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Center Stage: Online Presence for Writers

January 20, 2010

When you perform a song, you’re judged on stage presence. You can miss a note, forget a few words—whatever—and still shine if you own the stage. Online presence for writers is just as important. The Internet is an excellent tool for meeting other writers and *gasp* connecting with agents. Just remember, no matter how much privacy protection you place on your accounts, there’s always a way for your words to get out to the public. Be cautious and courteous without sacrificing you creativity.

SOCIAL NETWORKING 

I’ll admit it, I’m lame. Up until last March the only web presence I had was my wilting Myspace account that I made in 2005. You know, the account I only signed into like once a week? Then I joined Absolute Write and found out about Twitter. I immediately joined, and I can honestly say that I think it’s one of the best ways to chat with other writers—aspiring and published—in addition to agents.  

Keep an eye out for #askagent, an occasional Twitter chat held by agents who answer your non-query related questions. If you’re available at 9pm EST on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, stop by #kidlitchat and #yalitchat to mingle with writers, editors, and agents.

BLOGGING

Have something to say? Put it in a blog. You can basically blog about anything you want to talk about, but it’s usually a good idea to mention writing at some point. Don’t expect your blog to earn an immediate following. Use your blogging experience to make new friends. Visit other writers’ blogs frequently and leave comments. In addition, check out what agents have to say by visiting theirs. Don’t be afraid to comment an agent’s post—he or she wants to hear your opinion!

MESSAGE BOARDS

I would have eventually figured out how the publishing process works on my own; however, I learned super fast after finding Absolute Write and the BlueBoards. Drop your lurker status and create an account—after all, there’s no reason to be shy because nobody can actually see you. Get to know your writer peers. They’re incredible people who really understand what you’re trying to accomplish and the highs and lows you’ll encounter getting there.

–Stephanie

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8 comments

  1. Whoo hoo! A POSITIVE post about online internet pressence. Seems all we hear are the negatives. Glad to hear what’s out there and encouraging people to sign up and get online!


  2. I second all the above. I need to get more involved on Twitter. And, definitely, I’ve not only learned a lot through AW, but I’ve made some friends, too! Plus, I was so ignorant of writing and publishing when I started out, and now I feel like I know a bit more and have a group of people willing to help me along the way.


  3. 100% on target. If you want to connect with other writers and your future audience, better wade into the water and start making some noise!


  4. Great post and advice! I think message boards are a great tool for learning the process and improving writing. A plus is the friends that are made 🙂


  5. Great advice! I just borrowed Twitter for Dummies from the library since I’ve yet to figure it out on my own. Hopefully I won’t be a twittering idiot by the time I finish reading it. 😀

    I love AW. That’s how I found out about this blog.


  6. One of the biggest challenges I face is that I want my participation to be of use. I’m reluctant to retweet unless I’m sure that someone who is following me might be interested and wouldn’t already have heard the message. As for blogging I think my entries are very uneven in quality. Maybe I will have a clearer sense of my audience after my book is actually published this fall. Right now, I’m a virtual coyote, but I think my yipping isn’t telling the other coyotes what they need to know.


  7. Awesome post, Steph–great information there! 😀


  8. I agree 1000% 😀 Great post Steph!!



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