Now that I’m blogging on a weekly basis, I have to spread the word and develop a faithful following. To what end? I’m not really sure but social media experts, i.e. my son, several nieces and a sister in law who spins PR for a living, insist that a robust social media presence is the key to landing a literary agent.
I spent a year plus writing Stillwater Runs Deep, my debut mystery novel, and obviously want to get it published, so I listened up. My team suggested that in addition to blogging, I had to set up Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook accounts. Once that was done, my job was to start posting avidly on every platform. Plus, I must update my LinkedIn status.
Ok, but when do I send out my agent query letters? When do I start on the second novel in the Kelly Riccio mystery series? Would this be in between searching for interesting tweets, crafting a pithy 140 character response, posting adorable kitten pictures, retweeting tweets and liking everything that my Facebook buddies post?
Like a nascent explorer, I began charting my course through the unpredictable and terrifying territory of social media. Cue scary music and roll tape of woman paddling solo through murky swamp. I endeavored to discover the social mores behind each platform and started with the most perplexing, Twitter.
Talk about getting caught by the short hairs.
To smooth things over, my editor-author friend Chris Adler, helped set up my Twitter account, @DMMurphywrites. She has me following a slew of literary agents and warned against pitching my book to agents. Apparently that is a no-no. But that begs the question. How do I get an agent to notice me? Apparently retweeting is the answer. Sounds a lot like recycling to me. And those rules thoroughly confuse me. Does the yogurt lid go into recyclables or household trash? Don’t even get me started on take out containers.
Plus, I still don’t get why the good old pound sign was renamed hashtag. The Twitter founders seemingly believe it’s a catchier phrase. I beg to differ. The pound sign is much more, on point, to borrow a legal phrase from my past life. After all, isn’t everyone on Twitter pounding an agenda?
But who am I to buck a trend that has amassed 974 million followers, give or take a few?
#olddogcan’tlearnnewtricks. I think I used up too many characters.
P.S As in post script. Not to be confused with Photoshop, PlayStation or posting sh#t
For a laugh, check out https://youtu.be/57dzaMaouXA
Watch until the end. The last line is #hilarious.