Quote Originally Posted by pingle View Post
As far as I can tell on twitter, the writing community is endless follow for a follow threads, so big lists certainly don't mean you have loads of people desperate to buy your books. I would be very surprised if agents don't realise this.
Yeah, for 95-99% of us, social media doesn't move the sales needle in any relevant way. Readers will often expect you to have a social media presence (just like you'd expect a company to have a web page), but they're likely to seek you out because they already know who you are.

Speaking for myself: I've made a handful of sales off social media, and it's allowed me to get to know some of my readers, which is lovely. It's also connected me with other authors at all stages of the game, and that's really valuable.

But truthfully, there's no reason to do it unless it's fun for you.