If you are anything like me the moment you began this journey toward becoming a published author, you have been inundated with information and advice on the best ways to get yourself out there and make yourself known before you get the call.
I’ve read articles and blogs by people who swear by Twitter and Facebook and claim that agents won’t even look at you unless you have xxxx followers. And at the same time, I’ve read articles and blogs by people who say that Twitter and Facebook are not an important part of an aspiring author’s portfolio – their website is the most important thing. No, wait, it is a blog that is the most important thing.
And it is constantly changing. There is LinkedIn and Google Plus. Next month there will probably be something else. Something else to add to our list of Should I Join This? Will This Help My Career? How The Heck Does It Work?
Here is what I know: I have both a Twitter and Facebook account and I rarely use either one. They don’t do anything for me except suck away my time right now. I blog with a wonderful group of women twice a month. I’ve learned from them, met online friends and discovered other fabulous blogs. I have a website and I’m still working out how best to use it. But I will and I’m excited about it, because it is all mine.
I have never discovered a new author on Twitter or Facebook. Maybe it is because I’m not on it, but when I do check it out, I read too many “Buy My Book!” tweets and, frankly, they just irritate me. I get it. I do. And I really hope that I don’t do the same thing when I am published.
Most of the authors that I have discovered have been through blogs. It’s the intimacy. I’m not reading a 20 word tweet or a “Like” my page post, I’m reading about their story. And a blurb about their book. It might still be shameless self-promotion, but I care now. I’m intrigued by the person, how they got to where they are and what they are writing about. I’ll go check out their website. Frequently, I’ll buy their book.
I know agents will check to see what online presence an unpublished author has and maybe the numbers matter to them and maybe not. I don’t know. I’m not there yet. But I do know what I prefer.
What about you? What do you think works best? What paths are you choosing to take?