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Thursday, June 2, 2011
8:01 PM | Posted by Maureen | | Edit Post
Yeah, odd subject. Sorta.
But I want to come at this stuff of socializing two different ways.
Firstly, we’ve blathered about the whole ‘nightmare’ of social networking. Ups and downs, etc. Now, here is the question of the day on that front…it’s easy to make mistakes in the swamp of social networking. Easy to have a bad day, say the wrong thing and inadvertently smack someone in the face. I’m curious about how those stumbles affect the actual sale of books, not to mention an author’s rep.
Yes, I’m certain that if you are slapped, you aren’t likely to buy a book from that author again. But…what if you’re on the sidelines, just saw this faux pas? Or you are a friend of the slapped? And this is an author whose books you absolutely adore. An author you have on auto buy! An author whose prose sends you floating…
What do you do?
You see, I’ve met authors who I enjoyed reading. They weren’t necessarily my ab-fab favorites, but I liked them. They told good stories and they did it well.
Then I met them. And…blech. Sometimes more than blech. Sometimes real revulsion. Did I stop reading them?
Actually, a few I did. And when friends would gush about these authors? I’d sorta smile and didn’t try to go into why I seldom read them anymore…
I mean, everyone has a bad day. And my snubs may have just been bad days. And the more than snubs? Those I did talk about.
What about you? I do tend to be pretty forgiving on the social stumbles. We all get a bit bogged down sometimes and we all have bad days. I figure I’m gonna mouth off or say the exact wrong thing eventually and I can only hope those who witness won’t judge me from one bad day.
But I’m curious, how do you feel about this?
At the other side, I want to crow about my publisher and something they are doing this month. My book, The Kraken’s Mirror, is the Read for the Cure Book of the Month at Decadent Publishing. What does this mean? Well, any purchase of the book during the month of June means my publisher donates the proceeds from that book to the fight for a cure to cancer. If you’re going to buy my book, consider doing it this month. If you bought it and liked it, consider encouraging anyone you think might enjoy it to buy it this month.
Because this is the peak of social networking, publisher style! ;-)
Gads! I almost forgot! I have a pair of pirate socks to give away! Random comment wins the prize! ;-)
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