The train now arriving at Platform Two is for
Good morning Racers. Welcome aboard The Writer Express. Coffee, tea and Kit Kats are being served in the buffet car. Please make your way to the front of the train.
Everyone got a seat? Good.
We are constantly advised that if we want to be a writer who sells, we need to cultivate a strong online presence. Today's market is obviously über competitive and we're told that we must use 'online platforms' such as blogging, Facebook, personal websites and Twitter, to the fullest extent, to make our presence known to the widest possible audience. (And the platforms will no doubt keep multiplying).
At the moment my online presence is minimal and as an unpublished writer who is still writing, that's fine. I blog somewhat erratically, use Facebook as a weapon of mass procrastination, and that's it. No website. And definitely no Twitter. But I like to watch and learn and I look at those amongst us who are working hard to spread the word with blog tours, competitions and all manner of clever and imaginative ways. And as well as cheering them on, I'm also thinking 'phew, that looks exhausting'.
So my questions to you are ...
-How strong is your online presence?
-If you're unpublished, are you looking forward to boarding the virtual promotion train?
-If you're published - although I realize it's par for the course - is it daunting just how much you are expected to do or do you embrace and enjoy it?
-Is there a writer, established or not, whose 'online platform' you regularly check (apart from our own Racers of course)
Personally, I greatly enjoy Marian Keyes' monthly newsletter which drops into my inbox. It combines publicity and personal news in a humorous way and never feels like a sell. And she's ever so 'umble. Which is nice.
So - over to you.
And enjoy the ride.
ps there are a couple of new posts below this which you might not have seen.