Thursday, July 30, 2009
Posted by Maree Anderson
There's a bit of a "discussion" going on at one of the writer's loops I belong to at the moment. By all reports there's been some complaints made to the loop moderators about promotion.
And for me, this issue has spawned an interesting question:
What's your limit for author self-promotion? When do you consider that an author is promoting too much? When does it start to get right up your nostrils?
Well, okay, that was actually three questions, but you know what I'm getting at. I hope.
Those of us who Twitter, will doubtless have seen people insisting that they "unfollow" authors who do nothing but promote their books and their blogs and their contests. Then there's diehard fans who are more than happy to follow authors who use Twitter only for that very purpose.
Me? I follow plenty of authors. And although I respect every author's right to keep it "professional" I do love the ones who give me an insight into their daily lives. Whether it be what they're cooking tonight, what they're watching on TV, what movie they just say or the best line from their current wip that they wrote today. And if you comment on a tweet and they answer you back, that's freaking awesome--I love it!
That's how I like to use Twitter, too. And Facebook. And at this stage of my so-called career, it suits me to let some of the personal stuff flow over onto those public forums. (But if I ever get really really famous, that may well change... LOL. I wish!)
And also at this stage of my so-called career, it's important that I get my name "out there". To that end, I have a website which I post to every couple of weeks and every time I post, an automatic newsletter summarizing the day's posts is sent out to subscribers via Mail Chimp. My subscribers have a choice of receiving a daily summary of posts, or a weekly summary.
And I post here -- obviously! -- once a week, too. And because I whiz up a quick message on my website provide a link back here, my personal subscribers are also informed about my Writers Gone Wild posts in the hope they'll hop over and make a comment. And maybe read other posts and be so awed by my talented fellow Wild Women, that they'll become Writers Gone Wild followers.
I also use Twitter, Facebook and my writing loops to promote my regularly monthly personal website posts and my weekly Writers Gone Wild posts. I post a brief message giving info about the topic, and provide a direct link to the post. That way, if anyone's not interested, they can just exercise that delete key, or in the case of Twitter and Facebook, ignore it entirely and keep on scrolling down the page. But if anyone is interested, then hopefully they'll visit the blog or website and leave a comment.
And what I've noticed is that it does work. I do get fellow tweeters and facebookers and loopies occasionally leaving a comment. It's all about getting traffic to your site, or as I like to think of it, inviting people to pop in for a visit and a chat about what I've written.
But is this too much promotion? Is this truly more likely to piss people off?
If you got a Tweet about this post or a note about it on Facebook page, or an email on your writing loop, (or, if you're following me on Twitter, have friended me on Facebook and belong to one of the email loops I'm on, all of the above--yikes!) would you be really irritated?
Would you consign me to the shameless self-promoter basket?
Or would you shrug and think of me as merely a very new author who's doing what she has to do to build that all important "platform" the agents and editors all consider to be so very vital?
Would love to hear your comments because believe me, now I'm not entirely sure what to think about this issue.
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