Questions: How important is it for an author to have a significant social media presence and to demonstrate that to the publisher? –SR
Answer: Generally a social media presence is less important in academic publishing than in trade publishing (which are books for the general reader).
But obviously being able to utilise your contacts for promotion of the book is certainly a plus and may well reach people we wouldn’t naturally get to with our own marketing.
It wouldn’t be a sticking point really though on whether a project was signed up – there are plenty of hugely successful academic authors who barely touch social media.
Your background, the project and the reviews are the most significant aspects for us. It’s nice to be able to say when presenting a new book idea to our committee that an author has 10,000+ followers, and we would certainly exploit that with the author’s help, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the book will sell any better than one which relies on our own marketing contacts.
With fairly limited marketing budgets across academic publishing, having a pro-active author, whether on social media or through other channels, is a big help in reaching the right people.
Commissioning Editor – Design and Photography
Bloomsbury Visual Arts
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