Conventional wisdom holds that agent-hunting writers should stalk agents on Facebook, Twitter, blogs–whatever social media watering holes agents gather at (yeah, that doesn’t sound at all creepy, does it?). There’s a good reason for this: agency websites are often not updated a whole lot beyond major personnel changes and latest client releases, whereas an agent’s personal blog, Twitter feed, or Facebook status posting can clue you in on what an agent is looking for RIGHT NOW, and can tell you how deep in the slush pile they are.
I have yet to join the Twitter-verse, and I keep my Facebook friends list under tight control, so I tend to read and follow agent blogs. Many agents use their blogs as a way to educate writers, to help them–us–understand the ins and outs of the publishing world, to help us craft better books, better pitches, better queries. I’ve learned a lot from agent blogs over the last few years. For agents, not only does it give them a higher profile, it might–might, I say–help improve the quality of the queries coming in over the transom. Maybe.
Whatever your social media platform of choice, the big question is: do you engage? Do you comment, ask questions, relate your own experiences?
There’s a certain degree of fear and doubt that goes along with leaving a comment on an agent’s blog, especially if that person is on your query list: Will I sound stupid? Will I say something offensive? Will they track me and find my blog to be the most pointless drivel ever committed to the internet? Almost as bad: Will my comments come off looking like self-serving ass-kissery? This is over-thinking of the worst kind, paralysis by analysis.
There is an eventual point to this (I think), but for today, I’ll leave it at that. So again, the question: Do you engage with agents on social media? I look forward to your answers.