You want me to do WHAT? Basic marketing etiquette 101


I know it’s the silly season out there and everyone’s frantically SELLING. But are you? Are you really?

Stop and think. Just a moment. It’ll help your sales. I promise!

  • If you invite me to Like a page, have you found mine and Liked it? Or had any interaction with me? I’m not going to fill up my feed with people whose only message is BUY! BUY! BUY! (Unless you’re excited about my new releases. Frenzied enthusiasm for my books is highly encouraged.)
  • My twitter feed is my real estate. I want followers who read in English. Because I write books. In English.
  • If you cannot post in my language, odds are high that I’ll ignore you. Just as you will never read this because it’s not in YOUR language.
  • Men – I am not here to find a date. This will become more obvious when I have cover art plastered on my various social media sites. I don’t care about the pictures you’ve copied from other people’s sites. The guys I write about are far more exciting than anything you can invent. That’s why I’m the writer.
  • There’s a special level of Hell for the spammers who tag me trying to sell junk via the click farms. Expect to be summarily executed by whatever blocking mechanism is available to me.
  • Finally, do not be offended or drop me if I select “Cannot Go” or RSVP in the negative for your event. Even if I had full time staff in every time zone, it would be physically impossible to attend everything. I go out of my way to try and support people who have supported my efforts.

Courtesy is the prince of virtues. Let’s practice it and be kind to one another.

Why You Really Need to Sign up for My Newsletter

Once again, a prominent social media site advertising a billion users “Temporarily Suspended” my account. Their excuse? Suspicious activity with the excuse I must have been “phished.” Uh huh. Given I was using my iPad app, which logs on via the saved password to post for the first time in a few days, I don’t think so. This after Big Brother locked a bunch of us out earlier this year for GASP! using the word Author after our names. See Shoshanna Evers’ excellent blog on the gyrations she had to go through to be reinstated. Obviously I got back on after a stint of being told my state’s drivers license did not constitute legal proof of my identity. Really? But it made me very conscious that I never wanted my writing business at the mercy of any faceless entity.

Takeaway lesson? If you’re a drag queen and use an alternate persona, you’ll get an apology if you’re outed. If you’re a writer , you’d better pay to boost your posts. But I digress.

The key is that I own this website. I own my intellectual property. Posts made on social media are at the mercy of those providers. Posts made here belong to me. I’m always open to civil conversations on my site, as I am to those held in my house.

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I’m a writer. Sign up and let’s keep the conversation going. No “served to 4 people” or “Pay to boost this post” found here. Just a writer with books coming in 2016. If you find me missing from the other place, you know you can always find me here. So sign up for the newsletter and drop by for my posts. You’re always welcome here.