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Still believe that TikTok is just for teens who share videos of crazy dance routines and challenges to  climb on piles of crates and slap their teachers? Think again. The memeful social media platform has evolved and now has a serious side – a big one. Businesses, coaches, and yes, authors, are finding now taking the TikTok more seriously.

The question for many writers who want to try TikTok out is, “Erm, and what do I do once I’m on there? Dance? Act crazy?” The answer, thankfully, is no. There are so many ways to create content that is engaging and helps you build your author platforms, sell more books, and make a connection with our readers.

We found 21 authors who offer the rest of us not-so-TikTok-savvy writers, clues on how to use this medium successfully. Cue your phones and get ready for an education…

(Note 1: This is in absolutely random order. Note 2: See also how badass these Tiktokers are; their numbers have shot up, by thousands in many cases, since we did the screenshots a few days ago. By the time you read this, they will probably be up again; Three reference points for you. You’re welcome.)

 

 

Jessica Cage
104K Followers | 1.3M Likes

USA Today bestselling author, Jessica Cage, writes fantasy novels featuring strong characters of color: “My dream is to write the stories I grew up loving with characters who look like me. I can remember as a little girl wondering why there were no black vampires, werewolves, and fairies in the stories I read.”

Her TikTok is a celebration of her breakthrough journey and includes updates on her books, insights into how she deals with distractions, and interactions with readers. She also recommended this hand massager which helps her recover from hours of typing.

Quotable: “I didn’t want a man saving her day because I grew up with women who were doing it for themselves.” [watch it]

 

Jessica Cage - Writers on TikTok

@jcageauthor##greenscreenvideo I do it because I love it. ##booktok ##djinnrebellion ##Djinn ##fantasybookseries ##kindleunlimited♬ Legends Are Made – Sam Tinnesz

 

Jessica Cage on TikTok
Jessica Cage author website

 


 

Mariah Ankenman
50.6K Followers | 1.3M Likes

“Speaking of dialogue, how do you make it sound authentic? My dialogue always sounds fake?” asks one follower on Ankenman’s TikTok. She responds with a video advising the use of screenwriting and playwriting craft books as they are heavy on dialogue. The video prompts another one of her followers to comment, “I honestly have not seen anyone on this platform so honest and helpful as you are!!! You are awesome!” Ankenman posts a mix of such responses to questions, behind the scenes takes on her writing life, writing tips, and humorous takes on life.

Quotable: “I know I’m a romance author, but I have a love affair with horror movies.” [watch it]

Mariah Ankenman - Writers on TikTok

 

@mariahankenman##duet with @isaacbramirez hero material! ##ThirstTrap ##Smuttok ##BookBoyfriendsDoItBetter ##SteamyRomance♬ Come & Get It – Selena Gomez

 

Mariah Ankenman TikTok
Mariah Ankenman author website

 


Tamika Christy
71.1K Followers | 750.5K Likes

Christy calls herself a “creative introvert.” Her funny, sometimes goofy, appearances on BookTok would suggest otherwise. She does a lot of audio meme videos – or is that audio mime? She doesn’t often talk about books or writing and uses her TikTok to have fun.

She says of herself; “My novels encourage healthy family dynamics that upend cycles of dysfunction. I am a committed fiction writer who uses my craft to create relatable storylines and genuine characters. I use prose to guide my readers through life’s complexities in a light-hearted way. I’m not a therapist, but I play one in my books. ”

Quotable: “People are always going through something and just a little bit of kindness can make all the difference in someone’s day.” [watch it]
Quotable 2: “Hey, just a friendly reminder; this is TikTok. Ok?” [watch it]

Tamika Christy - Writers on TikTok

 

@writerlady1Please tell me it’s not just me. 🤷🏽‍♀️ ##aginggracefully ##forgetful♬ original sound – Cam Peoples

Tamika Christy TikTok
Tamika Christy author website

 


