Eagerink wrote:Hey everyone,
I was listening to one of the wotf podcast yesterday (one of the ones with Wulf Moon) and I had a question. Didn't know where to put it but I am working on my Q4 so I guess I could ask it here, ask it of anyone who may know or if Wulf is lurking around here somewhere :)
So he said that sometimes editors (or publishers maybe? I forget) will sometimes check to see if an author has social media and a following, and what that is like. And I was wondering, is that just publishers, like etreasure, who are publishing more of a book form, or does that go for mags as well?
Hi, Eagerink. David Farland is the person I heard this from, and others as well. It makes sense on a number of fronts. If you have a large following on your newsletter and social media, it's going to help sales of your first novel. The publisher knows you have a baked in fan base, which will reduce their losses if they take your novel on. And just like an employer will check out your social media before hiring you, your social media is a way for an editor of a magazine or anthology to check out your social presence before publishing your story. It's a smart way to make sure they aren't publishing a jerk that has offended many people. That writer is not worth messing with--they'll likely burn the publisher in the end.
You are what you post.
All the beast,