Hey friends! It's been a good long while since I shared my recommendations for who to follow on social media. Way back when this blog was just beginning, I thought that the best way to do that was to list everyone I was following. But you know what? All anyone would have to do if they wanted to see that is look at who I'm following on my profiles. (And you can do that if you'd like to!)
So instead, I'm going to share a handful of recommendations from each social media platform I'm on: the people I most enjoy following and why. This was hard to narrow down on some platforms, so if I follow you and I didn't list you here, please feel free to promote yourself in the comments! I have a lot of people I'm friendly with online--after all, social media is most of my chronically ill social life. For now, check these people out!
Recently, I decided for the sake of time to cut my Facebook use way back. These days, other social media platforms are more popular, interesting, and helpful. So on Facebook right now, I pretty much just follow people I know IRL and local news. I do have one recommendation from the platform, though:
Whatever social media platform you're on, I recommend following SparkNotes (they're pretty much on every platform) for hilarious and clever content about classic English literature. This famous purveyor of literature study guides does a fantastic job at making social media fun!
In lieu of Facebook, Twitter has become my main social media platform, where I follow all sorts of stuff. However, the focus there for me continues to be on the YA lit world and social justice world, which intersect quite a bit. Here are my recommendations from the Twittersphere:
The one, the only! Karuna is the woman who introduced me to the social justice world, and I don't think I'll ever stop loving her for that. She has two accounts on Twitter: this one, her official account as the author of the MG fantasy The Gauntlet books, and this one, the personal account where she posts most of her awesome stuff about social justice and life as a Muslim woman. Follow them both! She's well worth the attention.
Shannon Hale is the bestselling author of Princess Academy, Austenland, and many other books in a variety of categories and genres. She's earned all my respect through her intelligent tweets about social justice and the book community,. I absolutely recommend following her.
Victoria Schwab is the phenomenal fantasy author of the This Savage Song duology, the Shades of Magic series, and more, and she has become quite popular in recent years. Her Twitter has a lot of great writing-related thoughts and advice!
Eric Smith is both a literary agent and the author of YA books like The Geek's Guide to Dating and Don't Read the Comments. He's definitely a key person in the Twitter book community. Like Shannon Hale, he's earned my respect through the things he posts, and I recommend his account. He seems like a great guy.
Dana is a witty and sarcastic writer who runs a couple of parody accounts I've enjoyed (GuyinYourMFA and DystopianYANovel) and who talks a lot about important pop culture and bookish topics on her own account. Check her out!
C.G. Drews is the author of the YA contemporary novels A Thousand Perfect Notes and The Boy Who Steals Houses, and she's pretty well-known in the bookish community as book blogger PaperFury. She posts lots of fun and accurate things about being a writer and being a reader.
Boze posts a lot of fun and ~aesthetically pleasing~ things about bookish life, including classic English literature, at his two accounts: thelibraryhaunter and thelibraryghost. I recommend following them!
I'm a big supporter of fanfiction and of AO3 in particular, and the tags that people use are often hilarious and clever. So I appreciate this account for sharing some of the best ones out of context!
This (anti-Trump) Twitter chatbot allows those in the U.S. to easily and quickly communicate with their officials in the Senate, House, and more. I've made use of it a number of times, and I recommend it!
Coffee the Spoonie
If you'd like social justice content that's focused mostly on disabled rights, coffeethespoonie is a key person to follow. She's a chronically ill Jewish person who acts as a leader in the disabled rights Twitter community.
I also follow some LDS accounts on Twitter, most of them on the progressive side. Calvin is my favorite of those, a gay man attending BYU who's faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and who posts a lot about the complex intersection between those things. I find him to be really uplifting as well as informative, and I recommend his account to all LDS people.
I now have two Tumblr accounts: an official account dedicated to bookish things and my original fandom account. As that would indicate, most of what I follow on there is readerly, writerly, and fandom stuff. Here are some of my favorite blogs:
The Scarlet Vision Network
ScarletVision (aka Wanda Maximoff and Vision from Marvel) is my main fandom community, and this is our central hub. If you're into this ship like I am, check it out!
