Dear Sam,

I’ve been hearing that writers need some sort of online platform. But I’m not an adult and I don’t have free reign over social media. What should I do?

Dear Anonymous,

As a non-adult myself. I’ve also been faced with this question. Here is my suggestion, pick one major social media outlet and stick to that. Point out to your parents how it can help you develop as a writer and allow you to connect with others with your same interests. Here are some examples of social media outlets:
Twitter
Facebook
Blog
Goodreads

My opinion in this case is that having a blog is the best tool to use. I do, and I have no Facebook or Twitter. Nor do I need to at this time. Maybe later, if I get published, I might want to go down those alleys but for now, I’m sticking to Young Writers Café. You can blog about everything, from Chocolate to your personal life. A warning however: I would not recommend doing a truly personal blog because you just don’t want random people on the internet to know everything about you. And while writing about your birthday party might be fun for you, it isn’t very helpful to a literary agent or editor that comes along.

If your writing is in a particular niche or if your story is centered around a historical event, you might want to blog about that. Remember though, that what you put on the Internet would be seen by all of your prospective employers and universities in the future.

Also, if you have a Facebook or Twitter account, make these private so that only your friends can see them. Everything that you put on the Internet and can be easily accessed will be seen by any literary agents or editors that you would query in the future. If you Tweet writing advice or talk about books and publishing on Facebook, these might be okay. But if you don’t want that agent to see your Sweet Sixteen party pictures, don’t make them public.

What social media outlets do you use?

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