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Which YA #specfic author is dominating Twitter? It’s not who you think…

Welcome to our first Author Branding Spotlight. These posts will highlight authors who are doing something right. These are the authors we’ve discovered and enjoy, not always the obvious ones at the top of Google’s list of “most successful”. Nobody is perfect, and numbers are not the only indicator of “success”. Dear author, do not compare yourself with these lovely people. They are your comrades. Not your idols, to be put on pedestals. Not your enemies, at whom to throw darts. They are colleagues. Fellow travelers on the writing road. And without further ado…

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Maggie Stiefvater published her first novel, Lament, in 2008 (per Wikipedia). She’s what I call new blood: authors who were first published after 2005. Twitter launched in 2006, just to offer some context.

I first encountered Maggie when someone recommended her YA werewolf novel Shiver. It was good. So good. In fact, Shiver spent more than 40 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. But we’re not here to celebrate Maggie’s traditional publishing creds. We’re here because…

Her tweets make us smile

When asked why certain pages in one of her books were misnumbered (“The pages skip from 186 to 219 and then 230 to 219. Can you explain this?”), Maggie replied:

And then there’s the time her car died at night and she was waiting for a tow truck…

Or when she revealed that she actually had a fireproof racing suit (note the flip-flops on her feet).

And she proceeded to race with it!

That special moment when you fall in love (with an author, I mean!)

But the tweet that made me fall head over heels for her was when she shared this YouTube video, answering the question that had been on my mind since I first “met” her (yeah, haven’t actually met her, folks, it’s the illusion of closeness that social media provides):

Personality, folks. It’s not just for breakfast anymore.

And yes, I mean even your personality. Admittedly, some of us need professional help to discover what elements of our mundane lives might have this kind of potential (that’s why folks like Lisa England exist). But think about this for a moment: Maggie doesn’t just have ONE thing that stands out. She’s a mishmash of fascinating things.

She plays musical instruments (including bagpipes!) and writes songs to go with her books. She’s an artist. She has a thing for cars, or at least this one car. And fans LOVE IT ALL. If you click through her tweets, you’ll see people engaging with her all the time.

She might not have the highest numbers, but she’s dominating

Do you know another author that makes you smile whenever you see their tweets or Facebook posts? Share about them in the comments below. Maggie isn’t the only one, and so far as numbers go, I’m sure she’s not the “top”. That’s why I said in the title of this post, “It’s not who you think.” She’s top in my book, because she’s one of MY favorites. So who are yours?

Afterthoughts…

In researching this post, I came across a couple of lists of YA authors who are rocking social media: The Best Children’s and YA Authors for Teachers to Follow on Twitter, Facebook and Beyond (not just for teachers!) and 15 YA AUTHORS YOU NEED TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER. Check them out and see how they’re doing it.

Photo credit: Our new Author Branding Spotlight graphic incorporates a photo by Mark Fischer

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3 Responses to Which YA #specfic author is dominating Twitter? It’s not who you think…

  1. Thea van Diepen October 15, 2015 at 8:52 am #

    Maggie Stiefvater is awesome 😀

    Another author who’s super fun to follow on Twitter is Maureen Johnson. While (or a day or so after?) Maggie Steifvater and John Green had their race in which Maggie won and John’s car caught on fire twice, Nerd Con happened, during which Hank Green stole Maureen Johnson’s potato. Which was apparently a big deal.

    I was delighted, entertained, and not the least bit surprised. My thoughts reading all these tweets as the events unfolded were “Of course they would. This is *exactly* what they would do” and “I can’t believe this is happening in real life” 😀

    • #SpecFicCollective October 15, 2015 at 4:30 pm #

      Cute! I’ll check Maureen out. Isn’t it fun when we find authors whose shenanigans are so relatable? Love it.

  2. #SpecFicCollective October 15, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

    And then there’s this post Maggie did, answering her car nerd followers’ questions…

    “This is a very long story. This is a long story about fire. It begins months ago when I decided to sell the Datsun that I hated and use the proceeds to put a new engine and turbo in my Evo, and was then challenged to a race with John Green via Twitter…. Why? is the question everyone asks me. Why has your car caught on fire, why did John Green set his car on fire, why is everything fire?” Read the whole story…

    And there’s the tweets she sent after writing it…

    “There is an article going around Twitter about how hot male children’s book illustrators are and I refuse to link or comment. I WILL NOT.”

    “I’m just going to say that if we’re talking hot authors, the two authors who were actually on fire this month split the gender divide.”

    “No, see, it’s funny because we both set our cars on fire.”

    “GET IT FIRE IS HOT GET IT”

    “why is twitter so hard”

    Hee hee. Isn’t she cute?

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