In this age of so many social media platforms, can you just pick one that you're on and ignore the rest? How important is it to "be everywhere"?
With the amount of social media channels out there, it seems impossible to be on all of them AND spare time to, you know, write. It may seem like you HAVE to be on every single social media channel in existence, but let’s be honest, no one has time for that.
Online Presence when Unagented
I have a number of manuscripts that I am polishing, ready in the wings for when I am asked for more work. I hope to submit to agents this month. How much of an online presence should a writer have in the beginning? Is it expected (by agents or authors) to have an "author" web site at this pre-published stage? Or a strong social media established? I spend ALL my time writing, revising, or researching/reading books on craft I haven't made time for this. I also have a blog idea, that's still an idea at this point. I'm on FB and started twitter (for the writing world only) in Feb. Thanks!
If you are writing fiction, it is not required for you to have an online presence to land an agent or publishing contract. If you’re writing nonfiction, having a platform is a requirement and would be included in your proposal to an agent or publisher.
For the sake of this post, I’ll assume you’re writing fiction.
There’s plenty of information on the interwebs for writers when it comes to landing an agent and editor (and rightfully so). But I think writers could benefit from knowing a little more about the marketing and publicity side of publishing.
So I’m inviting writers to ask me anything regarding marketing and publicity. Have any questions about social media, pitching, marketing plans, networking, and more? Comment below or contact me, and I’ll post to the blog. Answers will be posted on Sundays, and in the meantime you can check out the Marketing Q&A series here.
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