Are you webervescent?


Ten years ago, at BookExpo '99 in LA, I was chatting with a well-known bestselling women's fiction author I admired, and we were both all excited because we'd just gotten -- dun-da-da-DAAAH! -- email. This was the creeping slow dial-up web of yesteryear, but we thought it was Star Trek and agreed that it was going to revolutionize the process for writers, editors, agents, and everyone else associated with the making and selling of books.

"My only worry," she said, "is that it'll be like 'video killed the radio star.' Now in addition to writing books, we'll be expected to look nice on screen."

Little did we know...

Website is totally last century. These days, authors are expected to have a "web presence." The problem is, social networking, twittering, facebooking, blogging, etc end up sucking us in and killing a lot of typing time. I have in me only just so many keystrokes per day. How best to use them?

Yen over at the Book Publicity Blog has a great post this week, examining "What kind of web presence is right for an author?" One size definitely does not fit all, and Yen breaks it down every venue into pros, cons, and whom it's best for. (Or who it's best for. Or for whom...oh, damn you, ever-changing Chicago Manual of Style! You know what I mean.)

Check it out. And keep your eye on the "Feed Me" sidebar for wise and witty updates from Yen at the Book Publicity Blog.

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Comments

mamele said…
i remember the first time i heard about the need for a platform. i thought only competitive divers had platforms.

and speaking of social media...joni, someone told me you used to be on The Well! i have been way too active there (tho ironically not in the writing confs except for byline) since '95 or so.
Joni Rodgers said…
I had to quit the Well cold turkey after a couple years. It's just way too addictive. I go back and subscribe once a year for 30 days to check in and see how people are doing in the Writers group. I've met some really interesting people through the Well. A flame war I witnessed in the Byline group years ago is responsible for one of the great directives I have posted on my wall:

DO NOT ENGAGE

Words to live by.
Yen said…
Love the term "webervescent"!
Joni Rodgers said…
I feel it is an author's duty to expand the scope of the language.

Thanks for stopping by, Yen! Your blog is terrific. Highly recommend it to all emerging authors all the time.

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