I recently read a blog post by a writer who has received a request for a full ms. Was left rather stunned by the following paragraph:
This agent informed me that when she receives a query, pitch, or manuscript, the first thing she does is look to see if they have a website. “No matter what else they have to their credit, if I can’t find a website with their name in the address, I push their work to the junk pile.”
To be honest, if I was in that writer's position I'd question if that agent was for me, because it should be my writing that's important.
I understand an agent wanting to see a writer can navigate social media to some degree (a blog, twitter, facebook for example), but surely the above is something that can follow a contract? Or have I got it wrong?
Wow. That's one fast way to make sure you throw the baby out with the bathwater!
I've signed clients who had no idea what a website was, let alone that they needed one. I've signed clients who had to be tracked down by my blog readers because their email bounced and their webpage wasn't there any more.
I have a MySpace account solely because it was the only contact point for a writer who sent me a darn good query but no pages.
In other words, you'd have to hide on the moon to avoid me if you've queried me for something I want to read.
And the idea website/no website is even a reasonable way to differentiate between writers you want to work with and writers you don't want to work with is absurd.
MANY writers, very fine writers, have no clue about the online world. Not everyone is connected to the world through a USB port and thinks of their avatar as a selfie.
It's a good idea to have an electronic address. It's one of the things I advise writers to have in place before querying.
It's NEVER been one of the reasons you won't hear back from me if you query.
I certainly am not going to tell another agent how to winnow their query stack (of course I am) but this method is actually one that I favor for OTHER people....it means more good stuff for ME.