Social networking media is hyped as one of the best ways to promote yourself and your work today. But think before you tweet, blog and post. This is a VERY public arena you’re playing in.
I’m not saying don’t do it. I’m saying think about your content before you post. On Twitter I follow some very influential people in the publishing industry international and I have already seen a couple of instances where people have been offended – rightly or wrongly. People get unfollowed or blocked for spoilers, causing offence or stalker behaviour.
Controversy can help people get traffic their way, but make sure it’s not controversy that will kill your publishing dream.
Part of the problem is it is so easy to misunderstand intent online. There is no body language, tone or emotions that help us decode messages.
In the same way, be careful about how you interact with industry professionals on these sites. The last thing you want is to be branded a stalker or gain a poor reputation amongst agents and publishers.
Here are some helpful sites to guide you through social networking for writers: