As my first reader reviews trickle in, I find myself wrestling with the nebulous etiquette of the internet. One thing I've seen over and over the past couple of years is an increasing resistence to self-promoting authors. Authors who send friend requests to everyone who so much as mentions their book. Authors who comment on reader reviews (or, worse, argue with them). There is a thin divide between networking and pushing.
I quite understand the desire to show up wherever discussion of my books arise, all hyped with eagerness and offering to answer any questions. Or to just go "thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou" because someone managed to read something I've written.
So far (fortunately for my fragile little ego) my first few reviews have all been overwhelmingly positive (I particularly enjoyed book-blogger Alana's review at her Sunshine and Bones blog; she handed me one of the best compliments I've ever had). And, gosh (golly gee-whiz other non-expletive exclamations) it is HARD not to jump in and squee at people.
So this is a generalised, non-pushy, hopefully the right side of internetiquette THANK YOU to those who have read and especially those who have said Nice Things about my books.
I am smiling.
12 January 2011
A Fine Point of Etiquette
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