… or friend you on Facebook, or like your page, or connect with you on LinkedIn, or add you to my circles on Google+, or subscribe to your blog, or invite you to promote yourself and your book on my blog, Reading Recommendations:
I recently added the following comments to an excellent blog post written by Tricia Drammeh, Author Etiquette for Contacting Book Bloggers. (This is just an excerpt of what I had to say. Please go to the link to read the rest of my comments as well as Tricia’s very informative list of DOs and DON’Ts when approaching book bloggers.)
(In a profile) If I read, “Author of the breathtaking new novel XXX”, I will not follow. But if someone describes themselves as, “Writer, reader, promoter of fellow authors”, I’ll not only follow, but will probably offer them promotion on my blog.
By the way, for me “reader” is the key word in that description, because the other way authors can get my attention is by asking me about my books or the other books I publish. If anyone asks to read and review either of my books, invites me to be a guest blogger or be interviewed, I automatically reciprocate and offer to promote them on Reading Recommendations. It’s only fair. After all, just like them I have a couple of books I’ve written and published that need promotion!
I do not follow for a follow.
I do not “like” a page for a “like” of my page.
I do not “connect” on LinkedIn with someone I don’t already know in person.
Unless … you can prove that my following you is just as beneficial to me as it is to you.
As I said in the post I reblogged again yesterday, There are no Write-By-Number kits … I’m not in this game for the numbers I can accumulate – and your numbers certainly don’t impress me. I’m looking for a corps of Readers both for my writing and that of the Authors I promote.
(And it should go without saying I will follow and friend those Authors I do promote on my site – and I trust they will reciprocate.)
So, if you want to get my attention please tell me what’s in it for me, if I follow you, or promote you, or friend you. Once you do gain my attention, and reciprocate my follow with genuine engagement on social media, you’ll discover that I can be a very loyal advocate. And, if you have also written a great book … well, then, I could just become your champion for life! You never know how these connections on social media will turn out, but all you need do is ask a few of the Authors I’ve met there and worked with over the past couple of years in order to realize I am a very effective Author Impressario indeed!
Oh, and one more thing … When I do follow you, if you auto-respond with a message to buy-your-book-like-your-Facebook-page, I will auto-matically unfollow you. And if you try to sell me Tweets, I will block you.
Just so you know …