I’ve been around romantic fiction for a long time. As a reader and fan for a LONG time, paying attention to authors I love in a variety of ways. And now I’ve been around as a published author for almost three years.
So, I want to know—in regard to author postings, what’s interesting and what’s irritating?
I have a couple of favorite authors who post political and religious opinions on a regular, passionate, basis.
I find it a turn-off, frankly. I even agree with them in most cases, but still find that using their Facebook page or blog—where I go to find out about them as *authors*-- to promote their religious or political interests is obnoxious. Am I alone?
Now, authors supporting causes—that’s another story (no pun intended *g*). I am impressed when authors take up a cause like supporting our military men and women, battered women shelters, or animal rescue groups.
But I’ll be honest, even at the risk of sounding cold—that can get old too. I mean, I love that they do it and yes, I’ve bought books where the proceeds go to charity. But I don’t know that I’d want to hear about it constantly. Their pages and posts should be about this *and* other stuff too, in my opinion.
Okay, so what about Facebook and Twitter posts about reviews or sales rankings or contracts? Do you care about that stuff? Would you rather it came from another source? Other readers raving about books, posting links to reviews, gushing about rankings at Amazon?
Of course, we all know—and have seen (oy!) examples of authors behaving badly—when authors respond to negative reviews or postings on Goodreads, etc. But I’m talking about authors going on and on about *good* stuff. Is that really different after awhile?
I’m curious because, not only do authors I like do these things, but I’ve done them too. I’ve posted about reviews, for sure. I’ve shared excitement over new contracts or nice things readers have said. But is that fun to hear? Or annoying? Or, as I suspect based on my personal experience reading other authors’ posts, is there a fine line?
Anyone want to share some input? Where is that line? What do readers want to know? What should we keep to ourselves?
I’m sure I’m not the only one who’d like to know what you think! *g*