Importance of an Author’s Online Presence 

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By Sabrina Berndt

As the submission coordinator, I find numerous queries each week that state they have no social media, no website, or online presence whatsoever. This may be fine on a day-to-day basis, but it’s extremely important to have some sort of online following when searching for an agent or other publishing partnership. I do not think some people realize the impact an online presence can have for a debut author, so I listed a few of the benefits below. Continue reading “Importance of an Author’s Online Presence “

What Happens at an Editor/Agent Lunch?

By Rachel Beck

I think it’s safe to say that networking is a word that evokes fear and panic in a good number of people, coupled with the immediate desire to run away fast. This is potentially because networking is something that can be falsely associated with schmoozing, acting smarmy or showing fake interest in people. We all know those types, the charmers at any party who work the room like a pro—and watching it happen, something about it feels…inauthentic.

But I’m not talking about those people, who use events to make connections and home in on people they can use in some way. Or the people who buff up their resume and kill an interview with confidence, even though they’re not quite qualified for the role. I’m talking about networking in a purer, simpler form. In fact, networking is meant to be, and often is, a completely organic way of making connections, be they social ones or professional ones. You probably network at least a few times per month without even really being aware you’re doing it. And in publishing, networking is key to success, as great books most often come to life starting with a connection between an agent and editor. Continue reading “What Happens at an Editor/Agent Lunch?”