Session with Graham Joyce, Richard Birkin, Steve Ince and Alex Pryce about using digital media to create interesting projects in writing and create an online brand and following.
The overwhelming conclusion is that any writer needs a website and to take part in social media sites. One member of the audience, currently on a creative writing course talked about how to use such branding vehicles given the advice he’d received was not to be too personal on the social media.
There seems to be a generational divide in this. Alex and Richard hodling the opinion that if people were offended by photos of them drinking, they weren't the kind of people they would want to do business with.
Older members of the panel and the audience were more hesitant and the consensus seemed to be that you needed to use these things in the context of the writing you did and your audience type. For example if you write for young people then some degree of caution about what you put up might be needed.
Also met an author from Nottingham using Facebook very successfully. She doesn't have an agent and manages all her own promotion.