Art of the Overshare: Freaky Friday with Michelle Roth

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Overtly racist memes, ignorant commentary about things you know nothing about, mutilated animal pics, rants of a professional nature, requests for people to report suspect reviews on your books, begging for reviews, rants about your online ex boyfriend or your relative that’s trying to steal from your dead grandmother. “Click here or this baby dies” type emotional blackmail.

Can we just file this away under shit that should never appear on your author account? Yes. Yes we can.

A while back, I talked about creating a web presence (or a BRAND, if you will) and how people will want to get to know you as an author. I didn’t mean that they wanted to know your crazy, emotional shit. Please save that for your personal page, friends, family, and those closest to you. As a reader, there is nothing worse than finding out the author that wrote your favorite series is a total asshole.

Talk about your new kittens, your garden, what you’re planning to do at your next conference. Where you went on vacation. Updates about your life. When you’ve reached a personal victory in your life that has nothing to do with writing.

Unless you’re looking to make your personal brand “Author Name: Crazy Person with Drama” then stick to mostly positive topics. It’s okay to express frustration or sadness from time to time, but to make that the majority of what you’re sharing aside from your promo just makes people cringe.

This is not directed at anyone in particular. I don’t do passive-aggressive. If you read this and thought I was talking about you, then perhaps you should re-evaluate your FB posting topics?

Till next time, kiddos.

xoxox,

Michelle Roth

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About Michelle Roth

Michelle Roth is a novelist from the Great White North (Toronto, ON). When sheโ€™s not disappearing into foreign lands, or making two perfect strangers that she invented fall in love, sheโ€™s probably curled up somewhere with a glass of wine and a good book. In her spare time she is typically hanging out with her awesome boyfriend and their two equally awesome cats. She likes taking road trips to nowhere in particular, cooking elaborate meals then making other people do the dishes, and being nerdy on the internet. Her books are currently available on http://www.bookstrand.com/michelle-roth

6 thoughts on “Art of the Overshare: Freaky Friday with Michelle Roth

  1. Great post, and I’m so glad you mentioned kittens ๐Ÿ˜‰ I may or may not have shared a lot of kitten pics over the last month. #ObsessedKittenMamaRightHere

    *sniggers*

    Seriously though, I have seen a few posts lately that made me shake my head in bemused wonder. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Love the advice and you are so right! I try to stay as positive as possible on my page because really that’s what people see. Sure, they read the books but what they see and remember are what they see of “me” on social media. ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish I had kittens but I don’t, I have a Yorkie that has all of us wrapped around her little paws though. (brat that she is)

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  3. Oh yeah, there’s a difference from being a real person with real thoughts and options vs I’m going to share this crazy racist/homophobic/some kind of cruelty meme/gif/drama-filled post.

    Sometimes I sit there and blink rapidly as I wonder “Why on earth would you share that? You’re going to alienate so many people that enjoy reading your books….”

    And then other times, I think “I wonder if they used a ghostwriter… and if they did, did they read the book before it was accepted and published?”

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