The Fatalities of Social Networking.

If you read any marketing books aimed at indie authors there is often a great deal aimed at social networking. Blog, make a facebook page or tweet. Endless information that all says the same thing. Make your presence known on the world wide web.

Tweet using hashtags, undoubtedly at some point other writers will follow you, you will follow back and find other writers to follow who will in turn (if they haven’t got their head stuck up their own backsides) follow you back. It’s all very chess right? Like a huge interactive game of chess with many many players. You make a move, I make a move, they make a move. Hell – we’ll all make a move. Jump aboard the social train – it’s destined for…

Where? Where exactly is it destined for? You realise that the people following you are mostly writers who have followed you to ram promotional post after promotional post down your throat right? And there you were thinking that you could connect on a writer to writer level.

I tweeted last night my frustration at looking at peoples blogs. These are people that I follow on twitter. They post that they have a new blog up so off I go and have a look. If I like it then I’ll hit the like button, maybe retweet it and maybe comment. I try to connect.

The vast majority of the time those people that tweet ‘Hey come see my new blog post’ don’t give a damn about you. A rats ass – they do not give. Do you think they’re going to go and visit yours? Pff, nope! They are merely jumping aboard the social networking train. Promoting themselves, along with the many, many others that do the same and it’s a damn shame.

I follow writers because I want to interact with them. I search #writerproblems most nights on twitter to see who’s having problems, maybe they need words of encouragement? I do this because that’s what we should be doing. It’s okay that they market their book, by all means they should but do they have to mention it in every damn tweet? And how’s that going for them? Twitter is saturated in promotional tweets, so is their getting them any sales? I wonder.

I get that some authors have fans that get genuinely excited about new releases. I am one of those fans that gets excited too. I look forward to the announcement of a new book by an author that I love. It takes very few tweets to grab the audience’s attention. Maybe throw out one a night. Maybe a couple a day? But every ten minutes, you’re killing me man!

As Sir Elton John would say, ‘it’s a sad, sad situation’ and while the majority of this blog I write using sarcasm the fact remains that there are very few people who want to speak to you about anything that it not going to better them. That is not going to, in some way, benefit them.

At some point a lot of these writers have decided that they are holier than thou. They do not need to interact with you. Their blog is so interesting that the peasant’s will flock.

I am aware how very negative this sounds but this is what twitter is doing to fledgling writers. This is my experience. It leaves an impression – for me a mostly negative one. For others they may take from it that it’s okay to tweet constantly about their book with a little link that conveniently points their followers in the direction of its location from where they can purchase. How very thoughtful and kind of them. Allow me to throttle them – please?

BUT, there are the diamonds in the rough. For every hundred followers (a guestimate!) there is one person who will interact with me on a genuine level. They will respond to a tweet that I throw out about how well I am doing or how bad it’s going. They will cheer me on, cheer me up and root for me. They will congratulate my successes, commiserate my failures, they reach out to me. This is how we should be behaving.

These are the people that are worth my time and effort. They take to twitter to post about their experiences and share their knowledge. Indeed, they may promote their book every now and then but a lot of the time they are reaching out to others. These are also the people whose book I am more likely to buy. Oh the irony!


Love E.L

8 thoughts on “The Fatalities of Social Networking.

  1. So very true. Too many writers end up doing exactly that, promoting, asking for help promoting, and never actually CONNECTING. They don’t realize that it’s all about the connections we make, the friends we gather, giving as much as we get. I’m definitely rooting for you. 🙂

    • Thank you Heather 🙂 I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. When I spoke about the diamonds in the rough, I had you in mind amongst a small handful of others. We had interacted quite recently and I felt that I needed to say that their are people out there that are genuinely supportive. I just feel it so important that writers take a little bit of time to do that. What we do means that a lot of the time we are quite isolated. By connecting with others we keep our channel of communication open and we find some really nice people along the way. Mostly down to your #writersroad tag!

      • Aw, thank you. That means a lot, truly. Supporting other writers is very important to me and I love connecting with others who feel the same way.

        • You have made a difference to a fledgling writer. I hope to follow your example and do the same. 🙂

  2. It’s sad but true. People only want attention and views, it’s all about likes, rebloggs, retweets etc. The essence of this all is usually forgotten-to share our works and interact with others. Writers put souls into the words they write and in the end popularity is all that matters.

    • I agree completely. I think it is so sad that a lot of writers have become caught up in this. I feel they are alienating themselves from others and I wonder how many sales they actually get from all the heavy promo. I think they are selling themselves down the river. They have put so much into their books but with all the promotion they are becoming disconnected. I don’t know for sure as I have yet to publish but it just seems to me that they are cutting themselves off.

      • I completely agree with you. It’s the question to be or not to be? Will you sell your soul and make a greater success or will you stay true to yourself? It’s a tough one but I think that staying true to yourself will lead you to achieving your goals.
        Good luck with publishing your book:)

        • Thank you. I know I will stay true to myself. I see very little point in tweeting incessantly for promotional purposes. I will find other ways….I hope 🙂 x

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