Hi all, My writing group was discussing the current trajectory of digital media and e-literature recently. One of the main topics was Online Presence. Most of the writers were in agreement that to hope for success in today's changing market, it is imperative to have an online presence in some shape or form. A few of the writers have actually created blogs for their (usually main) characters and are trying to garner support and public interest before they (hope to) get published. What do you think about character blogs and the like? Has anyone ever done this, and do you think it has been/is successful? The only example I could think of wasn't electronic, but Bridget Jones was a newspaper column before Helen Fielding made her into a book. She was already incredibly popular in the UK and the book was practically an instant success. So in this new era of publishing and e-media and downloading etc, do you think an online presence is imperative, and do you think character blogs are useful? Are there other methods you use or have been impressed by? Or would you prefer to get yourself out there as the author? Thanks.