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#1 FlameAlchemist

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 09:31 PM

So, I've heard getting an online following is REALLY important if you want to get an agent.

The problem is, it'll be hard to get my parents to agree to me even having a Facebook account. So, how essential is it? Will agents just drop my query if they can't find me online?



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Posted 22 October 2017 - 10:26 PM

So, I've heard getting an online following is REALLY important if you want to get an agent.

The problem is, it'll be hard to get my parents to agree to me even having a Facebook account. So, how essential is it? Will agents just drop my query if they can't find me online?

 

If you're writing non-fic, having a platform, which might include an online following (if you're a recognized expert, likely no one cares there either, but I'd wager you don't hold a Ph.D and a prestigious teaching position if your parents are dictating your online activities), can be important.

 

If you're writing fiction, it's got nothing to do with anything at all. Most agents couldn't care less about your online presence -- some might check if you have one, but they're more checking to just get a general impression (hint: if you've got pictures of yourself marching with a tiki torch in Charlottesville, that will cause agents to run.), not count your followers. 



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Posted 23 October 2017 - 10:43 AM

Pretty much what Springfield said. They'll search your name to see what's there, and if you have a huge following, it can help, but if you don't, it's not a deal-breaker. You will want to start networking with other people (especially other writers) at some point. It really helps to have that support system and it can help marketing when you reach that stage.



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Posted 23 October 2017 - 01:54 PM

If you're writing fiction, agents know we all start somewhere. The advantage of having a following is that depending on how well you've cultivated that following, you could have a built-in (buying) audience. That's fiction or nonfiction.

 

Scope around on the site and you'll find lots of discussion about building an audience, building a platform, etc. But ultimately an agent is looking for writers who can produce a manuscript that they can sell; agents get paid a percentage of the sale. If you don't have an audience yet, they'll work with you if you've written something that they believe will attract an audience.






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