The brief for today – if you are following along at Armchair BEA is Interaction. Specifically Author Interaction
Let’s talk interacting with authors IRL (in real life) or online. This is your opportunity to talk about your favorite author readings that you have attended. Or, you can feature your favorite author fan moment (i.e., an author sent you a tweet or commented on your blog). Maybe you even want to share how your interactions have changed since becoming a blogger or share your own tips that you have learned along the way when interacting with authors as a blogger.
Book blogging takes a ton of time: you are reading, writing reviews, setting posts, promoting posts, checking calendars, looking for new reads, trying to stay fresh…. yeah. It’s a ton of time. And all too often, we struggle with the time needed for interactions, or get the balance wrong. I know that I still struggle with it all – I’d love to be able to spend hours a day playing with authors and readers, and bantering back and forth…but since a day has only 24 hours …I can’t do what I do, and do that too.
So – I struggle with it. I spend time answering comments, and popping in and out of various FB groups and pages to leave notes and check in with people, and my email is ALWAYS open and going for those ‘instant answers’ that I need to provide. But in the middle of it all, when I’m feeling most stressed and struggling to make the 3rd review I’ve polished that day sound unique – a note, a tweet or retweet or even a quick HEY- Thank you from an author can make a day!
See – I started out blogging and beta reading, and the beta reading took off really quickly. Apparently the authors that I read for liked my comments and suggestions: so much so that I have had to stop taking new authors, and work as the ‘primary beta’ for two other regulars.
Now, these are the authors that I feel like I know better than others now, and we are able to share stories that aren’t just related to the written page. And other authors that I have come to know through reviewing, who recommend me to their author friends, or suggest that people check out my site – those really make my day.
But – as much as those are wonderful to get – there are author interactions that aren’t so pleasant. And others who just completely ignore the simple rule “how would I feel if someone did this to me / with my information /acted like this”.
So – simply put:
Don’t mass email a group of bloggers because they review – unless you have looked AT their site and think your book could fit in there.
NEVER mass email a group of anyone with all emails available for everyone to see – BCC is your friend
Understand that EVERY person has different tastes – and what works for person A in your book may not work for persons B, and C. If you do not want to take a chance of a less than 5 star review – don’t be an author. And – encouraging others to demean, vote down, harass or otherwise pester reviewers about a review you feel is “not good” is a sure-fire way to get a bad reputation. I don’t care if you are “listed” in any of the big lists – word gets around
Book bloggers do talk – and there are lists out there of which authors to not touch. We all have authors we will not work with too – as well as others that we will suggest to readers and other bloggers looking for content. Chances are – if I won’t work with you – I won’t recommend your books.