Thinkin’ on Thursday: Where ARE You?

Easy as A, B, C . . . from BB

The other day, one of the participants in a regional writing blog wrote in that he had just “pushed the button” and sent off a query to an agent. It sounded like he was still shaking. ;‑) He was congratulated by other readers of the blog, and said he thought, now that he’d sent the first one, “tomorrow,” when he sent out a whole bunch of queries to other agents, it would be much “easier”. That’s actually a good, big step toward publication.

What I’ve read is that, far too often, possibly in all our excitement, we readers make ourselves “hard to contact.”41ch8MfHfLL

If an agent wants to find YOU, how accessible have you made your email address? Do you keep it hidden for privacy reasons? According to Chuck Sambuchino, author of Create Your Writer Platform (available from Writer’s Digest Books), publicity for books is extremely valuable and often hard to come by. The last thing we should be doing is “hiding from editors, reviewers, etc.” Instead, we need to give ourselves the best chances for success.

Chuck suggests the following:

1. Create a website, even just a simple, free WordPress blog of just one page is a help — if you’re “Googled,” you’ll show up. Include a little info about you and your book, so they’ll know they have the right “John Doe.” Even Twitter will do if you’re on it often and respond quickly. If you have a crazy “ex” or boyfriend, and need to keep info off the internet, that is different, but don’t keep your info locked up for no reason. Remember, even your fans may want to reach you for interviews, information, etc.

2. Check your email daily — though, of course, you needn’t respond to everything. Just make sure there’s nothing “pressing.” Editors and agents have schedules, deadlines. And, like the rest of us, they may procrastinate too often. They may need your reply right away.

3. Trying to avoid spam? When posting your email site, spell things out, like JohnDoe(at)yahoo(dot)com. If you’re well known and have a big fan base, or write for children who contact you, add a note which tells readers you do read all emails, but cannot respond personally to all their messages. “Sorry.”

4. Chuck also says that only listing your publicist’s contact info on your site is not good enough. They may be quicker at returning emails, but they get sick, or too busy, may not work weekends. Include your own info, in case something is urgent.

One, two, three — go for it! But don’t get “lost” where editors, reviewers, fans can’t find you!

See you next on Spellbinder Saturday!

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