So my goal over the next month or so is to do another big push to agents with my first novel “Skin.” I’ve heard about a website where you can post your query, and subscribing agents will receive it and then contact you if interested – a backwards way of doing things, but apparently a way that has worked for some. I think I’ll give this a try, in addition to the traditional query letter in the mail…or perhaps as a full-on, brazen substitute.
But in the larger sense of things, is it really all that backwards to do it this way? We constantly put ourselves out there on MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn – all the social networking outlets where we say “This is who I am – now come to me.” And it works. Sometimes it works in ways we weren’t even expecting (people accidentally fall in love because of MySpace). Not to mention my own participation in this thought process: look at what I’m doing by having this website!
But I will say that I still approach the connected world of the internet with a grain of suspicion. Did my electronic query even land in the inbox of Ms. Fabulous New York Agent? Or did it stop dead in its tracks due to some unknown but sinisterly operating bug in the notification system? Hey, I work with websites every day. I know what happens.