Sara Raasch
83.3K Followers | 2.9M Likes

For someone who has acknowledged that “it is dumb… the things you have to do to be successful on TikTok and Instagram these days,” Sara, does pretty well on social media, including TikTok. The New York Times best-selling author of the YA fantasy trilogy Snow Like Ashes and the YA fantasy duology Stream Raiders (She has sold close to half a million books) posts candid videos of her thoughts on writing, TV shows she’s watching, and advice on writing. She also answers questions from readers and other writers. Does she think social media helps sell books? “The hard and fast answer is no social media platform will sell your books…” She says and goes on to explain that she is referring to selling enough books to drive a career.

Quotable: “You know in a book when you’re writing the book, and your characters have a plan, and you know it isn’t going to work out, but your characters don’t know that, and they have to believe that this plan will work out and the plan has to make sense, because for all intents and purposes it has to maybe work out, even though you know it’s not going to work out…” [watch it]

Sara Raasch - Writers on TikTok

 

@sara_raasch Organization amiright 🙃 #authorsoftiktok #booktok #books #characters #writingabook #writersoftiktok ♬ original sound – Sara Raasch

 

Sara Raasch TikTok
Sara Raasch author website

 


Preeti Chhibber
1188 Followers | 10.3K Likes

Chhibber writes comic books for Marvel, YA Fiction, and is a speaker and podcaster. She has worked as a publishing professional, so we’re always happy to hear her advice. Her debut original middle-grade book, “Orientation (Marvel’s Avenger’s Assembly #1)” came out in August 2020 and her first picture book, “A Jedi You Will Be” was recently released by Disney. She is also featured in the YA and Adult anthologies “Battle of the Bands” and “Stone Sword Table” (Random House, 2022).

On TikTok Chhibber gives us a lot of behind-the-scenes takes and goofs around a lot, which is great entertainment. When she talks in her videos, she is often sharing great news about her work or answering questions from fans, who include a lot of writers who want to get into comic books.

Quotable: “I don’t usually get on here and talk, but I’m writing Zatana. That’s my name, eight there. Look how pretty she is…”

 

 

@runwithskizzersReply to @steelalchemist reposting a previous answer bc I don’t know how to reply to a comment with an old video (😫) but here you go!♬ original sound – Preeti Chhibber

Preeti Chhibber on TikTok
Preeti Chibber author website


Megan Spann
9614 Followers | 78.4K Likes

Spann writes under a number of different pen names across different genres and publishes under her Immortal Imprints imprint. She talks about her writing process, e.g. trying to use less paper, about stuff happening in her life, and updates her readers about books she’s writing, setbacks, and victories. She also has nuggets of inspiration for other writers.

Quotable: “And now it’s more than just coffee getting hot…” [watch it]

 

Megan Spann - Writers on TikTok

@shewriteseverythingWho is out here asking for these reboots! ##booktok ##OneSliceChallenge ##fyp ##entertainment ##mystory ##livelaughlove♬ original sound – Jada

Megan Spann on TikTok
Megan Spann’s publishing website

 


Lynn Lipinski
16K Followers | 373.5 Likes

 

We love Lipinski’s really practical, down-to-earth advice. She speaks from over 25 years of experience in public relations and from the perspective of one who has undergone the fiery baptism of publishing three novels. This is one mystery author who leaves lots of clues for other writers.

Lipinski also has some very novel ideas for marketing her books on social; from really intriguing book trailers to jokes about snakes.

Quotable: “The best horror writing takes a really mundane item and puts a terrifying twist on it…” [watch it]. We also love this tiktok by her. Hope the executives at Disney got it.

 

Lynn Lipinski - Writers on TikTok

 

@lynnlipinskiIndie authors gonna know what I mean. ##indieauthor ##indieauthorsoftiktok ##indieauthors♬ original sound – Lynn Lipinski – Mystery Author

Lynn Lipinski on Tik Tok
Lynn Lipinski author website

 


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