This is a sort of open letter/ PSA to the writing community regarding social media, and holding our friends accountable.
Are we the company we keep? If our publishing house sister is spamming the crap out of Twitter, does that reflect poorly on the house, and ourselves?
There is a fine line between self-promotion and spam.
Some writers are fine dancers, courting the line but never stepping on its toes.
Other writers pole vault right over that line, straight into the land of ZOMGLOOKATMELOOKATMELOOKATMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Whenever I see one of these pole vaulters, I can't help but wonder where their friends are. Where are their crit partners? Where are their friends? Agents? Anyone? ANYONE?!
This writer is alienating their fan base/ followers. They are engaging in social media practices that are detrimental to their success.
So why aren't their friends saying anything to them?
We can be happy for our friends while holding them accountable for the things they are doing/ saying. If one of my CP's/ friends was constantly Following/ Unfollowing people to try to get their attention, or spamming my Twitter/ Facebook feed with shameless self promotion I would SAY SOMETHING!
Maybe these people's friends HAVE said something, and they didn't care to listen.
If that's the case, then we need to spread awareness about this. When I see a mention of your book, I should be excited, and happy for you. I shouldn't roll my eyes and go, 'oh fuck, here we go AGAIN. I hate this book and I haven't even read it...'
Friends don't let friends sabotage themselves. Friends shouldn't let friends self-promote to the point of Spamming. You may think one or ten posts a day isn't a big deal.
But when it's the SAME post, or a slightly different worded version of the same post, it's like gum we've already chewed. We're going to spit you out. We want something fresh.
Interact WITH us, don't talk AT us. It's a much better way to promote yourself, and your work.
Hold your friends, and yourselves accountable. We're all in this together.