AWP 8 – I Got 77 Problems and Marketing is Most Definitely One

This donation was pretty seamless, though I was having trouble deciding on working on editing my book or homework as I pumped away.  I chose to indulge in what I find to be, more than anything at this point, a guilty pleasure. 

  

 I found this resource while, funny enough, reading through blogs after I finished my first draft. I was searching for recommendations on editing and what agents look for and came across an article on Writers Digest that Mike Nappa wrote- 

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/how-to-edit-your-book-in-4-steps

I really enjoyed his style and wanted to check out his book, though I won’t go into a book review here because it’s not what this title promised, (one of the topics that Mike Nappa covers) but I did want to talk about something that I was toiling over during my donation.
One of Nappa’s chapters goes over the importance of maintaining a level of professionalism with your online persona, as it’s something agents may dig through in order to get a better picture of who you are and how marketable you’ve made yourself.  
Can authenticity get lost in maintaining a professional image though? I know, the obvious response is…
 “You’re worried about maintaining your artistic voice this early in the game? That’s cute.” 
At least that’s what I’m telling myself while writing this. I don’t have an answer, but I thought it was worth talking about for a moment, and seeing if anyone had an opinion. 
My blog focuses on a few different topics (as of the entry of this post at least) and those are my current journey to AWP, short pieces of writing and prompts that I want to share, and things I’m picking up as I edit my novel. 
I don’t have much in the way of credentials as a writer at this point, save for a few freelancing gigs, so I need to be careful what I put out there if I want agents to take me seriously when I do approach them, but does that mean I shouldn’t be authentic? I don’t know, I just have to keep writing and researching and hopefully I’m not misguided. 
Anyway the entire book is well worth reading, as we as writers can sometimes find the ins and outs of publishing tiresome and terrifying we need to take time to strategize what is just as important- marketing. 
Random rant complete. ^_^