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#1 Kevin1374


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Posted 20 May 2016 - 07:00 PM

I am working on querying agents in a couple weeks, but I would also like to stir some interest about the book and/or the world the story resides on.


1. Will Agents frown upon this? If they are not objected to it should it be shared, like if I would create a page on fb and start bringing in followers and commotion about what has been shared.


2. Can some of the unique creatures, items, etc... of the world be shared?


3. How much information about your world is too much to share all at once? What should be shared.




Since I am not  publishing the actual manuscript online, I would not see this being a problem.







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Posted 23 September 2016 - 12:46 AM

My research and my experience have taught me that agents love love LOVE authors that engage in self-promotion.  Their primary goal is to sell books and make money, especially if they pay you an advance.  


My experience has also taught me that doing it too early and too often isn't a good idea.  You don't have to worry about sharing too much world and information; you have to worry about inundating your fans every single day with content and info from your book.  


Even if the goal is to promote your novel I'd spread the information out as much as possible--say one major thing about the book a week.  I wouldn't start too soon--don't start before you have a solid release date.  Nothing is more aggravating that people that promote something that isn't available or has no date of availability.  Lastly, I'd find related information to post every once in a while when you're not posting any of your book's information.  Say your world has a lot to do about mountains--then post related information about mountains.  


For a better example, one of the world's in my book deals with swords and horses.  So to get people caught up with the terminology, I'd post and make videos about horseback riding and sword making.  Now, when the reader comes across the word, 'quenchant' they will know what I'm talking about.

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