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Posted on: February 11, 2010

Nathan Bransford – Literary Agent‏

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Nathan Bransford – Literary Agent

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You Tell Me: Can Authors Balance Publicity and Privacy in the Internet Era?

Posted: 10 Feb 2010 08:50 AM PST

In the discussion on Monday regarding the person stopping by the office, an anonymous commenter chimed in with what I thought was an interesting point of discussion about boundaries in the Internet era.

He/she writes:

Have been thinking a lot about the writers who choose to keep their privacy, such as Salinger and Pynchon and those who are all out twittering hither-nither.

I have very mixed feelings about the personal publicity writers are encouraged to develop, even agents. It seems like we are auditioning for “America’s Next SuperWriter” and the fifteen minutes of fame required.

…The photos do connect people. But then where is privacy given a boundary?

As I wrote in a post late last year, the days of being “Just An Author,” if they ever existed, are basically over. Everything is out there on the Internet, and authors are really expected to put themselves out there to find their audience. Publishers want authors to be Facebooking, Tweeting, blogging, and everything they can do to get out there. It’s really tough to do that without using at least part of your personal life and picture to make that happen, even if you’re using a pen name.

What do you think: Is this the price the modern author has to pay if they want an audience? Is there a way to balance Internet presence with privacy?

Be sure to check out Nathan’s blog at the url above.
My take on this is yes, an author should have some level of personal privacy.  My readers don’t need to know that one day last week I might or might not have spent the whole day in my pjs. They don’t necessarily need to know what I ate or didn’t eat last Sunday, but I do want them to know how I feel about writing.
I want them to share in my truimphs. I want them to enjoy articles that I find interesting. I want to help other writers via my blog.
Then when the day comes that I do get a picture book contract, I want them to share in my joy.

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I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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I love the cool colors of blues and purples.Those colors are peaceful for me.

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