I was following a writers' discussion about self-promotion. This being award season for the science fiction and fantasy community, it's a topic on our minds.
One writer, who has a few tasty publications under her belt, said, that to get published by the top magazines, she felt she needed to get her name out there.
And by out there, I guess she meant being active in the social medium (especially twitter), writing articles, giving interviews, meeting people at conferences etc.
Well, that got me a-wondering. I've never really believed that. I figure that people do get plucked out of slush without having a name. I sold to professional paying magazine without having a blog, for instance. I always feel that story is queen, and that your other accomplishments don't matter a toot.
I guess it's different if you're self-publishing. Then you really want to get name recognition. But I'm happy, at the moment (and watch this space) writing and sending off to magazines.
It's a delicate subject, few people want to come out and say that they are experts in self-promotion. Most of us (?) want to be recognised for our art.
What do you think? Is getting your name out there important? Will it make a difference to sales? Have I got a name? And if so, is it a bad name or a good name?