and two humor books.

Chuck’s tweets help writers get published and market their books.

Follow Chuck if you’re looking for the inside track to book publishing.

Quick tip: see where Chuck will be speaking next

See Chuck’s writing for The Write Life here

16. Amy Porterfield (@AmyPorterfield) marketer and entrepreneur who can help you build your email list, and more

Amy is a marketer, podcaster and creator of bestselling marketing courses.

Amy seeks to help people build an engaged email list and grow their businesses.

Follow Amy if you want to know what’s working now on social media.

Quick tip: choose your free marketing cheat sheet from Amy

17. Joanna Wiebe (@copyhackers) writer and co-creator of Copy Hackers, a site focused on marketing, copywriting and freelancing content

Joanna is a marketer, conversion copywriter and cofounder of Copy Hackers who was recently named one of Forbes’ 17 online marketing influencers to watch.

Joanna tweets resources for marketers, copywriters and freelancers.

Follow Joanna to up your copywriting game.

Quick tip:  Copyhackers offers two free e-books:

The Conversion Marketer’s Guide to Landing Page Copywriting

How to Write Newsletters That Get Opened, Read and Clicked

18. Leah Kalamakis (@theftfp) designer, developer and blogger passionate about helping freelancers and entrepreneurs

Leah is a blogger, developer, designer and entrepreneur who created the Freelance to Freedom Project.

On her blog and on Twitter, Leah shares actionable advice for freelancers and wannabe freelancers who seek control of their careers.

Follow Leah if you’re ready to dive into this whole freelancing thing.

Quick tip: Get Leah’s free freelancer’s toolkit or download Leah’s free effortless website planning toolkit

See Leah’s writing for The Write Life here

19. Sarah Kathleen Peck (@sarahkpeck) writer, blogger, teacher and first-time author

Sarah is a writer whose work has been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, and The Huffington Post.

Sarah publishes weekly essays and teaches digital workshops on yoga, content strategy, thought leadership, marketing and more.

Follow Sarah if you’d relish connecting with another writer and first-time author.

Quick tip: Visit Sarah’s web site for free downloads or subscribe to her personal growth newsletter

20. Jeff Goins (@JeffGoins) bestselling author and creativity expert

Jeff is a full-time writer and creativity expert who has authored You Are a Writer, Real Artists Don’t Starve, and three additional nonfiction books.

Jeff focuses on what it takes to become a bestselling author and how to make a living with your writing.

Follow Jeff for the perfect mashup of writing advice and business sense.

Quick tip: Get Jeff’s free guide to becoming a bestselling author  

Who are your favorite writers on Twitter? Add to the list in the comments!