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#1 Deborah Markus

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 10:17 PM

An agent mentioned something favorable about my Facebook page today in a very nice query rejection. Now my friends are concerned about my FB page being public. Should I be worried? Is it unprofessional to have a public page? Or should I just go ahead and set up a public "writer" page, and have my personal page just be seen by my buds?

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 03:23 PM

I would set up a personal public writers page. If your page is set to private, I would not change it. There is a reason you made it private in the first place. And having an writer's page can be a good thing.
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Posted 10 August 2012 - 03:45 PM

You'll have to worry about every thing you say privately by your friends being judged as a representation of how you are professionally. Like, there's nothing wrong with going out drinking, but if you have pictures of it on your page and agents and readers view it, they might judge you for it. When you express your personal opinions and likes people will take it personally. So on and so forth.

My facebook page is public, but I have no real life friends on it. I keep those two thing separate.

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#4 Deborah Markus

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 04:20 PM

I see what you mean. Drinking photos aren't a problem for me since at this point in my life there are Carmelite nuns who party harder than I do; but political and other ranting is definitely an issue. I'm thinking I might want to set up a separate blog for my writing self, too. (I currently have one for my secular homeschooling persona and one for my screaming raving redhead feminist side). Thanks very much!
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Posted 10 August 2012 - 04:29 PM

I suggest keeping business separate from home life, so a public author FB and a personal one.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 01:36 PM

What do you mean by a "personal public writer's page?" I was going to begin setting up my FB author page, but reading this now I wonder if I should bother. Is an author page a web site? Caterina, that's really helpful to show your links. Thanks.

#7 Deborah Markus

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 04:33 PM

I think she meant a personal FB page that's private, and a public page that's more professional and writer-oriented. That's what I went ahead and did, anyway:

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 06:52 PM

I agree with E.B., Catarina and Deborah, have the best of both worlds. I have an author Facebook account set up separately from my personal Facebook page. The author FB is public, and most of my personal FB is private. I don't necessarily have anything to hide, but I didn't really want random strangers following my personal FB and clogging my updates. I have enough friends to keep up with as it is. With the author page, it's just for writing and what I want people to know about me.




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