Those Celestial Bodies
Those-celestial-bodies is one of the leaders in the Scarlet Vision community, fantastic at fanart and just generally all-around awesome.
Anon is another leader in the Scarlet Vision community who writes some amazing fanfiction.
Sarcastic Tony Stark
This is by far my favorite ask blog on Tumblr. The author gets MCU Tony Stark just right, and he's very supportive of his fans. If you're a MCU fan, I recommend this Tumblr!
Dana posts a lot of different stuff that I like with no particular theme, in the tradition of Tumblr, but she does have a great deal of bookish content in particular.
Rai Swanson's writeblr has all the usual content: writing humor, writing advice, some stuff related to her books, and some encouragement for other writers she likes.
Like Rai, this blogger runs a writeblr with lots of advice for writers and plenty of writing humor.
English Major Humor
This blog is exactly what it sounds like: literary humor of all types, in the vein of SparkNotes.
Gr8 Writing Tips
This hilarious Tumblr posts truly terrible writing advice that somehow captures the essence of being a writer.
AO3 Tag of the Day
Yep, we're back to the AO3 thing. Hey, fanfiction is writing, and many of these posts are not just funny and clever, but also a #mood. So follow ao3tagoftheday on Tumblr now!
S*** My Students Write
A classic favorite of mine, this Tumblr shares the stupid and ridiculous things that college students sometimes write in their papers. It's a really good blog if you're looking for a laugh.
S*** Academics Say
Another topic that's somewhat tangential to writing: this Tumblr blog shares funny and relatable things said by those who are in grad school or who teach at the college level. Academia has its moments!
On Goodreads, I pretty much follow people I know, authors I love, and anyone who requests to be friends, so long as they have a decent amount of YA lit on their shelves. I have a handful of recommendations for people to follow:
Jessica Day George
Jessica Day George is the children's/YA fantasy author of the Castle Glower series, the Dragon Slippers series, and more. I admire her ability to write short, upbeat, and intelligent reviews of all the books she reads--and she reads a pretty wide variety.
Rachel (APCB Reviews)
Rachel has some well-organized shelves full of YA books separated by release year, which I appreciate. Our tastes are fairly similar.
Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
Like Rachel, these girls have their YA books organized by release year, and our tastes match decently well.
On Pinterest, I follow specific boards, rather than people's entire profiles, so we're skipping the recommendations.
I'm still settling in on Instagram--I wish we could mute certain tags like on Tumblr. For now, I'm following lots of fan artists, bookish merch companies, and bookstagrams. Here are my recommendations:
Paola Pieretti isn't a fan artist, per se, but she does a lot of character portrait commissions. (There are many more on her DeviantArt). I love her beautiful, soft yet vibrant style. I think I'd like to commission her someday for my own characters, once I'm published!
Megan Lara is an incredible fan artist of all kinds of pop culture who works in the art noveau style, which is a favorite of mine.
Salome Totladze is one of the leaders in the YA fanart world, with a sharp and fantastical style that is much admired.
Kat Adara is another leading YA fan artist and the official illustrator of The Lunar Chronicles--she does amazing work!
Yet another leader in the YA fanart community, Diana Dworak has a beautiful, sleek style that she ofter uses in tarot card-style illustrations.
Tara Spruit, known more commonly as taratjah, is a popular YA/pop culture fan artists, with soft and beautiful drawings that I much admire.
Jo Painter has a slightly more realistic style and has created many of my favorite YA fanarts, for the Shatter Me series, the Grishaverse, Children of Blood and Bone, and more.
My Book Features
This bookstagram takes the best pictures they're tagged in and shares them, which means you get some of the best bookstagram pics all in one feed!
Emily has a running comic in which she, a Slytherin, deals with being a background character in the Harry Potter books. It's hilarious.
That's it! That's the post! Tell me who you recommend following on social media, and I'll be back next week with dos and don'ts in reader/author and agent/author interactions.
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