I should be writing a blog post right now.
Actually, I should be paying attention in my philosophy class right now, but there's only so much of that I can take. As long as one ear is open, I'll be fine.
The point is that I should be writing a blog post right now, so I better come up with a topic. Ooohh, I know. Let's talk about twitter cryptology. I don't mean actual secret codes. I mean this:
UnagentedWriter: OMG I have BIG book news! Can't wait to share!
AgentedWriter: OMG I have BIG book news! Can't wait to share!
Does this really fool anyone? Oh, UnagentedWriter, we know you got an agent. And AgentedWriter, of COURSE you got a book deal. Of course, until things are signed, nothing is allowed out into the social network, but still. We now know. All we're missing are the details.
Of course I'm guilty of this. Aren't you? We want everyone to know when these things happen because it's so freaking exciting. I want everyone to know where I am at every step of my journey. That's what "#amwriting" is for in comparison to "#amrevising." That's why we say "querying" or "agented" in our profiles, and list the books we've pubbed (unless we're someone crazily prolific like Kiersten White or Mandy Hubbard who, I'm sure, can't fit their books in the profile space).
Is there too much out there? Are there times we should keep it in?
I think we can go too far. There's one author who would put up a new blog post with every agent offer s/he got, just saying "I got an offer!!!" or something equally vague. But tweeting "I have BIG book news!"? I don't see anything wrong with that.
And I certainly don't see anything wrong with sharing where you are in the process of actually writing. Especially in the YA community, we all want to support each other. An elated "I finished my novel!" tweet gets retweeted all over the place. This support is the coolest thing about twitter.
Sure, there's oversharing, but we're genuine. It's genuine excitement and genuine support.
Would you change anything? What's oversharing to you?