This will probably be taken the wrong way, and I seriously don’t mean it that way. It’s just, last weekend I just got tired of being marketed at by authors. Social media is about connecting with other people.
Seriously: I want to support all the authors in the world, but I just can’t afford it right now. Not a chance. I can’t even buy the books of all my friends!
And then I’m skeptical that marketing to authors really works. It looks to me like they’re just exchanging marketing and not buying each others’ books. Unless you can market to authors in a big way, why bother? Does it really work?
Oh man, see, here comes the guilt. I really, really, really want to help authors any way I can. It’s why I started this site. (But ran out of time to finish it, LOL. One of these days!)
So here’s some questions:
What percentage of authors say they just don’t have time to read like they did before they wrote seriously? 80%? 90%? 95%?
Have writers considered marketing to readers? Is there any evidence that says marketing to authors works? How many of you let strangers-to-you authors friend you and then just ignore them? Or do you not friend them? Have you ever “un-friended” a spamming author? Ever felt guilty?
Am I the only one who just starts ignoring all the “events” and “announcements” and “please follow this link to my blog today” after awhile.
Or do you read about every single book release from the hundreds of author “friends” you have?
I picked up a TON of new authors from blogs. But not a single one from Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter.
Why can't we let Facebook just stay fun? As a way to connect? To play a game here or there? To shoot the s**t at the water cooler about the biz or writing or whatever?
And, by the way, this post has nothing to do with the fact that the uber-cool Mark Terry has just joined Facebook. Yay! Go friend him!