Her position was that these days, unless you have a famous friend that's willing to blurb you, some 'in' with a publisher or some other way of getting a lot of notice, you're basically screwed in this business. No debut, no nuthin'.
My basic position was that I saw her point, but I felt like through social media we had a unique opportunity to promote ourselves; even if we're debut authors, even if we don't know anybody, we now, through this medium, have a way to join the conversation and prepare for the opportunity that comes our way.
To this point, I have facebook. I have twitter and my blog. I have xing.com, (a German linkup) and linkedin. I chill at AbsoluteWrite and the VerlaKay boards, and answer/help where I can make a difference. I write on this blog, and others, and make a point of visiting new blogs and carrying it forward to meet others. I believe that through my actions on these social media networks, I bring myself closer to my goal: publication, and friends and colleagues that are interested in the same sort of things I am. (As well as have fun.)
So here's my question for you, as we're still moving but I wanted to make sure I had a 'proper' entry this week (:-)): What is your position on social media, as an author? Because if you're reading this blog, you are certainly one of those.
(And, while we're on the subject, I'd like you to give me the opportunity to follow your conversation. Leave me your blog, your twitter name, your facebook - or friend me - and I'll be adding to your comments, too!)