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Twitter Guide For Authors & Illustrators > Twitter Etiquette > Is it ok for me to send an editor/art director/agent a DM?

Index of topics: Main Twitter Guide For Writers & Illustrators page. To go back to my blog for kidlit/YA writers and illustrators, see Inkygirl. You can find me on Twitter at @inkyelbows (focus: writing and illustrating children's books) and @DebbieOhi (livetweets, chat, photos, personal ramblings). Also see my list of Other Useful Twitter Guides For Authors And Illustrators and Twitter Lists of: agents who represent kidlit/YAkidlit/YA editors, children's book art/creative directors and K-12/teen librarians on Twitter.

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Q. Is it ok for me to send an editor/art director/agent a DM?

If this is your first contact, I'd advise against it.



1) Chances are good they won't see it.

2) Even if they do see it, it's HIGHLY unlikely they will click any links (like your portfolio) since that's a tactic spammers use.

3) Depending on the person on the receiving end, using a Twitter DM for first contact may come across as unprofessional.


If the person explicitly tells you send them a DM. I very rarely see invites of this sort, however, mainly because anyone who follows and is followed by a fair number of people is likely to have an inbox overflowing with auto-DMs.

Overall, Twitter is NOT the place for pitching to publishers, editors, agents or art directors unless they say it's ok. Even then, it's usually a "For the next 30 minutes, I'll read your one-tweet pitch" limited-time offer.

Last updated on February 26, 2014 by Debbie Ridpath Ohi