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.
Even though it isn’t required, I HIGHLY recommend building your web presence as soon as possible. It’s something that takes time, and it’ll definitely serve as an advantage when you’re looking for an agent or publisher since web presence is something they’ll look at. With that being said, an absent web presence will not work against you in any way. At this stage it isn’t a requirement, so you don’t need to worry about it too much.
At least not just yet.