How important do you feel it is to spend time on social networking sites – whether general sites like Twitter/Facebook or focused author sites like RedRoom.com – in order to raise your profile and communicate with other writers and those in the book industry? Do you think such casual acquaintances could give you a leg up publishing your own work, or is it more a distraction?
I’ll give you a for instance… On Twitter I’ve developed a casual relationship with Ron Charles, book editor at The Washington Post. Three times he’s reviewed books I’ve suggested to him, and he answers any question I send (on and offline) re: the book business in general. For someone in such a high position, he’s a really nice guy.
Could things like this potentially give a writer any advantage over someone who doesn’t schmooze with various editors/publicists/published writers, once s/he is shopping around a manuscript?