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Ask a Literary Consultant

Literary consultant Helen Corner-Bryant hands over the reigns to social media ‘guru’ Julie Gourinchas to answer a query about the importance of an online presence

Q As someone who isn’t constantly on Twitter, Facebook and all the rest, how important is it ultimately to have a strong online presence? I can see the importance more if you want to selfpublish and try to get readers in this way but that’s not what I want to do at this stage. I am building a website and can see the logic in using social media to promote yourself but so many authors seem to be saying that they can spend a whole morning on social media and not get any actual writing done as it can be addictive. If you have a very small online presence and interest in it, will that be a red flag to a publisher or agent?

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