Agents on Instagram?

  • I'm having a social media catch up kind of morning. Does anyone have any ideas for getting literary agents' attention on Instagram? Does it help to follow them, or just hope one of your pieces gets picked up and circulated around the web? Or is it best practice to follow them and join in a conversation? Is social media just a big_waste_of_time?

  • @smceccarelli has a good post on what she does on her social media channels:

  • @laurel-aylesworth May I ask why you're trying to get an agent's attention that way, when you could just do your research and submit to them direct?
    Of course it's great to organically be "found" that way - but for one, I personally think it's better to take control and be proactive about it. Not to mention it's more strategic - you're just submitting then to the agents whom you think you'd like to work with and would fit on their list.
    I actually had an agent contact me about 2 weeks ago after seeing my illustrations on the SCBWI website. It didn't work out in the end - just as he decided I wasn't a good fit for him after all, I immediately had a gut feeling he wasn't right for me either. If you're hoping to get attention from the exact right agents who would be a good fit for you just through social media I think you'll be waiting a very long time. Especially since many agents, while open to new clients, have VERY full lists already and aren't going out of their way to find ones outside of the oodles of submissions they already get.
    Put yourself in the driver's seat 🙂 And, good luck!

  • @danettedraws I like your moxy!

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