One of the most startling things to me, by far, is when I see other authors trashing each other on social media. Whether it be spreading of rumors, targeted bullying, or just passive aggressive sniping… it just doesn’t make sense to me. Not only is it generally unkind (which should be enough reason to avoid it) but it’s bad business.
During each release of my catalog, I’ve had several authors:
- Spread the word about my new book on social media (most of the time without even asking)
- Post my media kits on their blog.
- Read and review my books without prompting
When you’re a new author, starting out, please understand that your social media reach will be approximately zero. You’ll stumble into a few Facebook groups and post your ads. You’ll spam the shit out of Twitter. Maybe you’ll take advantage of the three people in your circles on Google Plus, but.. honestly. No one knows who you are yet. You cannot market a book alone.
Each author out there has done something similar to the above… sometimes 50 more times than you.. and has gained a small to large audience. When they share your work, they’re magnifying your reach. If I cannot convince you that a general sense of decency is enough reason to not be a dick to someone, then perhaps, think about the bottom dollar a minute.
I remember when E.L. James did her twitter hash tag to ask questions about the Fifty Shades series. I’m sure she got a ton of relevant questions, but.. she also got crucified by a lot of critics. There were several authors who took so much pleasure in what had to be MORTIFYING. They posted tons of screenshots and ranted about her success. I’ll admit that I read more than my share of the brutal questions.
It was like a train wreck, and I spent a couple of days rubbernecking. It was really, really, sad to watch. I kept wondering when it would end.
Each person is entitled to dislike whatever they want. The book brought out some strong emotions for all of us, but.. even if you hated it, why on earth would you begrudge another person success? Why would you revel in their embarrassment? It’s bullying, pure and simple.
This brings me ’round to the point of the post. There is enough success to go around for all of us. Stop treating other authors as the enemy. When you change your perspective and start looking at the folks around you as a support network, then not only does that make you a nicer person (karma bonus!!) but it also makes your job easier.
*takes a deep breath* And those are my thoughts for the day.