Publishers Weekly now has more than 200,000 Twitter followers, passing that mark last week and as of today has more that 203,000 following the magazine via @PublishersWkly. Eileen Gardner, a self-professed pop culture junkie and aspiring author, was the 200,000th PW follower. “The publishing process can be daunting, and no one tells you how much persistence and discipline you need to break in as a published author. When I heard that I was the 200,000th Twitter follower on Publishers Weekly, I felt like the universe was telling me to keep going, to keep writing and to keep working at getting my book published,” she said.

In addition to a complimentary one-year subscription to Publishers Weekly, Gardner was offered a guest post on PW’s popular PWxyz blog, the magazine’s blog about book news. “Han Solo Said It Best: ‘Never Tell Me the Odds’” by Eileen Gardner is live today at

In honor of the milestone, the magazine is offering specially priced print subscriptions through November 30, 2011. Readers in the U.S. and Canada are able to purchase a one-year subscription for $200 (regularly $250). Outside the U.S. and Canada, the price is $300 (regularly $350). All subscriptions include complimentary digital access.

Publishers Weekly observes what has become the hard-news standard of tweeting only objective news and stories,” says PW president George Slowik, Jr. “PW is distinguished by keeping PW tweets out of the realm of personal opinion or commentary.”

Other mini-milestones achieved by Publishers Weekly’s other Twitter handles: @PWKidsBookshelf recently passed the 11,500 mark; @PWreviews topped 5,000 followers; @PWxyz exceeded 3,500; and @PWComicsWorld capped 2,000.