I love GoodReads. LOVE it. As an author I’m often rejected when I request to be GoodRead friends with another reader. It’s a strange phenomenon, but definitely true. Here’s the thing. As you try to meet as many readers as possible, Good Reads will look at what you read and who your friends are there and then suggest new friends for you. I always click whoever GoodReads suggests, I mean, why wouldn’t I? Since when is what we read a huge secret? And don’t we want to shout from the rooftops when we find a book that makes us sing? Right?? That’s what I thought and so I’d click away, think “Yeah I wanna be your friend! and her friend and his friend.”
MY point of this post…..BE CAREFUL AUTHORS
I am a tweet addict and often stalk as much as I tweet. Recently while stalking, I saw a slew of GoodReads readers ranting and raving and freaking out over authors trying to friend them on GoodReads. I had to travel back over all the posts and tweets and follow the little convos to get it all, and I still don’t get the full idea because I am me. BUT here’s what I learned (cause I’m all about sharing info)
Some reviewers are so completely bombarded with authors spamming them READ MY BOOK READ MY BOOK READ MY BOOK that they now make a habit of NOT friending fellow GoodReaders if they see they are authors.
Let that sink in.
Alert your attorney! We call discrimination! Authors have rights too!
I AM JOKING. We are such a litigious society. Put down your phones people. Serious.
I have stopped clicking the suggested friends on GoodReads and I am saddened by this. Why? Because I AM A READER. (I also happen to write.) But I’m a reader first. and I’m a reader all day. And when this whim of mine to be a big writer one day when I grow up, runs its course, I will still be a reader. I am greedy for the next book. I want to read everything. I hate to miss out on anything bookish – ever. GoodReads was fabulous for this…until I put up an author page. Now, I have to readjust my mass-friending strategy a bit. Because some of the people I tried to friend apparently were offended – maybe not by me personally but in general. No AUthors Allowed they say.
And for the record…
I get spammed by authors, too.
I choose to hit “Delete” when spam arrives in my email. It takes about 1/10 of a second. *click* all gone. Moving on. BUT that’s me being me. It takes a lot to get under my skin.
So, dear GoodReads patrons with an author page…if you’re feeling dissed and dismissed by other readers, it might be your author status. Shrug and smile and let.it.go. But, KNOW it does happen, and don’t take it personally.
AND UM… HELLLLLOOOOOO: For those of you using social media to make a full court press to sell your book, tweeting auto-hourly-tweets and friending people all over hte web just to send them an auto message BUY MY BOOK…..how’s that working for you?
Cause you’re doing it wrong. But more about that another day.