Friday, April 24, 2009

Not Everybody Knows My Name, But...

I think it is particularly important for pre-published authors to keep track of the writing and publishing world. Especially in this down-sized market, in this poor economy, and in this world with a wealth of opportunities...and scams.

That said, one tool that I'm finding particularly helpful is...Twitter.

Which surprises me. I've found Facebook helpful to get in contact with writers--my last two interviews on this blog were done through initial Facebook contact. But I've viewed Twitter as an almost throw-away...another way to network, sure, but not really useful.

Colleen Lindsey is changing all that.

Besides being the brain-power behind #queryfail and #queryday on Twitter, she's also begun doing #askagent posts. Last night, as I was about to go to bed, I popped on Twitter. Colleen posted a tweet about how she would be taking questions for agents for the next hour. Soon, Jenny Rapaport and Literaticat joined.

As I'm working on a YA SF novel, I immediately asked about the market: where they saw YA SF in the future, how close were YA SF and science fantasy. Others asked about daily life of an agent, publicity, and other marketing questions.

It only lasted for about an hour or so (the agents each volunteered an hour, but started at different times). Because it was unannounced, it was less crowded than #queryday, and my questions were answered within seconds of posting...which enabled me to easily ask follow-up questions.

It's unfeasible for pre-published writers to meet with agents and discuss the publishing world in real life. But #askagent on Twitter felt like I walked into a bar with three agents and was able to discuss publishing while waiting for the bartender to pull my beer. THIS is what I'd like to see Twitter become: Cheers.

11 comments:

lotusgirl said...

Now that would be a helpful thing to visit. Is there a specific day and time she does this?

Windsong said...

Awesome! I think twitter can be like any other social networking tool, it just depends on how we use it. I like what Colleen has done with it. :D

PurpleClover said...

Thanks for the links! I Just followed colleen on Twitter.

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, wow. Too bad I missed it. I'll follow her too.

Stacy Nyikos said...

Wow, thanks for posting that. it sounds like a really good networking tool. I'm still kind of Twitter shy, mostly because of the time suck, but I'll have to give in sooner or later!

Davin Malasarn said...

That's cool. I've yet to look at Twitter. In the last three or four months I joined Facebook, I started blogging, and I just got a cell phone. I'm worried I'm going to be too hip if I don't stop myself.

Robyn said...

I'm still giggling from Davin's comment above mine.

I just posted about the social networking sites that are robbing time from some writers. And the other day I blogged about outlines and you had done it the day before.(I hadn't visited your blog that day, because I was either at the hospital or revising)not sure which, it's all a blur. My point being, Great minds DO think alike! :)

Rena said...

I'm kind of like Davin -- still consider myself new to blogging, only been on Facebook since February and have yet to check out Twitter. And I hate, hate, hate cell phones -- LOL!

Anonymous said...

This is good info. Hadn't realized yet that/how it was happening. Thanks!

beth said...

Lois: I don't think so...I think it was just random chance and luck.

And guys, don't be afraid of Twitter! I actually find it the least time suck of others...with the exception of queryday!

Christina Farley said...

That is really interesting. I didn't know they would do that. I'll have to keep a lookout for that.