Dear Writer … it’s not all about you, ya know! – a reminder

Please consider this to be reminder #4 … Unfortunately, it all needs to be said, yet again, because some of you just aren’t getting the message, I’m afraid. It’s still not all about you, Dear Writer!

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

I was going to write a blog post about social media and how I’ve been paring down my use of it, because I’m finding it to be not all that social or the best media for me at the moment. After discussing with a fellow author how disappointing Twitter is (and she cleverly described T. as “like a 4-lane highway at rush hour with cars bumper-to-bumper. It makes me nervous”), I realized what bothers me isn’t not being able to navigate and use Twitter properly, but more the barrage of Tweeps who constantly tweet: Look at me! Aren’t I clever! Buy my book!

Now I’m not saying that I don’t do some self-promotion on there, but I do try to balance that with tweets of value to others, including promoting fellow authors. And I also offer, up front in my profile, what I am prepared do for other Tweeps. Most…

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2 responses

  1. I’m glad you reblogged this. I didn’t catch it the first time around and it’s definitely worth a read. I’m not a very good Tweep. I tend to Tweet articles and links, and then slither away. Part of the problem is that I don’t know how to use Twitter, and part of the problem is it’s too fast-paced and busy for me. I can’t imagine that the non-stop spam is driving book sales. After a while, won’t most people tune it out? I promote my book when it first releases and again if I have a special event–I’m on a blog, I got a nice review, or it’s on sale. I figure everyone knows I wrote it. Either they bought it, or they didn’t. End of story. (This is probably why I haven’t sold a lot of books.) But back to the point you made about non-stop promo–it’s not all about you. It’s give and take. You’ve got to have something else to offer besides “buy my book” or people will get bored very fast. Boredom doesn’t sell books.

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Tricia!

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