And what I mean by that is, does social networking like Twitter, LinkedIn, Stumble Upon etc help the writer get noticed (and therefore, potentially published) without doing the manual hard yards of submitting countless manuscripts, chasing editors/publishers ala the days of yore? If you don’t have a lot of time to get online, are you at a disadvantage?
I was having a chat with a writer friend of mine over the weekend and she mentioned a conversation she had with an author she met a little while ago. Of course, the subject of exposure came up and my friend asked the author about using Twitter as a means of promotion. In other words – how do we use Twitter to our advantage? The response was ‘just keep tweeting’. Make yourself known. Re-tweet blog posts, put yourself out there.
OK, that seems easy enough. But the majority of people have jobs, families, extra curricular activities – on top of writing, editing, blogging, it gets very overwhelming to stay online for longer periods. Not to mention technical glitches – not being able to get online. What then?
This author mentioned it was through all this exposure that she got noticed by a publisher. So does this mean that I have a lesser chance of getting noticed because I don’t have time to tweet and link and stumble? What happened to good old-fashioned manuscript submissions?
What do you think?