I’ve noticed something lately on the Twitter. No, not how cute your cat is or how awesome your lunch looked.
New authors not talking to their fans or bloggers. I swear I have ranted about this before but for the life of me I don’t know what I named the post. In any case, one such new author seems to only talk to other authors or publishing related people. Another only talks to authors who she is friends with. Another wrote a book that took off like a bat out of hell, and now doesn’t reply to the people she talked to in the beginning.
Please remember, using your author name, book cover and Tweeting about your book makes your account a representation of yourself as an author. It’s not just a personal page any more. Once your book is attached to that account, it’s all about “the brand” for lack of a better term.
As a fan, it does chafe to be ignored by an author that you read and fell in love with. You do feel slighted when you see them replying to other authors you follow but totally ignore you. Especially when it’s a new author, you want to root for them and to get nothing in response to a question, well it’s not very nice. I don’t expect a instant friendship, but if I have a question that I am sure no one has asked or I haven’t seen answered, to ask and be ignored…ugh.
This is the problem that comes with social media and accessibility. We often don’t look at the other side of the coin. Yes, some authors probably don’t do this on purpose because they don’t even realize that a “thank you” or an answer to a fans question might mean something to that fan. As a reader, I have stopped reading authors who have been rude to fans via social media.
If you feel the need to talk to other authors/publishers about business related stuff, email! But if you are using your Twitter account as a marketing tool….reply to people with questions for you! Again, all of this only applies to authors who constantly and consistently ignore questions aimed at them.
Am I crazy here? Have you unfollowed people because of this? Or am I alone in the wilderness here?