You will hear it from marketers, agents, and, with any luck, from people who like your work and want to see more of it: you have got to have a web presence! These days, even for traditionally-published authors, the task of publicity-building largely falls to (or at least begins with) the author and his or her platform. Agents especially like to see first-time authors take the initiative to establish themselves (yes– even before the queries are sent), and I imagine the same is true in other industries.
But there are many options, many facets of social media available to us– so for today’s Forum Friday I’m conducting an informal survey of two questions:
- What social media do you use to promote yourself as an author (or artist, musican, etc.)?
- What social medium (i.e., Twitter, blogging, etc.) is your favorite, and why?
Me, I’ve been blogging a while now. I like having place to conduct erratic creative symphonies, connect with other readers, writers and all manner of intelligent and artistic minds, and generally catalog my own experience as I work toward publication.
I’m only just starting to get the hang of Twitter and, where I saw it as a nuisance not so very long ago, am beginning to see it as a valuable (and fun!) tool now. In fact, I think I’ll be writing another post on this shortly.
For now, what’s your story?