Q07: Social Media & You

(This question is part of a larger subseries called Perpetual WIPs: Querying Writers. For the remaining questions, see here.)

How important do you think building your own social media presence is as part of the querying process?

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It can hurt, help, or do nothing. Obviously if you’re bad-talking publishing or broadcasting rejections, that can be bad, but you can also develop a rapport with someone who will recognize your name on a query, it could really help. In most cases, it probably doesn’t make a difference because in the end it’s all about what you’ve got on your pages.

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I think it’s a great way to meet other writers and stay sane in the face of rejection. It’s a little tough for me because I tend to be shyer on the Internet than in real life, but I figure that I might as well get started now on building that platform.

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Honestly, i don’t know. I have a blog and it has close to 500 followers and on many days I kind of hate blogging. But I know some agents look at it and I really really really want to be able to write the “I got an agent” blog post. But mostly, I wish I didn’t have to do it as much so I could write more, but also, I know, KNOW I’m a better writer now because of the people I’ve met through social media.
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I really don’t know how much it affects querying. I would hope that an agent would request pages regardless of whether or not you have a presence, but I just don’t know if that’s the case. I just figure it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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I think it’s becoming more and more important, but of course I have no idea if an agent is checking out my media presence or not.

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Very important! I’ve found and queried quite a few agents from #askagent, #pubtip etc. and have even received some requests. It’s also awesome to have querying twitter pals you can whine with 🙂 I follow lots of people who just like to read, because Hey….I might write something they may wanna read one day.

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I think it’s helpful, and you can make great connections with other writers and agents. I know I’ve gotten several agent requests via twitter as well, which I would never have gotten otherwise. That being said, I’m still a bit too shy to interact with many agents directly, for fear of bothering them. I think more than
anything, it’s helped established some amazing friendships and created a support structure.

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I think it’s very important to build followers but also to make sure you’re professional, enthusiastic, and a real representation of who you are. If we’re checking out agents that way, it’s probably a two way street.

1 thought on “Q07: Social Media & You”

  1. Clearly I’m not alone with my love-hate relationship w social media, and its potential be either energizing networking tool or horrid time suck.

    One of the additional challenges for those of us who have “day jobs” that involve social media presence is figuring out the extent to which we should/n’t integrate that online identity with our (unrelated) querying-author identity.

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