While some writers avoid Twitter (we’re not naming names, Jonathan Franzen), others have embraced the social media site. Among the countless tweet-savvy authors out there, here are 10 who use the platform to its full advantage.
Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself). With close to 2 million followers, Gaiman is among the most popular authors on Twitter. He understands how the platform works, and he responds to (and retweets) a huge amount of his fans.
John Green (@realjohngreen). This YA superstar is close behind Gaiman in popularity, with 1.8 million followers. Whether he’s retweeting fans, posting links to his vlog (video blog), or offering sage advice, Green adds warmth and wit to any Twitter feed.
Margaret Atwood (@MargaretAtwood). Though 75, Atwood has embraced social media. She tweets constantly, informing her followers about her travels and sharing links to interesting articles. And she’s got a great sense of humor.
Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho). Always ready with words of wisdom, Coelho tweets—in both English and Spanish—to more than 8 million followers. Follow his account and you’ll see at least one inspiring gem from this cherished author every day.
Maureen Johnson (@maureenjohnson). Another YA author, Johnson tweets with a voice all her own. Whether recounting weird experiences at the Post Office or mishaps with her new puppy, she’ll keep you laughing.
Joe Hill (@joe_hill). He may be Stephen King’s son, but Joe Hill needed no coattails on his way to becoming a bestselling author: His writing is that compelling. He’s also extremely active—and interactive—on Twitter.
Chuck Klosterman (@CKlosterman). This pop-culture guru keeps followers entertained with tweets that are both hilarious and informative.
R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine). This master-of-all-things-creepy has a simple bio that says it all: “My job: To terrify kids.” But have no fear: His tweets aren’t particularly scary, so no need to leave the lights on.
Jodi Picoult (@jodipicoult). Picoult’s Twitter feed offers a nice snapshot of the beloved author’s day-to-day life.
And a warm welcome to the newest author to join Twitter, Stephen King (@stephenking)!